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It Chapter Two is a 2019 American supernatural horror film and the sequel to the 2017 film It, both based on the 1986 novel It by Stephen King. The film is directed by Andy Muschietti and written by Gary Dauberman. Set in 2016, 27 years after the events depicted in the first film, it stars James McAvoy, Jessica Chastain, Bill Hader, Isaiah Mustafa, Jay Ryan, James Ransone, and Andy Bean as the adult versions of the Losers Club. Jaeden Martell, Sophia Lillis, Finn Wolfhard, Chosen Jacobs, Jeremy Ray Taylor, Jack Dylan Grazer, and Wyatt Oleff reprise their roles as the younger Losers, while Bill Skarsgård also returns as Pennywise the Dancing Clown.

Talks for an IT sequel began in February 2016. By September 2017, New Line Cinema announced the sequel would be released in September 2019, with Dauberman writing the script and Muschietti expected to direct. Principal photography began in June 2018, at Pinewood Toronto Studios and on locations in and around Port Hope, Oshawa, and Toronto, Ontario, and wrapped on October 31, 2018. The film was produced by New Line Cinema and Vertigo Entertainment.

It Chapter Two premiered at the Regency Village Theater in Los Angeles on August 26, 2019, and was theatrically released in the United States by Warner Bros. Pictures on September 6, 2019. Much like its predecessor, It Chapter Two received praise from critics for its acting (particularly Hader and Skarsgård), themes, and faithfulness to the novel, though criticism was aimed at its runtime and lack of scares compared to its predecessor.[3]

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Fri Sep 06, 2019 9:19 am
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Not as good as the first one definitely. For the most part they did a good job with casting. I'm baffled that McAvoy ended up being one of the weakest performances in the movie but I think it has more to do with the character.


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Yeah, on par with the first deffo gonna make a SHITTON of cash

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Not as good as the first one definitely. For the most part they did a good job with casting. I'm baffled that McAvoy ended up being one of the weakest performances in the movie but I think it has more to do with the character.


I mean he is the weakest character in the second part of the book. That's the problem with the source material, and the same thing with the miniseries. But when you cast the most high profile actor in the role of the first film's lead when the rest of the characters grow more in the second part, what do you expect?

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It 2 had some good scenes, but my goodness it is exhausting. Could and should have lost 30 minutes of flashbacks and intense staring after a flashback.


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The opening scene also should have been cut (replaced by bleachers scene). And everything involving Bauers.


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I should’ve known that King wouldn’t be able to write a good novel all the way through. At least he had his writer character complain about people complaining about his endings though!!


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I didn't love the first movie, but even this still feels like a pretty significant step down from that movie. I don't know, but a lot of this just didn't really work for me especially the scares. Also, while I was never bored this had no business being almost 3 hours long IMO. The cast is definitely the best part of this movie with Hader and Ransone easily getting some of the best lines/scenes, but I do think the comedy was a bit too much in certain scenes. Also, poor Skarsgard. They just can't let the guy actually be naturally scary without using a ridiculous amount of CGI. I really disliked that stuff in the last one and it's even worse here, especially in that finale and man don't even get me started on that awful de-aging effect they used on the kids.

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It's like having your eye sockets progressively raped by every known horror trope in the annals of cinema. Muschietti's directing is more confident this time around - he's gotten bolder and cleaner than Gore Verbinski, for instance - which graces the first half with a fleeting sense of what could've been a classic horror saga on a scale we've never seen before - but then, the guy simply does not know when to let the fuck up. It's like watching the director's cut of the deluxe edition of the entire film reel with every possible DVD extra pre-attached.

Haven't read the book, but it was surprising how shallow all SK's world building appears to be (assuming the director kept every single line of dialogue King ever wrote on the story including edits, cuts, drafts, letters to his editor and so forth). It looks like it's trying to be Stand By Be with some added metaphor courtesy of a conveniently amorphous monster, but it's a mirage: characters are nothing but shallow bourgeois everymen. Not even Bill Hader doing his best Jermaine Clement impression adds the remotest flicker to what's ultimately just a bunch of meandering side-drivel.

On the plus side, the first hour (or so) is pretty awesome. Fucking huge production for a horror film, no two ways about it. Opening title was like taking DMT while having your dick sucked. But how many fucking times do we need to see Pennywise, or some stupid animated thing, show those stupid fucking teeth? How many times, Muschietti? The people deserve answers.

Bill SKarsgaard is "OK" - the performance isn't anything special.

Preferred the ending in the TV adaptation. Not sure which is the book's (though twice in IT2 the fourth wall is practically broken telling the audience King's original ending has most likely been changed - including once by the man directly) but having Pennywise disappear to reveal a massive spider-alien couldn't have done anything but made this better. Would've been challenging for the change in tone, sure: but then do the From Dusk to Dawn-style director switch and bring in James Cameron to film the last 30 minutes: and it turns out the alien had a massive network of tunnels and caverns and weird technology; and so it's basically Aliens with current filmmaking tech and a budget at that point. I guess the floating orbs were pretty menacing though; how strange and freaky and mysterious It's true form is - especially liked how It was locally omnipotent, basically a god, and found its most formidable adversary in being told that it wasn't scary.

Is it just me, or is that one of the dumbest horror endings in the past decade?

First half: B+
Whole thing: C


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First was better, this was still good. Mainly just too long, but the special effects on Pennywise were really good.

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But how many fucking times do we need to see Pennywise, or some stupid animated thing, show those stupid fucking teeth? How many times, Muschietti?


lol so true.


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Not as good as the first but enjoyable and has some really memorable sequences. B+


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