IT Chapter Two, the sequel of the hit 2017 movie IT, was released on September 6th in theaters. IT Chapter Two is not a direct follow up of the first movie, rather the audience is reintroduced to the same kids 27 years later. Both movies are an adaptation of Stephen King’s book, IT, the second movie continues through the last part of the novel.
Although the movie was definitely longer than the first, running almost 3 hours long, it was necessary considering the amount of loose ends left from the first film. The sequel was true to what author Stephen King wanted to portray in his book. He was featured in the film for a scene acting as Pennywise’s (Bill Skarsgård) father.
Although the book takes place in the 1950’s, the new movies take place in the 1980’s. This new setting shows in not only the designing of the outfits, but also in the town of Derry itself. The growth of each character helped create a flawless transition into the second movie. Viewers can thank the casting director, Rich Delia, for picking the actors who played the new cast and old characters. Seeing each character’s evolution provides a good visual representation of how they have changed. Character Mike Hanlon, played by Isaiah Mustafa, sums up what exactly the Loser Club has been facing all these years when he states, “Something happens to you when you leave this town. The farther away, the hazier it all gets.”
Viewers are thrown into a story about a killer clown feasting on the children in Derry. But more importantly, it is about a group of kids who grew up too fast turned into adults that still struggle with their past.
It’s a lot to take in, but the satisfaction the viewer gets at the end seeing these beloved characters finally defeat what has been tormenting them, is worth it.