By: Mia Sarmiento (Layout Editor)
The highly anticipated “It: Chapter Two” has finally been released, and unlike its predecessor, it (no pun intended) has received mixed reviews. The fan favorite “It” (2017) takes place in the small town of Derry, Maine during the summer of 1989. Local children have been reported missing, and a group of outsiders known as the Losers Club are the only ones with potential to discover the truth behind the disappearances. Club members unite to defeat the elusive monster, Pennywise, who takes the form of their deepest fears and preys on the children of their small town. Two years after the highly acclaimed “It”, director Andy Muschietti presents audiences with another chilling encounter with Pennywise in “It: Chapter Two”. Following the Losers Club’s twenty-seven years after their first confrontation, the band of bullied kids come back to their hometown as adults to defeat the dreaded clown once and for all. As the characters face the conclusive battle behind their childhood monster, they find themselves facing old fears, unraveling suppressed feelings, and rectifying past relationships.
The Writer’s Take: The movie is good, as far as sequels are concerned. It follows the original themes and story elements closely, and has a talented cast that greatly emphasizes the break between the Losers Club’s first encounter between Pennywise and the twenty-seven years that passed since the first movie took place. A fan of the movie, Kelly Stevenson, shares similar opinions stating “The movie was very good. The characters were good, the CGI was good. It was a scary movie, but I’m not a jumpy person. I also cried at the end, like a baby.” However, the length of the movie was both extreme and overkill: 2 hours and 49 minutes. The story included many side stories that could easily have been cut,and ultimately contributed to the overwhelming length of the movie. Jewel Pascuzzi remarked the following, “I thought it wasn’t that scary and more funny. It was an anticlimactic.” “It: Chapter Two” is not as good as its predecessor in terms of keeping the audience enthralled throughout the whole movie. However, the talented cast keeps the characters just as emotionally and comically entertaining as the original. Overall, “It: Chapter Two” is definitely worth a watch if you’re looking for a scare or a laugh.
Caption: The clown in question, Pennywise, emerging from behind his infamous red balloon.