A review by Shlomoh Sherman
September 17, 2019
Read about IT: Chapter Two On the Internet Movie Data Base
It Chapter Two (2019)
Director: Andy Muschietti
Writers: Gary Dauberman (screenplay by), Stephen King (based on the novel by)
Stars: Jessica Chastain, James McAvoy, Bill Hader, Bill Skarsgård, Jaeden Martell, Finn Wolfhard
Plot Summary - Plot Synopsis: In the summer of 1989, a group of bullied kids band together to destroy a shape-shifting monster, which disguises itself as a clown and preys on the children of Derry, their small Maine town.
Plot Keywords: killer clown - second part - evil clown
Tagline: It Ends
Genres: Drama - Fantasy - Horror
Motion Picture Rating (MPAA): Rated R for disturbing violent content and bloody images throughout, pervasive language, and some crude sexual material.
Parents Guide: See below
Country: Canada - USA
Release Date: September 6, 2019 (USA)
Filming Locations: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Opening Weekend USA: $91,062,152, September 8, 2019
Gross USA: $153,803,524
Cumulative Worldwide Gross: $323,303,524
Company Credits<: Production Co: KatzSmith Productions, Lin Pictures, New Line Cinema
Runtime: 169 min
Sound Mix: Dolby Atmos - Dolby Digital
Some sequels try too hard because they want to be better than what they are sequelizing. And some go on far too long, -- over 3 hours!
No one wanted to see this with me except my friend Mike and he is only vaguely familiar with Stephen King's works and knew nothing about the story of IT. However, once you see the flashbacks to Chapter One, you can pretty much figure out what's going on.
We are back in Derry, 27 years after the ending of Chapter One and the major characters are now adults in their early 40s. Most have successful careers and few are married. Although successful, their dysfunctionality has followed them into adulthood.
Bill Denbrough, who lost his brother Georgie to Pennywise, has become a successful mystery novelist. He is still filled with guilt over Georgie's death, blaming himself because he pretended to be sick since he didn't want to play with him. The website at https://screenrant.com/it-chapter-2-movie-ending-explained/ ponts out that
Beverly Marsh, the Losers' Club lone female member, is a Chicago fashion designer married to an abusive husband as was her father.
Ben Hanscom, the shy, chubby kid in the Losers' club, develops a crush on Beverly. Not only did he lose weight and become muscular. He also has become an established architect.
Richie Tozier has become a DJ in Los Angeles. The movie suggests that, as a kid, Richie was in love with club member Eddie Kaspbrak.
Eddie Kaspbrak has become a married New York City entrepreneur. Like Bill, he also sees visions of Georgie.
Mike Hanlon is the only Loser to have remained in Derry. Mike works as a Derry librarian and calls the others to warn them about Itís return.
Stanley Uris, the Jewish kid in the Loser's club is the most nervous member. He has become an Atlanta accounting professional
The town bully, Henry Bowers, escapes from an asylum and chases after the Losers' Club members.
Presumeably, but not actually, killed by members of the Losers' Club, It, in the form of the clown Pennywise, returns to terrorize the town of Derry, Maine. Now adults, the Losers friends have long ago departed Derry and gone their separate ways. But when people start being killed again, Mike Hanlon calls the others home for one final fight against IT. Emotionally damaged by their horrid experiences from the past, the united Losers have to conquer their deep fears in order to destroy Pennywise, now more powerful than ever.
As I pointed out in my review of It: Chapter One, "The character of Pennywise does not appear as much as we might expect. In fact, some have noted that his appearance is minimal." See that review HERE. - In this film, Pennywise appears in many more scenes which is perhaps a bit overdone.
I again quote the article at https://screenrant.com/it-chapter-2-movie-ending-explained/:
As usual, I cite an excerpt from an IMDB reviewer. Here is one from the September 10, 2019 review by BrownPelican:
KUDOS to James McAvoy as Bill Denbrough; I have appreciated him as a wonderful actor and can hardly believe that this is the same man who portrayed the evil monster in SPLIT and GLASS. McAvoy, an acclaimed Scottish actor.
