The following Blu-ray was provided to me by Warner Brothers for Review. Thoughts and opinions are my own.
It should come as no surprise that they made It: Chapter 2. I say that not only because the first chapter was such a massive hit, but because the first film only contains the first half of the book. Now where as the first film centered on the Losers Club as children, Chapter 2 shows them as adults, with of course flashbacks to their childhood intertwined within the film. It was a massive success and actually holds the Fandango record for advance ticket sales for a horror film.
It Chapter 2 opens with Pennywise murdering a local gay man in Derry Maine, after he and his partner were assaulted by a group of young punks. Mike Hanlon Isaiah Mustafa) now an adult and still living in Derry as the town librarian hears the police call and after going to investigate realizes that Pennywise has come back. Mike then calls all of his childhood friends back to town so they can keep the promise they made to return and finish the job if Pennywise ever returned. Beverly Marsh (Jessica Chastain) is now a fashion designer who is routinely beaten by her husband. Richie Tozier (Bill Hader) is now a successful standup comic. Bill Denbrough (James McAvoy) is a writer who married an actress. Ben Hanscom (Jay Ryan) now the owner of his own Architecture company and no longer fat. Eddie Kaspbrak (James Ransone) a risk assessor who still lives with his mother. And finally Stanley Uris (Andy Bean now a partner in an accounting firm. Mike convinces them to all return only to find that their memories of the past are foggy at best. It turns out when you leave Derry you begin to forget past evils. However everything soon returns to them during dinner where the group learns that Stan is not their because he committed suicide.
Beverly tells the group she has had visions of all their deaths if they try to leave which convinces Eddie and Richie to stay. Mike manages to drug Bill and show him visions of a Native tribe’s ritual of Chud which shows the keys to defeating Pennywise once and for all. They will need seven items from when they were kids to use to stop Pennywise. Unfortunately for them Pennywise knows they are back and manages to help break Henry Bowers out of the Metal Institution he has been locked up in to kill all of them.
I enjoyed how the adult scenes had many flashbacks to the groups childhood, as there childhood counterparts were far more interesting. As they would search for a piece of the past it would insert a flashback. To me that was a nice touch as the original min-series did not have flashbacks in the second chapter. The book did, and this story does follow it very closely. When I say the childhood counterparts are more interesting its nothing against the actors in this film. They play their parts fine, its just that the Losers Club as adults are not very interesting. In fact their pretty annoying. Beverly is one of the worst characters I’ve seen in film, as is Bill. Nothing against the actors I once again must state, its just the characters themselves are not sympathetic in the least.
This is Richie’s film. Not only is Bill Hader the comic relief, he’s truly the heart and soul of the group. He had, at least it was eluded to, a homosexual attraction to Richie but its never explored, only implied. I would have liked to see a bit more with that, given his performance in the scene where he is being tormented by Pennywise in the town park is so well done. It added another layer to the character.
The film is long. In fact that’s my only real issue with it. Its close to 3 hours long, and that is a long time to invest in a horror movie. Now don’t get me wrong, it should not have been cut for time. I would have enjoyed if they would have actually added more to it and split it into two films. There were many elements they could have delved further into which would have probably made the adult counterparts of the Losers Club more interesting.
Warner Brothers has done a tremendous job with the transfer as this looks even better then when I saw it in the theater. The video is stunning to say the least. The sound is fantastic as well and everything just comes at, and during the end climax around you. It really gives it the feeling that your inside the movie. They even loaded it up with special features.
Is It Chapter 2 a good film, yes it is. My issue really is with the adult characters. The kids grew up into pretty annoying people. To me that hurt the film a bit. The 3 hour run time is a bit long, but it never slows down and drags. If you liked the book you will enjoy this. I mean if you like Chapter 1 you will enjoy this. It’s definitely a must own for any horror collection.
Overall 3 out of 5 Stars!