I am seeing IT: Chapter II tomorrow. I am excited to see it, (no pun intended) but I am a little concerned with the runtime of the film. The movie is 2 hours, 45 minutes long. So it is pretty damn close to a three-hour horror film. I get why that is. The book IT by Stephen King is over 1,000 pages long, so it kind of makes sense. I am glad they split the movie into two parts. If it had been one film, it’d probably be like six hours or something. So I think it was smart of them to do that.
Talking about the cast…Jessica Chastain plays an adult Beverly. Bill Hader plays Richie, James McAvoy plays Bill, Isaiah Mustafa plays Mike, and of course Bill Skarsgard plays Pennywise the Clown and Its many other forms. Bill Skarsgard’s Pennywise in the first installation of IT (2017) was just plain terrifying. Tim Curry played IT in the 1990 mini-series. But while I am sure Tim was scary as a made-for-TV murderous dancing clown, he seems kind of corny and hokey. Skarsgard on the other hand? His version really ups the ante.
I did like the 2017 cast because the kids were unknowns. I always like when filmmakers do that. They introduce us to new faces we can believe in. So now comes Chapter 2. We meet the kids as adults 27 years later, scattered across the US. They have to meet back up in Derry, Maine to defeat IT, aka Pennywise the Dancing Clown.
I think the casting for It Chapter 2 is fine. I mean, James McAvoy is a great actor. Jessica Chastain was phenomenal in Mama. Of course, Bill Hader is a sensational comedian from Saturday Night Live and movies like Trainwreck. So I am a little conflicted seeing a comedic actor in a horror movie. I wonder how he will do. Will he be a serious character or comic relief? I have a feeling it might be a combination of both. I just hope he does not take the comedy aspect of it too far. But we will just have to wait and see… James McAvoy, from the reviews I have heard and read, does a kickass job in IT: Chapter 2.
Then there’s the terrifying “real” star of the movie, Bill Skarsgard. Bill has been in a few well-known movies like Deadpool 2, Divergent Series: Allegiant, and Atomic Blonde. But I have a feeling his portrayal of Pennywise will be his claim to fame. Rotten Tomatoes gave the movie an 80% rating, so that’s pretty good. I think the sequel has a lot to live up to, seeing as IT 2017 was the highest-grossing horror film of all time.
So how will this stack up next to the first installment? Well you’ll have to wait for my official review to know what I think. Thanks for reading!