The role of Richie Tozier was written with Bill Hader in mind, but it still allowed freedom for another actor to potentially take on the role. Once Hader officially joined the cast, the script was edited to tailor the role specifically for his talents.
Bill Skarsgård (Pennywise) has stated that he had more fun on set during this movie because he was actually able to talk to and hang out with his adult co-stars. Skarsgård had minimal contact with his child co-stars in Chapter One so that they would be more genuinely scared of Pennywise once they saw him.
The young actors who were the Losers Club in chapter one grew tremendously in the 2 years following filming. They had to be digitally 'de-aged' in some scenes as they looked significantly older than before.
Bill Skarsgård stated in an interview that even after filming had wrapped, he would have nightmares of Pennywise. In these nightmares he would have to battle Pennywise just as the characters in the film do.
One of Richie Tozier's character traits is his ability to do "voices" and impressions. Bill Hader is a well-known impressionist, famous for the celebrity impressions he did for years on "Saturday Night Live." With this in mind, screenwriter Gary Dauberman wrote a scene in which Richie does an impression of Al Pacino, a voice that Hader is quite good at. However, Hader requested that the impression be removed from the script because the Pacino impression was old material and he didn't feel like doing it again.
Stephen King calls the film not a sequel but the second half to It.
James McAvoy injured himself for real during his character's fight scenes with Pennywise, suffering a double thigh strain.
[Cameo] Andy Muschietti, the director, plays a customer at the pharmacy where Eddie picks up his prescription.
Idris Elba expressed interest in playing Mike prior to Isaiah Mustafa's casting. It would have been Elba's second Stephen King adaptation, following The Dark Tower (2017).
Brandon Crane who played young Ben in the TV miniseries, has a small cameo as the businessman on video call to the current old Ben.
During the scene where Beverly has to face her fears, the bathroom fills up with blood and one character says "Here's Johnny!", paying a homage to the film The Shining (1980), based on the book by Stephen King.
Towards the end of the film, Mike Hanlon (Isaiah Mustafa) places a book about Derry's history on a table. The author is mentioned as being Richard Bachman, a pen named used by It writer Stephen King during his writing career.
The room where Bill is typing at the end of the film, when he gets the call from Mike, is the same room from Stand By Me.
The ending of the movie differs than the book, in that Pennywise is revealed to be a female spider in its most true form to humans and the Loser Club must destroy all the eggs that were laid because they're about to hatch.
Pennywise is in the film for 10 minutes, fewer than his appearence in Chapter One.
Stan's Bar Mitzvah scene was originally filmed for It (2017), but only brief shots from it were used in the film (the full scene was made available on the BluRay edition). The sequel contains the full scene as a flashback, but apparently with different takes used.
PARENTS GUIDE FOR IT: CHAPTER TWO(2019)
MPAA Rated R for disturbing violent content and bloody images throughout, pervasive language, and some crude sexual material.
SEX & NUDITY:
VIOLENCE & GORE:
ALCOHOL, DRUGS & SMOKING:
FRIGHTENING & INTENSE SCENES:
SPOILERS: The Parents Guide items below may give away important plot points.
SEX & NUDITY
VIOLENCE & GORE:
ALCOHOL, DRUGS & SMOKING:
FRIGHTENING & INTENSE SCENES:
Cast overview, first billed only:
Jessica Chastain ... Beverly Marsh
James McAvoy ... Bill Denbrough
Bill Hader ... Richie Tozier
Isaiah Mustafa ... Mike Hanlon
Jay Ryan ... Ben Hanscom
James Ransone ... Eddie Kaspbrak
Andy Bean ... Stanley Uris
Bill Skarsgård ... Pennywise
Jaeden Martell ... Young Bill Denbrough
Wyatt Oleff ... Young Stanley Uris
Jack Dylan Grazer ... Young Eddie Kaspbrak
Finn Wolfhard ... Young Richie Tozier
Sophia Lillis ... Young Beverly Marsh
Chosen Jacobs ... Young Mike Hanlon
Jeremy Ray Taylor ... Young Ben Hanscom
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