“It: Chapter Two” marks memorable end to franchise

Can you ever go back home? Can you really overcome your childhood fears? “It: Chapter Two”, the sequel in the film adaptations of the novel by best-selling author Stephen King, centers around the revival of Pennywise the Dancing Clown, who returns to terrorize Derry, Maine 27 years from the previous movie from the previous movie. 

The movie follows the main characters Beverly Marsh (Jessica Chastain), Richie Tozier (Bill Hader), Eddie Kaspbrak (James Ransone), Stanley Uris (Andy Bean), Bill Denbrough (James McAvoy), Ben Hanscom (Jay Ryan) and Mike Hanlon (Isaiah Mustafa) in their mid-40s. “It: Chapter Two” also delves into the origin of Pennywise the Dancing Clown, played by Bill Skarsgård. The movie centers on the Losers’ Club reunion to kill Pennywise and exact revenge for all of the past murders committed.

“It: Chapter Two” landed big name celebrities such as Hader, McAvoy and Chastain to embody the adult version of the Losers’ Club, the group formed in the first movie, providing a flushed out cast to end movie franchise with the sequel. The motion picture adaptations split the original novel into two movies.

With prolonged training and utilization of elongated lips and a lazy eye, minute details such as breathing and staring are consistently exaggerated and distorted, so as to give an inhuman aspect and amplify the seemingly harmless traits tenfold. Pennywise himself is constantly found to be dwelling in dark environments which intensifies his stature and demeanor, which is drenched in white and features the elongated limbs of a demonic clown. The impressions of Pennywise escalate throughout the film, as he drags on the moronic, goofy demeanor that gradually evolves into the demented manner that he conducts himself with for the majority of the film. However, there are also moments of comic relief, conveyed through the raunchy humor of Hader’s character, Richie, as he makes vulgar jokes in hopes of lightening the morbid mood. 

In an effort to relate the movie to the modern day, the movie displays and discusses prevalent issues of society, specifically the issues of having a small-town mentality. Within five minutes of the opening credits, a gay couple is depicted being harassed and physically assaulted by a group of homophobic young adults. The movie depicts an eerily realistic and disturbing image of homophobia that is often prevalent in small town communities, commenting on the legitimate mentality of many rural folks in America. 

In addition, “It: Chapter Two” revolves around thematic messages to balance out the horrific gore of the storyline, promoting the awareness of self and the need for friends you can count on. Prominent among these underlying themes is the knowledge that no matter how much you change on the outside, if you never accept yourself, the inside will always remain conflicted. As Stanley writes in a letter to each member of the Losers’ Club, “The thing about being a loser is, you don’t have anything left to lose.”

By Tristan Gonzalez, Photo editor-in-chief
Photo courtesy of Warner Bros. 

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