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|Original title:||It: Chapter 2|
|Production country:||USA 2019|
|Running time:||Ca. 169 min.|
|Rated:||From 16 years|
27 years ago it was that the "Club of Losers" fought ES in the form of the clown Pennywise (Bill Skarsgaring;rd). They thought they had defeated ES - but now ES is back. Bill (James McAvoy), Beverly (Jessica Chastain), Richie (Bill Hader), Ben (Jay Ryan), Eddie (James Ransone) and Stanley (Andy Bean) have long since left Derry and can no longer remember the events of 27 years ago. But a phone call from Mike (Isaiah Mustafa), the only one left in the small town, brings back all the memories of the horror of her childhood. Now the members of the "Club of Losers" have to keep their vow from once and meet in Derry to defeat it once and for all - but Pennywise has some bloody trumps up their sleeves&.hellip;
The first half of the film adaptation of Stephen King's cult novel became the most successful horror film of all time two years ago. With a budget of just 35 million dollars, the film was able to raise over 700 million dollars worldwide. No wonder, then, that the expectations for part 2 are enormously high. I consciously avoid calling "It - Chapter 2" a sequel, because it is rather the second half of a long story. Only that director Andy Muschietti tells the two parts of the story more clearly separated than Stephen King, who jumped back and forth between the two time levels in the book template.
>Was Muschietti in "Chapter 2" again and again small retrospections into the childhood of the protagonists, but nevertheless the clear separation of the two levels of action is also clearly noticeable here. And that should be the biggest problem of the movie. "It - Chapter 1" worked out so well, because it's not only a creepy horror movie, but also a nice coming-of-age story. This element is almost completely missing in the second chapter. The fact that the protagonists are now adults also leads to the fact that the fight against Pennywise isn't really creepy anymore. The whole thing is exciting and there are also some good moments of shock. But the cast is almost perfect and there's no creepy feeling in the audience. James McAvoy and Jessica Chastain may be the most famous faces, but it is Bill Hader who steals the show from everyone as an adult Richie. The adult "losers" harmonize almost as well as their younger counterparts. This is extremely important for the impact of the story. Especially when they are all together on the screen, the film works really well. So it doesn't bother you that Muschietti exaggerates a little bit with CGI-effects and especially in the finale it's too thick. However, King didn't make it easy for him either, as there are some moments in the book that are almost unfilmable. Andy Muschietti found a good way to transfer the whole thing to the screen, but very successfully.
"Es - Kapitel 2" is not quite as successful as the first half of this book adaptation. All in all, however, it is a round and entertaining conclusion to the story. Muschietti also doesn't shy away from using some bizarre and wonderfully absurd imagery. For that, for the great cast, for the nice appearance of a surprise guest and for the fact that it was possible to transport the very special atmosphere of the book onto the screen, there is a clear thing despite minor weaknesses: absolutely worth seeing!!!
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