It Chapter Two (SPOILERS)
It Chapter Two (2019) SPOILER review
So It Chapter Two had a very solid $91 million domestic bow at the box office last weekend, falling short of the first film, but already covering the film’s budget. Despite mixed reactions early on, the film has settled into lukewarm reviews, with a 7.0 on IMDB, 63% on IMDb, and a Metascore of 58 currently. Ironically, I thought the reviews were going to get a bit more negative instead of positive, so I was surprised to see how many people do generally like this film! So basically what I am going to do today, since neither of us want to see Hustlers (2019) and we are seeing Goldfinch (2019) tonight, is talk just a bit more about some things I liked and didn’t like in It Chapter Two! SPOILERS ahead if you haven’t seen the movie!
(Also just so you know, I’m not going to go through this in order or anything, I’m just going to talk until I have reached my word count because this movie is still a pretty popular talking point, and my review of this in particular has become our most liked and read ever! So thank you to everyone who liked it! We really appreciate it! But enough sappy appreciations, let’s talk killer clowns and trippy Native American rituals!
Okay so, again, I have not read the book. But I do know that they go into his mind in the end and there’s a giant space turtle or something. Considering both the ending of the book and the ending of the original 1990 film, I did enjoy the finale in this movie! I think Eddie’s death was super predictable though. He was not only the first character to get over his learning curve that carried over from childhood, but he was given another one that he of course had to win by the finale. And while that show where It stops Richie was just INCREDIBLE, it was followed by a very obvious ‘back turned to the villain’ moment from Eddie. So that could have been better I think. I did like Pennywise’s demise though! Sure it looked creepy, but talking down to him based on what he builds himself up to be and how we know he works, does seem pretty effective!
Now I hadn’t seen the 1990 film before watching this, so Stanley’s death early on was a surprise! (I still haven’t seen the 1990 film because I don’t want to, but I watched the two-part Cinemasins on it, so know I at least know some things that happen.) I really liked that Stanley would rather die than go back to face Pennywise. Until the ending made it all self-sacrificial. Honestly I thought that was just a little lame. It took away from the impact of his death early on I think. It also had me questioning what the characters did and did not remember, which I would have liked to see more about early on. I don’t know, it felt just a little too much like they were afraid the audience would judge Stanley or something, so they wanted to make suicide noble. I just don’t like that very much.
Something else I was not a fan of was the really inconsistent character choices. Sure I get that the movie has to movie, and horror movies have to horror movie pretty hard sometimes, so I will buy that all the characters have to split up for their flashback-jumpscare combo meals so they can learn the same things they did in the last movie. What I don’t buy is freaking Bill going off by himself after Pennywise when all of the other characters would have gone with him! Or at least some of them. Like, he should know that A. It’s a trap, B. more people can help overpower Pennywise, but one feeds on his own fear of letting the kid die, and C. it’s OBVIOUSLY A TRAP. But no no no, Bill is the kind of person that will stick his arm in the sewer now. Because he’s an idiot I guess. Look, I get that his weakness is his brother’s death and that he blames himself, but didn’t he kind of learn that in the first movie? It’s obviously not his fault that a killer clown that he wouldn’t know existed ate his little brother.
Now I know there has to be a trailer, so the things that the trailer spoils were going to exist, whether they be the same things or different things. But dang I wish the trailer hadn’t spoiled some moments like the old lady or the girl under the bleachers. This lends to a huge problem I have with this movie: nothing was scary. Granted noting scared me in the first It (2017), so this wasn’t a massive step down as far as horror goes. But that movie at least creeped my out a few times. This one features some odd choices like a giant weird CGI old lady monster that consistently looked- well, bad. Or a giant Paul Bunyan, which I think Richie would have told the group about. I would have. And this is what I meant in my first review when I say it retcons the first movie. They all split up, get jumpscared by Pennywise, and when they come back together, none of them think it’s worth mentioning.
Okay so I don’t have many spoiler-y things that I did like, just the broad strokes like the incredible performances and pitch-perfect casting. Overall though, this film boiled down to a bunch of choices I just couldn’t get behind. Aside from cutting maybe twenty minutes, I don’t know how much I would change, but I know what I didn’t like that much and why, which is why I thought this was worth writing. And I’m not trying to change anyone’s opinions of course! I know that many of these things are things that people did like or could at least defend, and hey, I’ve defended worse movies than It Chapter Two! By the way, It: Chapter Two. Aaaahhh, that’s better. No I just think that this film suffers from so much unnecessary subplots and detours. Why does Richie being gay matter? Because they have to give him something to do as a character. And hey, maybe that’s better than the other characters, since they all go through exactly the same character arc from the first movie. Crap I went over 1000 words… Okay well, that’s all I’ve got I guess! 5/10
Okay so, It: Chapter Two? What did you think of It? Anything here you disagree with or anything you think I missed? (I’m sure there’s things I missed, but we are trying to keep these shorter.) But hey, if there is something you think I should have touched on, please let us know in the comments! And if you made it this far, we would really appreciate a like so we can get an estimate on how much people care about these spoiler reviews! This is only my second one that I can remember, so let me know if you think there is anything we should do differently, and thanks for reading!
-review by Ryan Prince