‘It Chapter Two’ offers more chills than thrills of original (Review)


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The latest film in the It franchise was released on Sept 6. The darker, more realistic portrayals of Pennywise and his victims will leave you scared yet thrilled.

Once defeated by the members of the Losers’ Club, the evil clown Pennywise has come back after twenty-seven years to terrorize the town of Derry, Maine once again.   

When the remake of It came out in 2017, director Andrés Muschietti (the third director involved in the process) decided to split the original Steven King story (published in 1986, then made into a tv miniseries in 1990) into two films. This movie, Chapter Two,  now picks up the story when the members of the Losers’ Club, now adults, have gone their separate ways. 

When people begin disappearing all throughout Derry, however, Mike Hanlon calls everyone back to defeat Pennywise once and for all.  Members of the club have to face their fears all over again along the way, with Pennywise being stronger than ever before. 

I had the opportunity to watch this movie on the day it came out, and it was amazing.   I feel that all the actors for It Chapter Two fit the person they are meant to be really well, and they also fit the first It’s cast for the children. Bill Hader as Richie Tozier and James Ransone as Eddie Kaspbrak were excellent decisions for this movie; these two lit up the whole theater with laughter.  The connection between Billy, played by James McAvoy, and Beverly, played by Jessica Chastain, was also great

While the 2017 It film was more thrilling than the sequel, the second It was scarier.  When watching the first It, I was scared out of my mind, but upon watching it again, it is not nearly as scary as its sequel. I feel like the second It made me tenser, that there were darker moments than the first, such as when a little girl is attacked under the bleachers at a baseball game. This movie didn’t just make me feel scared, but it also made me cry, due to its touching moments. 

This emotional thriller is worth the tears and fears.  Overall, it is an enjoyable movie-watching experience for those that want to be scared, especially in these days leading up to Halloween.