While not as truly terrifying as the first movie, “It Chapter Two” is still an enjoyable follow up that closes the story for good.
“Chapter Two” is heavily reliant on the first film in character, story and plot, so don’t bother seeing the new one unless you already enjoyed the first “It” from 2017. And if you did, “Chapter Two” suffices as a sequel and a proper ending.
Twenty-seven years after the events from the first film, the monstrous Pennywise has returned to Derry, Maine and has started killing people again. So the kids from the first film must reunite and return home to face old nightmares and new hang-ups.
“Chapter Two” is just not as good as the first “It” from only two years ago. The same director has returned, and the young cast from the first film is back for some flashbacks, but the magic is gone. There was just something scarier about a killer clown going after a group of children.
The new adult actors are all great in their roles, and when they get to share scenes together, the movie is a lot of fun. But they’re adults, and they already know how to defeat the monster, so the overall sense of dread is gone. “Chapter Two” relies more on gore and jump scares than the proper horror of the first.
The new sequel also suffers in how the plot decides to split up the cast for a series of solo journeys, which get pretty repetitive. The first film had a great ensemble cast, with a whole clubhouse of entertaining child actors. But split up and on their own, the adults aren’t as fun to watch.
As a whole, these nitpicks do not drag down “It Chapter Two” overall. The new film picks up the story from the first, gives us a solid group of heroes to root for and provides a fitting, fulfilling conclusion. It doesn’t retroactively ruin the first film — which is nice — but it also doesn’t fully stand on its own, especially as it tries to beef up a nearly 3-hour runtime.
“It Chapter Two” is more funny than it is truly scary. As a sequel, it will suffice.