I guess it was inevitable that “It: Chapter Two” wouldn’t be able to live up to the massive stakes its predecessors set, even for a Stephen King story. Regardless of that fact and that this isn’t so much a sequel than it is a companion piece to the 2017 film, it’s problems are more visible than before. The extensive runtime can definitely cause a lot of people to zone out, pacing can be uneven, some scenes felt more bloated than others, the Bill/Ben/Beverly love triangle just abruptly ends without a “satisfying” payoff, all of the main characters aren’t as interesting as their younger counterparts and I can see why the ending isn’t necessarily the conclusion we were hoping. But I still found something out of this to enjoy. The acting is phenomenal with Bill Hader and Bill Skarsgård as the standouts, the atmosphere still feels creepy and menacing, cinematography, editing and production design was sold enough, most action scenes I found to be compelling, the ending had something of virtue that gave me some satisfaction and while the tone was more laidback and restricted this time around, it was still funny, emotional, clever with its themes and it packed a LOT of heart to me. I would mention the scares but I’m sort of neutral on both sides considering how others feel about it.
It’s not as good as its predecessor but maybe it never was going to be, considering this continuation of the story was based off a section of the book and mini-series that most people didn’t really care about so....what’s there to really expect? There’s a lot to consider when it comes to fear and I doubt not many people will have a lot to fear seeing Pennywise again but again, fear is subjective. It may not be real but everyone has their own interpretation on what scares them so....it’s up to you really what you think. To me, it’s bloated, suspenseful and uneven but it packs a lot of heart, humor and tension all at once, so it doesn’t soar like its predecessor more than it barely floats, thanks to dedicated performances, horrific imagery and morals behind overcoming anxiety and the fears we create for ourselves. Sometimes we imagine stuff or make it worse than what it really is and we don’t let go of it. Stuff is as real as we make it.