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It Chapter Two
| Tuesday, 09.17.2019, 02:56 AM |   (147 views)

Bill Skarsgård in It Chapter Two (2019)

Jam-packed with every childhood nightmare you’ve ever had, It Chapter Two reunites the Losers Club you first met in 2017’s “It”, based on the Stephen King horror epic.  

It’s been 27 years since the town of Derry, Maine, was terrorized by the giant, furry-legged, venom-spitting, child-crunching arachnid nicknamed ‘Pennywise’.  Mike Hanlon (Isaiah Mustafa) is the only LC member who still lives in the quaint town King uses as home base for many of his novels and short stories.  Based on recent evidence of children going missing, Mike is convinced that Pennywise has come back to claim more unfortunate souls, and he reaches out to the rest of the LC gang.

27 years ago, after escaping with their lives, the Losers Club swore a blood-oath, which, apparently, is much stronger than a simple palm-spitting promise.  That oath: should the 8-legged clown reappear, Losers Club members would come back to destroy him.  Or, in this case, IT.

Yes, there were definitely elements to It that will leave you shaking your head.  Like why a town would leave standing a building that was definitely a fire hazard, smack dab in the middle of a well-tended street.  And facing down a monster for the second time, without any significant weapons but faith and friendship?  Yes, it’s clear that the memories of the previous meetup with Bill Skarsgard’s Killer Clown have been almost wiped from their memories.  But not a single flamethrower?

Bill Denbrough (James McAvoy) has grown up and become a writer of Hollywood movies.  He’s apparently successful, but no one seems to like any of his endings.  Though this is a source of comedy in It, the reason for this plot point is never clarified.  Ben Hanscom (Jay Ryan) is no longer the fat kid, and has become a successful architect, still hiding his adoration for Beverly.  However, Beverly Marsh (Jessica Chastain) is tied to an abusive husband, just as she was tied to an abusive father.  What happened to Beverly that stopped her from being as successful as her Losers Club counterparts?  Did it have something to do with looking at the light at the end of Chapter One?  And what was that light, exactly? 

Bill Hader in It Chapter Two

Bill Hader and James Ransone round out the cast as Richie Tozier and Eddie Kaspbrak.  Their back and forth provide much of the needed comic relief in It.

The most frightening elements in this rendition involved a brutal beating and children who wandered.  Watching Bill's face as he attempted to rescue a child in a mirror maze, and knowing he was going to fail, just as he failed to rescue his young brother, was terrifying. 

Sophia Lillis in It Chapter Two (2019)

If you’re a fan of Stranger Things, you’ll definitely enjoy It Chapter Two, especially when the younger Losers Club cast is on-screen.  Clocking in at three hours, the tale gives you plenty of time to explore your own personal nightmares – being buried alive, the thing under the bed, drowning, endless buckets of blood.  But the trust the Losers Club had between each other seems to have dissipated with age.  There are secrets among the members that they never share between each other, secrets that only the audience is allowed to see.  Losses, abusive relationships, and fears.  Perhaps the story of It reveals that some of us never leave our damaged childhoods behind, that we carry it with us into the future.

Lisa Blanck is the Associate Editor for In Focus Magazine.  She's been a News Editor at NBC affiliate WESH2 in Orlando for the past decade. She was formerly with WKMG6 for 14 years as a News Editor. She spent nine years in advertising, marketing, promotions and live special events at Nickelodeon, Nick at Nite and MTV Networks. She also worked as an on-air host for local cable access programs. Lisa has covered the Florida Film Festival for the past 26 years as well as the World Peace Festival. She was a columnist for Lady Freethinker, a featured columnist for and for the now-defunct  She has been a columnist for the Focus In Newspaper and now for In Focus Magazine. 

Lisa Blanck can be reached at: [email protected]

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