IT: CHAPTER TWO – Review by Susan Granger

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Better suited for a TV mini-series, this overly long, episodic sequel, nevertheless, delivers on the gross, supernatural terror.

Picking up 27 years after his last appearance in Derry, Maine, the creepy, shape-shifting clown called Pennywise (Bill Skarsgard) is back. The first body he devours is the victim of a vicious hate-crime attack on a gay couple (Taylor Frey, Xavier Dolan) at a local carnival.

Although the surviving members of the Losers’ Club are still dealing with the effects of their childhood trauma, they’re adults who have gone their separate ways. But when obsessed Mike (Isiah Mustafa), who sleeps in the library’s attic, summons them home, they reunite to fulfill the blood oath they made to exact revenge on demonic Pennywise.

Now a semi-successful novelist, sensitive, bespectacled Bill (James McAvoy) is still haunted by the death of his little brother Georgie. Foul-mouthed, alcoholic Richie (Bill Hader) works as a wise-cracking, stand-up comic. No-longer-fat Ben (Jay Ryan) has become a handsome architect.

Hypochondriac motor-mouth Eddie (James Ransone) is a ‘risk analyst,’ nagged at by his mother-replacement wife. Stanley (Andy Bean) is a wealthy accountant. And fashion designer Beverly (Jessica Chastain), whose monstrous father beat her, is now abused by her jealous spouse.

When they meet at a Chinese restaurant, all their repressed memories come vividly flooding back in flashbacks which almost immediately feel redundant.

On the plus side, Mike has come up with a plot about how to eliminate menacing Pennywise; it’s an idea which involves their assembling tokens/personal artifacts for a Native American ritual.

Adapted from Stephen King’s 1998 horror novel by Gary Dauberman (Annabelle, The Nun) and again unevenly directed by Andy Muschietti, it’s an ensemble piece, filled with tonal vacillations and jump scares, dealing with arrested development and the aftereffects of a life-altering trauma.

On the Granger Movie Gauge of 1 to 10, It: Chapter Two is a savage, scary 7 – with no mid-or-post credits scenes.

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Susan Granger

Susan Granger is a product of Hollywood. Her natural father, S. Sylvan Simon, was a director and producer at R.K.O., M.G.M. and Columbia Pictures; her adoptive father, Armand Deutsch, produced movies at M.G.M. As a child, Susan appeared in movies with Abbott & Costello, Red Skelton, Lucille Ball, Margaret O'Brien and Lassie. She attended Mills College in California, studying journalism with Pierre Salinger, and graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with highest honors in journalism. During her adult life, Susan has been on radio and television as an anchorwoman and movie/drama critic. Her newspaper reviews have been syndicated around the world, and she has appeared on American Movie Classics cable television. In addition, her celebrity interviews and articles have been published in REDBOOK, PLAYBOY, FAMILY CIRCLE, COSMOPOLITAN, WORKING WOMAN and THE NEW YORK TIMES, as well as in PARIS MATCH, ELLE, HELLO, CARIBBEAN WORLD, ISLAND LIFE, MACO DESTINATIONS, NEWS LIMITED NEWSPAPERS (Australia), UK DAILY MAIL, UK SUNDAY MIRROR, DS (France), LA REPUBBLICA (Italy), BUNTE (Germany), VIP TRAVELLER (Krisworld) and many other international publications through SSG Syndicate. Susan also lectures on the "Magic and Mythology of Hollywood" and "Don't Take It Personally: Conquering Criticism and other Survival Skills," originally published on tape by Dove Audio.