Monday, September 9, 2019

It Chapter Two is Like a Throwback to '80s Horror with a Modern Twist

Rating: 🎃🎃🎃🎃🎃/5
Directed by: Andy Muschietti
Written by: Gary Dauberman
Story by: Stephen King
Starring: James McAvoy, Jessica Chastain, Bill Hader, James Ransone, Bill Skarsgard, Isaiah Mustafa, and Andy Bean

It Chapter Two, to me, is better than the first chapter and feels like a throwback to '80s horror films, but of course, with a modern twist.

I honestly did not know what to really expect before watching It Chapter Two. I remember being kind of like "WTF is going on?" when the Beverly and Mrs. Kersh teaser was released. I was like, "Why is there an old lady doing the running man in the darkness of her kitchen?" and then "Why does this horror movie trailer feel like Avengers: End Game?" Aside from that, everything else looked great. And now, after watching the film, I found out that It Chapter Two is without a doubt horror movie of the year and better than its predecessor.

One of the things that I really liked about the film was that there was so many monsters and creatures. It felt weird and strange and awesome like A Nightmare On Elm Street. It felt as if I was watching something that started in the 80s and then was finished and rendered in the 2010s. And the fact that there is a Lost Boys poster and A Nightmare On Elm Street 5 showing at a theater adds to that flare. The monsters, whether CGI or practical--or a mixture of the two--are just crazy cool to see. Let me tell you, this movie is f*cking weird and I like it.

The other thing I enjoyed about the movie was its humor. It is exactly the kind of humor that I like. My humor is basically Superbad, Deadpool, David Sedaris, and Stephen King rolled into one, so I loved the comedy in here best held by Eddie Kaspbrak (James Ransone) and Richie Tozier (Bill Hader).

And of course, Bill Skarsgard, once again, does a brilliant job portraying the alien clown known as Pennywise. His performance is always a treat to see and I loved every moment that It was on the screen. Somebody, please give this man an Oscar!

The casting was perfect. All of the adult Losers did a really good job playing the adult versions of their characters. True Story: I fan-casted James Ransone to play Eddie Kaspbrak back when the first movie was still in theaters. I watch Sinister and Sinister 2 a lot, so as I was watching young Eddie Kaspbrak, I couldn't help but see the resemblance to Deputy So and So--even the way he was acting. So I had posted about this on Instagram and bam! Andy Muschietti--the freakin' director of It--messaged me and told me that he had "been thinking about PJ" and told me "good thinking". That was probably one of the coolest things that have ever happened to me. Then, a couple of months later, we get my fan-casting a reality! I'm very happy they went with James Ransone and not Fred Savage like everyone else wanted.

James Ransone as Deputy So and So in Sinister

I also liked that the best parts of the book were adapted to the film. And although the turtle (Maturin) does not have a role in the movie, I love how Andy Muschietti gives us an Easter egg of a turtle in a classroom, There are some things that just can't be adapted (like a certain sex scene).

The movie has a lot of heart, emotions, scares, weirdness (I keep saying it's weird because it bloody is!), and gnarly Pennywise scenes.

I'd love to say more about the film, but this is a spoiler-free one!

But if you haven't watched It Chapter Two, do yourself a favor and go watch it!

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