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"IT Chapter Two" Andrés Muschietti

by Katherine Fernandez - Contributing Writer
Tue, Sep 17th 2019 11:15 pm

The highly anticipated sequel to the 2017 box office hit, “IT Chapter Two” fell short of expectations. In the movie, the members of the Losers’ Club return to Derry after 27 years to face Pennywise and end his centuries-long reign of terror. 

The audience discovers the memories of the characters’ childhood encounter with the fearsome clown have faded, as have their memories of each other. After returning, the Losers’ Club members recall their past traumas and battle their individual nemesis before facing Pennywise together. In contrast to the first film, the chemistry between the characters was lacking and their development was disappointing.

Beverly Marsh (Jessica Chastain) is revictimized in her adulthood by a physically and verbally abusive husband. Much like the sexual abuse she endured at the hands of her father in her youth, Beverly is small and submissive in these situations. When she receives word Pennywise has returned to Derry, she musters the courage to defy her husband and flee, only to fall back into a love triangle with Bill Denbrough (James McAvoy) and Ben Hanscom (Jay Ryan). 

Although the boys have been in love with Beverly since their youth, I think the writers of the film could have strayed from the books and represented her in a more realistic way. This portrayal of Beverly, and women in general, is outdated and left a bad taste in my mouth. 

I also felt like Richie Tozier’s (Bill Hader) sexuality storyline was an afterthought. It made sense that Richie spent his childhood bickering with Eddie Kaspbrak (James Ransone) as a way to hide his one-sided affections, but had the film elaborated on Richie’s struggles with his sexuality, the audience would have felt the impact of Eddie’s death much more. That being said, Hader’s performance in the scenes after Eddie’s death was phenomenal and really made you feel his character’s loss. In my opinion, Hader and Ransone had more on-screen chemistry than Chastain and Ryan. 

The ridiculous CGI used on Finn Wolfhard, who plays adolescent Richie, was incredibly distracting throughout the film. It is understandable the young cast from the first movie grew significantly between the two films but editing Wolfhard’s eyes to look bigger only gave him a cartoonish quality, not a youthful one. 

These issues, combined with a lackluster climax and scares that bordered on comical left me waiting for someone to announce a reboot. Perhaps a miniseries on Netflix or Hulu would be a better format, much like Stephen King’s “Castle Rock.”

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