It Chapter 2 – Mostly Spoiler Free Review
It Chapter Two is a 2019 American supernatural horror film and the sequel to the 2017 film It, both based on the 1986 novel by Stephen King. The film is directed by Andy Muschietti and written by Gary Dauberman. Set in 2016, 27 years after the first film, it stars Jessica Chastain, James McAvoy, Bill Hader, Isaiah Mustafa, Jay Ryan, James Ransone, and Andy Bean as the adult versions of the Losers’ Club. Jaeden Martell, Sophia Lillis, Finn Wolfhard, Chosen Jacobs, Jeremy Ray Taylor, Jack Dylan Grazer, and Wyatt Oleff reprise their roles as the younger Losers, while Bill Skarsgård also returns as Pennywise the Dancing Clown.
27 years after the events of the first movie, we come back to Derry, Main and see Adrian Mellon and his boyfriend Don Hagarty are attacked by a group of homophobic youths. Adrian is then thrown from a bridge and killed by Pennywise the Dancing Clown while Don watches helplessly. Mike Hanlon overhears the incident on a police scanner and rushes to the scene. Upon realizing that “It” has resurfaced, he calls the other members of the Losers Club — Bill Denbrough, Ben Hanscom, Beverly Marsh, Richie Tozier, Eddie Kaspbrak, and Stanley Uris — back to Derry. Most are amnesiac about their childhoods and disturbed by the calls, but agree to return. Stanley, however, commits suicide after his call.
The Losers reunite at a local restaurant and slowly begin to recover their memories, but are terrified by disturbing visions and taunts caused by It. The group is then informed of Stanley’s suicide. Richie and Eddie decide to leave while Mike reveals to Bill that he met with a Native American tribe who showed him a vision of It arriving to Earth from the stars, and informed him of the Ritual of Chüd, a way of destroying It once and for all. Bill and Mike convince Richie and Eddie to stay and finish what was started. Henry Bowers, having survived his apparent death, has been confined to a mental hospital, but with the help of It, he escapes. For the ritual to work, each Loser must have an artifact from their past. Beverly goes to her old home and finds the love letter Ben wrote for her, though she still believes Bill wrote it. Bill goes to the storm drain where Georgie was killed and recovers Georgie’s paper boat. Ben goes to the town’s high school and finds his old yearbook page, which Beverly was the only person to sign.
Eddie goes to a pharmacy and recovers an inhaler. Richie goes to an abandoned arcade where he finds a game token. After escaping individual encounters with It, the Losers use a shower cap from their childhood clubhouse for Stanley and Mike finds the rock that started their fight against the Bowers gang years prior. Bill goes to find Dean, a young boy who he met on the road and who lives in Bill’s old house, and rushes to a carnival to save him, but he helplessly watches Dean be devoured by It right in front of him. Traumatized by his failure to save both Georgie and Dean, he returns to the Neibolt house to murder It. Bowers attacks and wounds Eddie and Mike, but is killed by Richie. The rest of the Losers depart for the Neibolt house to help Bill. The group descends into a massive cavern beneath the sewers and complete the Ritual, but It is able to withstand the Ritual, unaffected. It takes on a giant, spider-like form with Pennywise’s head, and pressures Mike into revealing to the Losers that the Natives who attempted the Ritual in the past all perished.
The Losers are then thrown into nightmarish scenarios that they all eventually escape from before arriving back in the cavern. Richie is paralyzed by It’s hypnotic “deadlights” and is about to be killed, but Eddie saves him, being impaled by It in the process. The Losers regroup and realize It can be killed if they stand up to him and make him feel smaller than he actually is. They surround and insult It over and over, making him physically shrink and weaken until they are able to tear out his heart and crush it, killing It. Eddie dies from his injuries despite Richie’s attempts to save him. The remaining Losers are forced to escape, as the Neibolt House crashes in on itself.
They then wash themselves from the blood, dirt & muck by swimming in the quarry that they used to go to as kids. Beverly, who has realized it was Ben who wrote the letter, shares a kiss with him, and the two start a romantic relationship. Richie returns to the bridge where he had once carved his initials and those of another person, now revealed to be Eddie. Mike decides to move out of Derry to start a new life. The Losers all receive posthumous letters from Stanley, explaining that he believed he would have held them back, but knew they could defeat It if they were brave without him.
I found the movie to be a bit too long at 170 minutes. I loved the acting and the cast was almost perfectly chosen. I couldn’t ask for a better performance. Pennywise was fucking bonkers and scary as ever but the movie as a whole isn’t as scary as I thought it would be. Overall I think it is a lesser movie than the first. I give it a 7.5 outta 10!