Gary Dauberman (screenplay by), Stephen King (based on the novel by)
It takes close to 3 hours for 7 adult-children to take down the killer clown Pennywise.
If you can stomach that together with more gore, loud noise and other excessiveness, then IT CHAPTER 2 might be a treat. Director Andy Muschietti who helmed the first IT returns tothe director’s chair providing more of the formula that works in the original movie.
(Reviewer’s note: I sat next to a lady that kept texting throughout the film, which was so annoying that I had to say something. Worse of all, she was a Warner Bros. publicity employee, which made matters worse. This is something that is way beyond my understanding why she, of all people would be doing the no-no! This might be a reason I had little tolerance for annoyance in the film).
The film opens with the 8 original children played by Jaeden Martell, Sophia Lillis, Finn Wolfhard, Chosen Jacobs, Jeremy Ray Taylor, Jack Dylan Grazer, and Wyatt Oleff as the younger Losers reprising their roles. They had left the town of Derry after destroying the evil of Pennyswise but they swear to come back to the town if the evil re-appears.
The evil re-appears. This is right after a brutal gay bashing (one of the victims is played by Quebec gay director Xavier Dolan). This segment is the most horrific of all the horror segments put together and makes a good clear the message regarding the gay cause. But the segment is unclear as to the story’s significance. Did the deed bring back the evil or the evil bring about the bashing?
The film moves forward to the year 2016, 27 years after the events depicted in the first film. Pennywise the Dancing Clown (Bill Skarsgard) returns to create havoc in the town. The film traces each of the children (now grown ups), leaving their current place of dwelling to return to their childhood town to take down Pennywise. Each grown up still behave like children. They hilariously meet at a Chinese restaurant where their fortune cookies turn into little monstrous creatures. The adults are portrayed by a competent cast comprising James McAvoy, Jessica Chastain, Bill Hader, Isaiah Mustafa, Jay Ryan, James Ransone, and Andy Bean.
At its worst, the script by Gary Dauberman contains inane dialogue which makes no sense like: “We are what we forget…”. with lots of opportunities for car crashes and puke jokes (the Bill Hader character pukes no less than three times in the film). The film has impressive horror set-pieces such as: the creatures from the fortune cookies; the attacking spider with the human head; the monster corpse having from the railings and more but often than not, these are not really connected to the story. If one is a huge fan of horror or if one consumes a bit of weed before or during the show, it does not matter and the film should be a delicious delight.
IT CHAPTER 2 is the only new big Hollywood film opening these few weeks usually a slow time while the Toronto International Film takes place. With little competition and a huge fan base, IT CHAPTER 2 should scare up a hefty sum at the box-office.