The live adaptation of IT continues in Andres Muschietti’s IT Chapter 2, two years after It (2017) was released. The Losers’ Club returns to Derry, Maine, 27 years following their first encounter as children with shapeshifting monster Pennywise, the Dancing Clown, also known as It. Mike Hanlon, one of the seven Losers, calls the rest of the members amidst the return of Pennywise to remind them of the promise they made 27 years ago, that they would return as a group again if It was to come back to terrorize Derry. A film consisting with gut-wrenching scares, humor, and nostalgia, IT Chapter 2 is an adequate follow-up of It (2017), but it lacks the simplicity and the ability to land on a concrete theme that was manifested in the first chapter of the story. The frequent flashbacks that are placed in between scenes can distract the audience from the central focus, causing an inconsistent flow of the plot. However, the depiction that the actors who represent the Losers as adults has a gratifying connection with the ambitious attributes that the cast of It (2017) portrayed in the younger versions of the Losers; it’s sometimes difficult to come back to the thought that they’re just actors and not the older and wiser versions of the younger Losers!
By Joylyn Gong