Chapter Two inspires fans to try the Pennywise Smile Challenge

Brunilde Fioravanti
Settembre 13, 2019

Despite having a (completely normal) fear of clowns and a general hatred of horror films that feature children, I loved the R-rated/supernatural horror meets The Goonies vibes It had.

No longer "lucky seven", only six surviving members of the Losers' Club return to Derry to confront "IT".

As well as the above duo, Pennywise bites Victoria Fuller's head off under the bleachers and murders Dean in the hall of mirrors, while Richie has to kill former bully Henry Bowers in order to save Mike's life, too. The losers club have all grown and gone their separate ways.

I am still torn whether or not I enjoyed this movie. The set pieces come thick and fast, and the brief moments of quiet left me coveting more downtime with the cast to allow for a sense of dread to build up more organically. His performance, in a way, represents the movie's biggest issue: it wants to be a goofy crowd pleaser and go for the easy scares, yet, it also wants to disturb you on a psychological level.

As basic popcorn horror goes, It: Chapter Two does deliver some terror.

However, perhaps ironically for a film nearly three hours in length, this feels a little rushed. The locals are unnaturally indifferent to racism, homophobia, missing children, etc. Which leads to one of my biggest complaints about the films.

There's something unsettling about the new IT films that I can not comprehend: they seem to be less scary than the original film.

We all know about the novelist Stephan king, who has written more than 60 novels in the genre of adventure, supernatural fiction, suspense, mystery and so on but he is more famous for his horrors and fantasy novels which are adapted for film series, short stories, and miniseries.

The way I see it, there are two, maybe three possible outcomes here. That was about the same time I was reading "IT", the novel by Stephen King. Quite frankly, Stephen King's greatest character deserved a much better portrayal than the one Bill Skarsgård gave him.

The death of Eddie, who is played by James Ransone and Jack Dylan Grazer, is closer to the end of It: Chapter 2. Hader is a comedian before he is an actor, and like Finn Wolfhard in the first film, is the main source of comic relief for Chapter 2. Ben (Jay Ryan) got in shape and is now unrecognizable as a hunky architect who still pines for Beverly. Two of my friends and I were in the pub the other day, and we were discussing how accomplished Stephen King is as a coming-of-age writer.

Beverly Marsh (Jessica Chastain) is a wife in an abusive relationship - the attraction to which she developed with the help of her father. At lot of things happen to her character from the end of the first film and through the 27 years before we meet her again in the sequel. Both very amusing, and very honest, Hader creates maybe the most intricate character of the film.

Pennywise (Bill Skarsgård) is back!

But on a lighter note, let's get back to the clown. He has to be one of my favorite villains of the decade. I was also very happy with the balance of humor to horror in the movie. Keeping these movies self-contained is the right move; you just have to wonder why they didn't chop more.

Not because it's bad, but because there's no story to wrap up.

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