Bill Skarsgard on the Pennywise plush toys in his baby daughter’s room

Esequiel Farfan
Setiembre 13, 2019

Since then, I've been equal parts looking forward to and dreading seeing the sequel.

No longer "lucky seven", only six surviving members of the Losers' Club return to Derry to confront "IT". Mike (Isaiah Mustafa) is the only member of the group that has stayed in Derry. Once it has become evident that Pennywise is on the move again, Mike calls the gang to return to Derry to fulfill their promise and finish what they started as preteens in 1960.

It gets better when the Losers are shown all grown up. The friends split up for... reasons... and they each have terrifying visions of things that scared them when they were kids, and we spend a good hour just going through each of them one at a time.

This thing clocks in at a whopping two hours and 50 minutes, but the runtime is just a symptom of the disease. However, these scenes feel like they were imposed upon the film by the studio and act to the film's detriment. I really enjoyed myself doing it, but the day after we wrapped, I went back home to Stockholm, Sweden, and it's always a weird experience when you work really hard on something and then you go back to regular life at your childhood home. The locals are unnaturally indifferent to racism, homophobia, missing children, etc.

What I will say is that the two recent films are fantastic for everything other than It itself. Even with the nearly three-hour runtime, I felt like some of the needed backstory was left out.

The shop's old proprietor takes Denbrough to task for his language (which any faithful reader of King found absolutely hilarious) before driving a brutal bargain: recognizing Denbrough as the famous author whose latest novel is now sitting on his desk, he refuses to sell the poor guy his old bike for any less than $300 dollars. The child actors all performed well in part one, and the adults continue this trend. Bonus points and all the awards to whoever made the final casting decision on Richie (Finn Wolfhard/Bill Hader), Ben (Jeremy Ray Taylor/Jay Ryan), and Eddie (Jack Dylan Grazer/James Ransone). Hader and Ransone are a hilarious duo, just as entertaining as their child counterparts from the first film. I was genuinely shocked to find out they weren't related to the kids from the first film.

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Beverly Marsh (Jessica Chastain) is a wife in an abusive relationship - the attraction to which she developed with the help of her father.

The characters' different personalities make the plot of the film even more interesting.

"It's not real", the Losers tell themselves whenever Pennywise attacks them with surreal apparitions.

Man, get this clown outta my face. He has to be one of my favorite villains of the decade.

It's never easy to gauge where on the spectrum any given Stephen King adaptation will land. I was proud to see them as as successful adults; it was like a happy ending to the first movie. Just to give you an idea, the opening scene features a hate crime in which a gay couple is beaten and practically left for dead, until Pennywise finishes the job for them. You'll also be witnessing somewhat of a decline in quality.

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

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