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Horror - Monsters

It: Chapter Two (2019)

Duration2h 49m
RatingsUK: 15, USA: R, Denmark: 15
Source of storyA novel “It” by Stephen King, in this film the second part.
DirectorAndy Muschietti
Writers/ScriptGary Dauberman
StarringJessica Chastain, James McAvoy, Bill Hader, Isaiah Mustafa, Jay Ryan, James Ransome, Andy Bean, Bill Skarsgård, 
RatingsIMDb: 6.5/10 by 264,115 people.  Rotten Tomatoes: 62% by 379 reviewers. Review2view: 6/10.

Summary: The Losers Club, of six boys and a girl, who had forced Pennywise to hibernate back in 1989 are recalled when the clown/monster reappears in the town of Derry after 27 years. You may remember that Pennywise is a monster which appears as a clown, surviving by causing terror in children and then eating them.  One, Stanley, commits suicide rather than face it again, but the other six get together in the town. Initially they mostly decide to run away but eventually stay and are individually faced with manifestations of the monster. We have also seen it eating the heart of a man and killing a child at a baseball game. They are also faced with a homicidal maniac released from a mental hospital by it. Eventually they must once more visit the monster in its underground lair and overcome it to prevent further deaths in the town.

Content: No sex or nudity, or drinking or smoking I don’t think, although there is one event of drug taking which is intended to reveal the native American ritual. The film contains many flashbacks to the children, mostly as they stand about in the street. The Losers as adults rediscover their underground lair. They meet in a Chinese restaurant where right from the start Pennywise causes unsettling events to take place, such as tiny monsters breaking out of fortune cookies. We see the clown’s face change into a monstrous shark like maw as it eats people. There is no doubt that some of this stuff would be frightening for children.

A View: this outing seems to have resulted in mixed reviews from the critics but it hit the bulls eye in terms of success as far as I am concerned. Even though it is estimated to have cost $79 million to make, it recovered its production cost on its first weekend in the cinema. There are over 500 photos on IMDb and so much trivia on the same site that I gave up 50 items in. Actually I think you have to have seen the first one, and remember it, to get the best out of this outing and maybe be aware that the entity is actually a creature from a different reality. And really this it is far too long, and at the end it rambled on for so long that I became irritated.  So only just worth watching if you really want to put the time in.

Other Stephen King adaptations to be found reviewed on this site include: It, The Shining, Pet Sematary and Children of the Corn.

Other Stephen King adaptations to be found reviewed on this site include: It, The Shining, Pet Sematary and Children of the Corn.

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