The debut of “IT, Chapter 2” has left the film at a worldwide second-best opening weekend with $185 million in revenue, following close behind the first installation, debuting 27 years after the original adaptation, which landed at $187.9 million.
As the tale of Pennywise and the Losers Club came to an end, viewers were left with a number of different emotions to sit on and stew over.
Although easily intimidated by the film’s run-time of two hours and 50 minutes, by the end of the movie you’ll find it hard to argue whether more or less time was warranted; it was just right.
From beginning to end, the audience was kept engaged scene after scene, never a dull moment present to even catch a breath.
It was the various components of the film that tied it all together, creating a masterpiece of a sequel that shoves the original adaptation off the shelf.
From the brilliant casting to the carefully timed comedic relief, the terrifying scenes to the heart-wrenching ending, this film is nothing short of five stars.
All eyes were glued to the screen as the audience watched Mike Hanlon gather the rest of the Losers Club together after delivering to each the fateful news that IT was back.
Having to work to jog the memories of Bill, Ben, Beverly, Richie and Eddie, it was not long before the Losers Club reformed as though they had never even left Derry.
The dynamic of the Losers Club in “Chapter 2” was impressive, these adult actors managed to portray the same camaraderie and rapport that their younger predecessors portrayed in the first movie.
With special regard to Richie and Eddie, the humor between Bill Hader who played Richie and James Ransone who played Eddie in the second chapter was pleasantly consistent to the humor between Finn Wolfhard, as Richie, and Jack Dylan Grazer, as Eddie, in the first.
That same heroic necessity that Bill always felt inclined toward in the first movie followed his character into the second, something James McAvoy portrays with the same childlike stubbornness that his younger counterpart, Jaden Lieberher, displayed in the first film.
The film blended the use of horror and humor in a way that allowed for a much-needed break in tension when necessary, but never long enough to hinder the terrifying impact. From start to finish, the audience laughed consistently throughout.
Of course, like the first movie, Richie and Eddie provided banter in even the most unnecessary moments, providing the audience with relief when the scenes were shifting from frightening to horrifying.
What made the film exceptional was the use of jump scares as support for the horror, instead of being used as the horror itself.
Although heavily present, something common for R-rated horror films, the jump scares were tasteful in execution and done when appropriate.
However, several scenes were scary without the aid of jump scares, such as the iconic restaurant scene many would remember from the original 1990s film adaptation, or the scenes in which Pennywise would terrify each of the Losers as they set out to find their “token” individually.
If the jump scares were the only scary aspect of this film, I would not have been so tense at the edge of my seat throughout the entire three hours.
But of course, the terror, the iconic dancing clown, the time transcending childhood friendships and the comedic relief were not enough to tie this film together, no, instead the audience was met with a final closing sentiment of loss and heartbreak so intense that sniffles and gasps could be heard from rows ahead.
For the sake of the viewers who are unfamiliar with the way this tale ends, you need to see it, and feel it, for yourself.
For the viewers who already know how this tale ends, you need to see this version for yourself. The second, and final, installation of “IT” is everything and more.
Jocelyn Arceo can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.