27 years after their original encounter with the demonic Pennywise, the Losers Club have grown up and moved away. But a devastating phone call will bring them back together to face their fears once more.
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Curious to see how they did without 80s nostalgia and plucky teen heroes to lean on, I dove in and felt bludgeoned and bored. The leads spend a film's worth of runtime wandering through deleted scenes from part one and deciding if they want to be in the sequel, and between the attempts at sincere catharsis, the glib urge to not take this shit seriously, the vague mythos and high-camp CGI, it's a mess. Nice cameos.
[UCI El Corte Inglès] One of the year's best. The editing should be showered with awards: its effectiveness, the way it paces the narrative, the way it confines you within the frame; smothered me hard. High time mainstream horror films got the critical praise they (actually) deserve. Cameos by Stephen King & Bogdanovich warmed my heart. Hader is the heart of the film. I'm Xavier Dolan: brutally bashed into oblivion ∇
In the first ten minutes you have a brutal, homophobic murder in the opening scene (complete with inconsequential characters never to be talked about again), and some rough woman-beating. These kinds of unnecessary, toothless social commentaries lurk beneath 3 hours of recycled jump scares. Somehow, this doesn't hold a candle to the first instalment. Despite being well made, it's exceptionally dull.
It 2 is a muddled, convoluted mess. Running 3 hours long, the film fails to build a coherent or compelling story, it relies on callbacks to the prior film for its slight narrative strength. Another issue I have is Bill Skarsgaard as the It, to put it simply, he just isn't scary. He lacks grit & viciousness & his high pitched, mumbling voice was a mistake. I could swear the audience was laughing at him at times.
Another memorable opening scene. The cast was brilliant. But the film lost me several times due to all the funny bits wrongly inserted into serious moments (or right before/after them) and the unintentionally funny, cheap-looking zombies/creatures. Even IT's true form wasn't that impressive or amazing. Also, the explanation about the Ritual of Chud was given too early on and in a very messy way. Never bored, though.
I think adapting Stephen King can be daunting and IT especially is a hard novel to adapt, due to absurd and abstract aspects being present throughout. So there was a lot of potential in this film and its predecessor. While they don't quite live up to what could have been, they are still entertaining films with this film specifically featuring all around good performances and gorgeous production values.
Probably this year's most disappointing sequel. Considering that this was made by the same team behind the first film (which is one of the best horror movie that I've seen in such a long time), I'd expect more than this incoherent, overlong, un-scary (most of the time, with an exception of one sequence featuring some naked granny, it felt more like a monster movie than a horror one) motion picture.
A pale retread of the original film. The Losers (as portrayed by the adult actors) are not as engaging as their child forebears. The new cast generate no chemistry together. Plays like a series of rushed scenes that fail to cohere. The same setups and payoffs are used repeatedly to lesser effect. The endless wheel spinning makes it a laborious chore to watch. Terrible writing reminiscent of greeting card platitudes.