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Review: ‘It: Chapter Two’ offers scary, comical, conclusive end to story

'It: Chapter Two'

Bill Skarsgård in "It: Chapter Two."

The Losers Club is back 27 years after its initial encounter with Pennywise the Dancing Clown in this sequel to 2017’s “It,” “It: Chapter Two.”

A recurring joke throughout the movie is how Bill Denborough (James McAvoy/Jaeden Martel) can’t seem to write a good, satisfying ending to any of his novels. Although this is comical in the film, “It: Chapter Two” suffers from this same gag, as it fails to provide a satisfying ending to what is otherwise a great horror/thriller film.

Twenty-seven years after the initial film, Mike Hanlon (Isaiah Mustafa/Chosen Jacobs), who stayed in Derry, Maine, where the events of the first film took place, notices a pattern of missing children and violence beginning, signifying the return of Pennywise. He calls the members of the Losers Club back to Derry to complete the blood oath they took at the end of the first film: If It ever returns, they will come back to finish It.

“It: Chapter Two” starts off on the right foot as the film catches us up on the lives of the Losers Club and how the members have changed over the last 27 years. The film beautifully transitions among the locations of each Loser as they receive the call from Mike, telling them It is back.

The effects used in “Chapter Two” split audiences. Some were not a fan of the CGI used in the film, thinking it looked bad or odd, but others appreciated director Andy Muschietti’s use of practical effects.

I thought the effects were great, adding to the craziness of the experience of having Pennywise mess with your head.

All actors put forth great performances, building off the momentum started by the child actors in the first “It.” The standout stars had to be McAvoy, Jessica Chastain as Beverly Marsh and Jay Ryan as Ben Hanscom. This complex love triangle began in the first film but is really fleshed out with the chemistry shown among McAvoy, Chastain and Ryan. This is especially shown during the Losers’ final confrontation with Pennywise between Beverly and Ben.

Bill Skarsgård is on another level when it comes to his portrayal of Pennywise. Skarsgård portrays Pennywise as almost a completely different character from his first showing, being more sinister and terrifying in scaring the members of the Losers Club and the residence of Derry.

An aspect of the first film expanded upon in the second film is the use of comedy. Without the terrifying monsters and science fiction aspects of the film, this could almost be considered a comedy film, especially with Bill Hader and Finn Wolfhard’s portrayal of Richie Tozier and the relationship these characters have with James Ransone and Jack Dylan Grazer’s portrayal of Eddie Kaspbrak.

“It: Chapter Two” offers a scary, comical and conclusive end to the story that began in 2017, tying up all the loose ends and questions introduced in the first film. Although the ending might not be the most satisfying conclusion possible and the film runs in place in some parts, fans of the original will still be happy with the ending of Muschietti’s “It: Chapter Two.”

entertainment.ed@ocolly.com