‘It Chapter 2’ captures audiences fears, emotions

Maeve Taylor
Podast Editor

Isaiah Mustafa as Mike Hanlon, Bill Hader as Richie Tozier, James McAvoy as Bill Denbrough, Jessica Chastain as Beverly Marsh and Jay Ryan as Ben Hanscom in a scene from “It Chapter 2.” USA © 2019, San Diego Union-Tribune. Distributed by Tribune Content Agency. Photo by The Patriot Ledger/TNS.

“It Chapter 2” is a subversive film, capturing violence and gore and in the same breath hitting home on themes of loss, guilt and overcoming fear.

A continuation of 2017’s “It,” based on Stephen King’s 1986 novel “It,” this time following the adult lives of the “Loser’s Club.”

Taking place in 2016 (a 31-year update from the original time period), it showcases them having drifted apart over the years, all very successful in their respective fields, but also sharing similar emotional disparities.

The inciting incident of the film comes in the form of a call from home, informing each member (and the viewer) that the cycle (Pennywise attacks every 27 years) has again begun.

Periodic flashbacks throughout the film to their childhood help to give a greater context to the mentalities of each of the characters. Additionally, this helps create parallels between their literal battle with It and what they are really fighting — their inner fears and demons.

The adult actors do a great job to create a continuity of characterization from their previous child counterparts. The pacing and length (nearly three hours) seem in contrast to the movies listed genre of horror but end up working both as an adaptation of the source material and to support the emotional drive of the film.

“It Chapter 2,” produced by New Line Cinema and Vertigo Entertainment and released by Warner Brothers, is rated R for disturbing violent content and bloody images throughout, pervasive crude language and some crude sexual material. The run time is two hours and 29 minutes.

 

Maeve Taylor – Podcast Editor

This is Maeve Taylor’s second year on the Echo as the podcast editor, after making several contributions to the Echo while taking journalism her freshman year.

 


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