Get comfortable because we have a lot to comment on It: Chapter 2, the second part of the audiovisual story started two years ago by Andy Muschietti with It. When we talked about the movie in 2017, we gave it a context analyzing Stephen King's magnificent novel and also talking, from a distance, about the way it related to the two-episode television miniseries that made Pennywise one of our most frightening nightmares.
As expected, the focus is now on the Losers Club, but once they have become adults, being an extension of those who one day grew up in the city of Maine. And here we find one of the main successes of the film: having gathered an unbeatable cast that marries perfectly with the children's versions. Bill Hader and Jessica Chastain stand out, although James McAvoy, James Ransone, Jay Ryan and Andy Bean also adjust to their roles both for their physognomy and for their way of moving and acting.
It all starts with a call from Mike that alerts Stanley, Ben, Eddie, Richie, Bill and Beverly. Appealing to the oath they made 27 years ago, he asks them to return to Derry to definitively restrain the supernatural entity they call It and that acquires different forms (usually that of their worst nightmares), although it usually appears as a clown named Pennywise.[caption id="attachment_17279" align="alignnone" width="924"] Imagen de: laprensa.peru.com[/caption]
Each of them now has a new life and they don't even remember their past: Stanley has a quiet existence, Ben is an architect, Eddie is dedicated to risk prevention, Richie is a humorist, Bill is a writer and screenwriter and Beverly is a successful fashion designer.
The only one who has remained there and, therefore, remembers everything, is Mike. His mission will be to alert them to the new wave of terror that is devastating Derry and to look for a strategy to end Pennywise forever, something he has been preparing and documenting since they last faced him.
Of course, we already know all the characters in It: Chapter 2 and we are even familiar with them and the dynamics of their relationships, so here is the first pull of ears for the script by Gary Dauberman: it was not necessary to spend so many times for the same issues, neither the narration required two hours and almost fifty minutes to send us its message.
This makes it work unevenly: there is chemistry between the cast, which makes the comic gags and the pikes between them flow with very good energy, but the terrifying part deflates as the footage progresses losing pace.
The main cause is excess. In It: Chapter 2 everything is pushed to the limit, including here both the visual and the sound part. Tons of CGI and some thunderous sound effects that are abused of indiscriminately, making the viewer finally anesthetized in a final climax in which anything would have fit.
However, there are other aspects in which the film does deepen more, such as the damage that can be inflicted on a person by underestimating and / or harassing it or even on some of the constants of the novel, such as the complaint to the homophobia and the narrowness of provincial views that puts at risk anyone who leaves what is considered the norm.
It: Chapter 2 also shows an interesting sense of cinephile humor with two cameos of which we prefer not to reveal anything to avoid incurring spoilers and especially with a recurring joke about one of the most common criticisms Stephen King has received.
Muschietti takes many risks, but does not put all the meat on the grill. And we explain why: although the film is bloody, visceral and disgusting in a few moments, there is no trace of the famous fragment of the novel that marks the passage to adult life of the Losers Club, which has not had fit in the movie.
Nor does it manage to generate chills, except for one of the first abductions we see in the film, in which the artisan Pennywise dazzles a little girl during a baseball game.
In a nutshell: it is not a film that knows how to suggest to the audience. Of course, the appearance of Bill Skarsgard that is mutating from clown to drooling spider, leper full of pustules, hypertrophied old woman and many other mutations and, above all, his violent actions, generate dislike, but they will not make you wake up in the middle of the night to see if there is a red balloon under your bed behind which a stubborn smile with pointed teeth hidden.