It: Chapter Two

169 minutes | Rated R

    The continuation of  2017’s It, It: Chapter Two takes us back to the town of Derry, Maine 27 years after the “Loser’s Club” thought that they had disposed of the evil Pennywise. After a brief flashback to the “Losers” swearing to return if they had not killed the evil clown, we arrive at the fair in Derry. A homosexual couple are harassed and beaten by bullies. One of them is thrown into a stream where he has an encounter with Pennywise. The now grown-up Mike, played by Isaiah Mustafa, lives above the library in Derry and has noticed the odd activities in town. He begins contacting the rest of the “Losers” telling them that “It’s beginning again.” He asks each of them to return to Derry.

    Bill, played by James McAvoy, has become a writer and is currently working on a film adaptation of one of his novels. Richie “Trash Mouth” Tozier, played by Bill Hader, has become a stand-up comic. Ben, played by Jay Ryan, has lost weight and become a successful architect. Beverly, played by Jessica Chastain, works in the fashion industry, and leaves her abusive husband after an argument over her returning to Derry. Eddie, played by James Ransone, is a married risk analyst for an insurance company. Stanley Uris, played by Andy Bean, is married and commits suicide shortly after receiving the call from Mike.

    We are then taken to a Chinese restaurant as each of the “Losers” arrives for their reunion. It seems that most of them have only the vaguest of memories of what happened 27 years ago. Beverly has had visions of each of their deaths. Then strange things begin to happen with their fortune cookies.

    It: Chapter Two is an excellent companion to the film from 2017. The casting of the older version of the “Loser’s Club” is spot-on. The actors from the 2017 film return as the younger “Losers” as does Bill Skarsgard as the menacing clown Pennywise. The films attempt to put author Steven King’s thousand plus page novel on the screen. For the most part, they do an excellent job, the acting and special effects are excellent. The 2017 movie is the better of the two, but the second chapter is still quite good. King himself makes a brief, but amusing, appearance in the movie as well.

    It: Chapter Two is rated R for language, violence, and frightening imagery. It should be fine for older teens and up. I rate it four out of five red balloons.