My History With the Film:
In 2017, I went to the drive-in and saw IT and loved it. In 2019, I returned to the Raleigh Road Drive In to see IT: Chapter 2 and found it to be a little underwhelming. That might have had something to do with it being a double feature and it followed The Joker, but I think overall it was just too long and had too much CGI to really win me over.
What The Film Is About (Non-Spoiler):
The Derry Gang gets back together as adults to fight Pennywise.
What I Liked About It:
-The tone and the atmosphere were the same as the original film and that is what worked so well. It felt a bit nostalgic yet modern at the same time.
-The flashback scenes were well done and helped created a cohesive story.
What I Didn’t Like About It:
-It was too long. It was risky taking this massive book and turning it into two movies, and it just didn’t work. More of the film should have edited or this should have existed as a streaming limited series.
-A license plate in the antiques shop is “CGQ 241” the same as Christine. The owner (Stephen King) asked for $300 which is the same amount the owner of Christine asked for.
-Over four hours of footage was filmed that the director has mentioned using in a possible future IT film.
-At 169 minutes, it’s the longest horror movie to be given a theatrical release.
-Made over $470 million dollars on a $79 million dollar budget.
That’s not to say it’s a terrible movie, because it’s not. It’s perfectly serviceable and works well. It’s just not as awe inspiring as the first film nor was it as memorable.