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a warning must be put out. to those that are dealing with isolation and feelings of extreme rejection should not watch this movie. however, i think this film was excellent. Joaquin crafted the joker beautifully.
A classic movie that you should watch. heartwarming coming of age story. wish it didn't end so soon. forever wishing for a sequel.
no. i never needed to see this. i wish i could unsee this. if i could give this zero stars i would.
It chapter two had a lot of ammo to create an incredible film. The first film set up the chance for the second to indulge in the backstory of pennywise. Throughout the movie, I just couldn't help but think to myself "only if". But, they nailed the casting. I mean come on, old Eddie was spot on. I think they cast Eddie's mother as his wife, funny. I also love James McAvoy and all the child actors. Bill Hader gave this movie legs to stand, which otherwise I don't know if I would've liked this movie at all. He made me burst out laughing, as well as, cry. I mean all the actors were truly incredible. When Bill(James McAvoy) stubbled past the sewer where Georgie died, it was electric. He fueled the passion to destroy the fucking asshole pennywise. Yes, there were points where I was like Woah seriously fuck that guy, ya know cause he kept eating cute kids. But, the hatred, sadness, and desperation for Georgie to come back killed me. I also thought the filmmakers took a unique route with Stanley's suicide. Mirroring the past cutting of the hand with the cutting of his wrists, without showing the actual suicide. It came full circle with the pact. I thought that was well done.
My point is though, the movie had the cast, the funds, and the story to create, again, an incredible film but, didn't. The movie had a full three hours to dive into the new lives of the characters, the backstory of Pennywise, and ultimately his extinction. Unfortunately, half the movie was wasted repetition. It was unoriginal and a waste of time. They mirrored scenes from the first film and I was really hoping for more discovery and depth. Honestly, some parts were just bleh and kind of annoying. This movie is unable to stand alone. Yes, I know its a second part, but it does not mean they can rely on the first film. They should have focused on pennywise and made his story more clear. It also, saddens me that they relied so heavily on CGI. Bill skarsgård(pennywise) is a phenomenal actor and can stand alone on himself. They should've put pennywise in his shadowy nature. However, it used too much light in many scenes taking away from the horror factor. For example, when Ben was in his locker, pennywise was literally right behind him in the back of that completely dark locker but his face was completely lit up. It was wrong. It wasn't scary and completely flopped. Pennywise soon became a two-dimensional dick rather than a horrifying demonic presence.
The movie was also painfully cheesy at times. The attempt at chanting "turn dark to light" in order to destroy pennywise was cringy. There should've been a more dramatic turning point for figuring out how to destroy him. They knew that fear was the one thing pennywise had over them. Therefore, Bill could have saved the little boy, who he ran into on the street. Telling him to get out of town, as if a 7-year-old could accomplish that in one day, was annoying and classic movie bullshit that caused frustration. They forced us into a "scary" scene rather than having a natural progression. For Bill to protect the kid, Bill should've told him if he were to ever see or hear a clown do feed into the fear, be strong. That is how you protect the boy. And if you say Bill forgot everything that happened from the past, that's not true. At this point, Bill is aware that Bev was saved years ago because she wasn't afraid. So, yes, that little boy could've been saved. However, I did enjoy the funhouse scene, bill skarsgård nailed it. The licking of the glass was comical at first but lead to a revolting scene of bloodstained glass.
The ending of the reign of terror was pathetic. I just felt like saying some words to pennywise just wasn't enough. Or at least there was no structure to support it. All of the sudden mike was just like oh we just gotta shit on him, but while right in front of pennywise. There needed to be a stronger revelation that pennywise is a pathetic piece of shit. I just felt like they still feared him, which pennywise should've been able to smell. Pennywise has been able to disregard other things people have said cause words are simply just bullshit sometimes. Those words needed more meaning behind them.
What's up with Bill always having to kill Georgie and now himself? Like why? Like I get it in the first movie but it was just overdone when it came to the second one. But, I liked how Bill made it clear to himself that Georgie's death wasn't his fault because it wasn't. I wouldn't want him to feel guilt over that. It was funny to see how much the child actors changed in a year. It was kind of annoying because Georgie died at a specific age and should look the same but how the hell can you stop an actor from growing.
Overall, I love the balance of comedy, horror, and seriousness. Though some jokes just missed the mark by like 2 inches for some reason. But, I mean everything Bill Hader said landed... obviously. One of the things I appreciated so much throughout the whole It franchise was the togetherness of the losers club. It was beautiful how all the kids stuck together while maintaining their touch with reality by showing how they moved apart over the years. But, that is just Stephen King's incredible writing coming into play. The filmmakers kept up the important theme and turned it into beautiful cinematography, so kudos.
I'm giving this a four out of five because it holds a special place in my heart, but there were splashes of disappointment.
Forever Losers club<3