There was an inherent risk sitting at the heart of IT. One that splits a combined story interweaving adult and childhood experience, into two separate entities. Hence dividing the narrative of Stephen King’s source material. While also creating an expectation that the audience could combine both chapters into singular cinematic journey. This is a challenge that few films have managed to deliver unless planned as trilogies based on several novels; allowing for a structured opening, middle and finale chapter. However, with IT Chapter Two Muschietti has indeed managed to deliver something unique and special. Creating a concluding chapter which delves into the adult world King created. While also offering a continuation of the coming of age themes present in chapter one. With both cinematic chapters seamlessly joining into one continuing story.
IT Chapter Two is far more than a mainstream horror, it is a journey into the childhood traumas that make the adult. Both exploring and uncovering the childhood fears and choices that we try to forget. While also delving into the experiences that subconsciously gnaw away at our adult selves. Providing us with a beautifully structured homage to the writing of Stephen King. And to that end, one that never attempts to replace the power of literature with mindless screen horror.
Director: Andy Muschietti
Starring: Jessica Chastain, James McAvoy, Bill Hader, Isaiah Mustafa, Jay Ryan, James Ransone, Andy Bean, Bill Skarsgård, Jaeden Martell, Wyatt Oleff, Jack Dylan Grazer, Finn Wolfhard, Sophia Lillis, Chosen Jacobs, Jeremy Ray Taylor, Xavier Dolan