‘It Chapter Two’ struggles to live up to its predecessor

Warning this article has “IT Chapter Two” spoilers, Read at your own discretion.

Spooky season has officially begun, and you know what that means: pumpkin-spiced everything, Halloween and scary movies showing in theaters. If you love a good scare and are on the prowl for a movie that will keep you on the edge of your seat, look no further because “IT Chapter Two” has finally arrived. 

Based on the book written by Stephen King, the film follows the events of “IT” (2017) and breathes new life to the ragtag band of kids we grew to love. The adult incarnations of the Loser clubs are played by an ensemble cast that tries their hardest to make the best of a story that struggles to live up its predecessor.

The film though ultimately enjoyable is crippled with pacing issues, conflicting plotlines, and an unsatisfying end. Beginning with a gratuitous hate crime directed at a gay couple, the movie poorly setups the resurfacing of It; especially when considering that the creature primarily targets children.

Afterward, the film struggles to take off, boring viewers with lackluster scares and flashbacks. The story also fails one character in particular: Beverly Marsh. Her character arc remains entirely dependent upon men, from an abusive relationship with her husband to deciding which member of the Loser club is her soul mate. The character doesn’t seem to find herself but instead finds another love interest.

Among other issues, the film never stuck the landing. The ending was anti-climactic and provided no real closure for the viewers. It the century-old monster meets a disappointing end by being called names, begging the question as to why this couldn’t have been accomplished in the first film.

All and all, the movie still had some redeeming qualities, specifically aimed toward its casting and use of special effects. The film also managed to make the transition into adulthood seamless, utilizing the same sense of humor that had made the characters appealing as children. The film is also a good example of an adaptation of books that stays true to the source material while expanding it as well. Evidenced by the introduction of a tragic storyline involving Richie and Eddie.

That aside from providing inclusion, gave an inspiring message to viewers to be free from the fear of coming out. 

While the movie doesn’t keep viewers at the edge of their seats like its predecessor, it’s still worth the watch. Even if it was not what many expected, the film is sure to be enjoyable for the casual moviegoer.

The Hawkeye rates the film a 6 out of 10.