The Second Part to It was fighting a losing battle from the start. First off, it had a lot to live up to. It Chapter One was perhaps the second-best Stephen King adaptation ever made behind Jack Nicholson’s The Shining. It also had the issue that the source material from King’s novel was inferior. Almost all of the good parts from the novel took place when the protagonists were kids. I read the book many moons ago, and all of the stuff that was memorable was the flashbacks scenes when the kids took on Pennywise the first time.
So, this movie had quite a bit, working against it. One thing was very clear. This movie was not nearly as good as Chapter One. Given how good the first chapter was, that doesn’t necessarily make this a bad movie. And ultimately, it wasn’t bad. It just wasn’t great.
The bad: The chills and creep factor, while admirable, didn’t quite measure up. There was a bit of redundancy to them, and there was no new ground being broken. Now for the really bad. What they did with Richie Tozier’s character was ridiculously stupid. It did not fit who he was, did not make a damn bit of sense after watching the first movie, and was just thrown in to appease special interest groups. It really brought the movie down for me. I also didn’t like how they portrayed Mike Hanlon’s character. He was jumpy and unstable, not at all the way his character is meant to be. In the novel, he’s the most rock-solid of all the characters. Finally, the whole part of the Native American ritual was just dumb.
The good: I really enjoyed the selection of actors, in particular, James McAvoy and Jessica Chastain. The actors overall were really top-notch and delivered great performances. And the portrayal of Pennywise was terrific. The movie had some good laughs to break apart the seriousness of the movie. There were some good horror elements as well, and I thought a fitting ending.
Overall, I give this movie a thumbs up. It wasn’t great. It could have been done better, but it was still solid and worth watching.