Film: Second chapter is second-rate

Gruesome without being scary, intricate without feeling involved, It Chapter Two is a textbook blockbuster sequel: more of the same, only worse

8th September, 2019
Bill Skarsgård in It Chapter Two

Andy Muschietti’s first It movie, released in 2017, only told half the story. Readers of Stephen King’s original novel will recall that when the kids of the Losers’ Club faced down the demonic cannibal clown Pennywise in the sewers under their home town, it merely marked the curtain coming down on the first act. Now those terrified 1980s kids have returned as still-damaged adults, as the monster lurking beneath their feet stirs once more....

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