The scariest thing about “It Chapter Two” is its length.
The sequel picks up 27 years after the first movie from 2017. The Losers Club all receive a call from Mike, played by Isaiah Mustafa, after dismembered bodies start being found around the city of Derry.
All but one Loser returns to visit Mike and have their memories rush back of all the terrifying moments they had with Pennywise the Dancing Clown, portrayed again by Bill Skarsgård.
Each member of the club must a find a personal token to perform a ritual that could finally end It.
Beverly, played by Jessica Chastain, returns to her childhood home in hopes of finding her token. Bill, portrayed by James McAvoy, finds his symbol after running into Stephen King in a cameo.
Ben (Jay Ryan) has grown into a fit and successful architect who still longs for Beverly. Stanley (Andy Bean) goes through a traumatic ordeal in the beginning of the film.
Best bros Richie and Eddie, played by Bill Hader and James Ransone, respectively, still throw low blows and crack one-liners to keep the group laughing during their damaging experiences.
“It Chapter Two” delivers jump-scares and funny moments, but fails to deliver a consistent timeline and story.
The first few flashbacks happen without explanation, confusing the viewer. Many of the “scary” moments weren’t so terrifying because the humor was still there.
Similar to the second part from the 1990 mini-series “It,” the film is too long and has plenty of unnecessary scenes. The film drags on for two hours and 49 minutes. The only interesting thing to happen in the first hour is the reunion of the Losers Club.
The next hour feels like an anthology film. Each character gets solo screen time, which eds up feeling disjointed and sluggish.
Hader and Ransone steal the entire film away from the rest of the actors. Many critics have been mainly praising Hader, but Ransone had young Eddie’s (Jack Dylan Grazer) personality and mannerisms down to a T.
While the film is fresh and enjoyable, be prepared to deal with slow-burning scenes. A bigger budget does not mean a better movie; in this case, it means more CGI.