Release: September 6, 2019

Director: Andy Muschietti

Screenplay: Gary Dauberman

Starring: Jessica Chastain as Beverly Marsh, James McAvoy as Bill Denbrough, Bill Hader as Richie Tozier, Isaiah Mustafa as Mike Hanlon, Jay Ryan as Ben Hanscom, James Ransone as Eddie Kaspbrak, Andy Bean as Stanley Uris, and Bill Skarsgard as Pennywise

Running Time: 169 minutes

Potential Spoilers Ahead

A couple of decades have elapsed since the events of the first film, and It has returned. Mike Hanlon puts out a call to the other members of the “losers club” to return to Derry and finish off the creature once and for all.

Editor, an editor, my kingdom for an editor. It Chapter Two continues the modern trend of cinematic bloat, the seeming guiding principle in mainstream cinema that “if you liked two hours of something, you’ll love three hours of it.” The cast is good and aside from the CGI monster at the end, the movie looks good. There is certainly a good sequel hiding within It Chapter Two. Unfortunately, a blatant attempt at grasping for artistic credibility through extraneous length mires it in shots that linger too long, long awkward silences, and pointless flashbacks. I have no doubt that a competent editor could have whipped this flick into a good movie, as it stands, it’s a bit of an unfocused bore.

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