IT: Chapter Two (Movie Review)
Oscar Rendon | St. Louis, MO | September 9th, 2019
IT: Chapter Two stars James McAvoy, Jessica Chastain, Bill Hader, Isaiah Mustafa, Jay Ryan, James Ransone, Andy Bean & Bill Skarsgård. The younger versions of the Losers Club return as well with Finn Wolfhard, Jaeden Martell, Wyatt Oleff, Jack Dylan Grazer, Sophia Lillis, Chosen Jacobs, and Jeremy Ray Taylor reprising their roles.
So let’s get into it, IT: Chapter Two had a lot to live up to as the first film did amazing not only in box office but critically as well. Much of the praise came from the great performances from the kids in the film who stole the show in Chapter One. 27 years later and all grown up the film cast James McAvoy, Jessica Chastain, Bill Hader, Isaiah Mustafa, Jay Ryan, James Ransone, and Andy Bean to play the older Losers Club and I gotta be honest it wasn’t the same. While the film had a lot to offer, some of the older cast turned in okay performances. While the hype was there for James McAvoy and Jessica Chastain, the real stars of the film were Bill Hader and James Ransone who play the adult versions of Richie and Eddie. Both not only turned in great performances but somehow captured the essence of their child counterparts Finn Wolfhard and Jack Dylan Grazer. Hader was the one casting that could’ve been hit or miss but surprised me when he delivered a very compelling and dramatic performance. He added another layer to the performance that Finn Wolfhard established in the first film and made it even more dynamic. James Ransone as an adult Eddie was not only great casting but you could see all the mannerisms and ticks that Grazer gave the character in the previous film. Eddie was almost a stunted man still haunted by his childhood the most and it was amazing to see the transformation throughout the film.
Now we’re all wondering if Pennywise was still as scary as we remember and I can say he was if not even more ruthless. Pennywise played by Bill Skarsgård delivers another great performance as the killer clown. After his defeat in the first film Pennywise returns to Derry for revenge and his return causes the Losers Club to return for one final battle. While the comedy in the film provided by James Ransone and Bill Hader over delivered, the more dramatic performances that hinged on McAvoy, Chastain, and Ryan fell a little flat and instead found myself more interested in Richie and Eddie’s story arc. Adult Stanley played by Andy Bean who is almost a mirror image of Wyatt Oleff is barely in the film which I think was a waste after a pitch perfect casting. While his presence is felt and the younger Stan has more screen time (via flashbacks) than the adult I felt they could have added more to his story to give it that punch that it needed.
Overall, the film had a lot of scares and gory scenes especially involving Pennywise and children. The adults are hit and miss when it comes to some of the scenes, apart they struggled to hold my attention but together they played to each others strengths. The film does have a bit of CGI when it comes to the creature effects and also de-aging the young losers club who had aged quite a bit in the 2 years in between films. The reintroductions of the Losers Club could have been explored more to give us a bit more of a connection. I liked the performances from all involved but was delighted with Bill Hader & James Ransone and as always Bill Skarsgård as Pennywise completes the film.