It Chapter 2: more comical than terrifying

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It Chapter 2: more comical than terrifying

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      After seeing the first It film, I was terrified yet intrigued, and I found myself sleeping with my lights on. While It had elements of humor sprinkled throughout, the fear I felt demolished any desire to laugh. However, while watching It: Chapter 2, I spent the majority of the movie giggling at foreseeable jumpscares. From the perspective of someone who enjoys horror movies, the more comedic It:Chapter 2 did not deliver the same sense of fear that made the first film so terrifying. 

     This sequel follows up with  a group of teenage outcasts from Derry, Maine, dubbed the ‘The Loser’s Club’. The now grown up ‘Losers’ return to their hometown , to defeat the evil entity ‘It’ that terrorized them as kids. ‘It’ often takes form as a clown named Pennywise. While only one of the ‘Losers’, Mike (Isaiah Mustafa), stays in Derry, Maine, the rest of the group moved across the country to be writers, comedians, architects, and financiers. 

While the adult-versions of the Losers showcased talented individual performances, there was a lack of chemistry between the adult characters when they were grouped together. With the younger cast in the first film, their performances in ensemble scenes complemented each other and made the relationships presented in the plotline more substantial towards viewers. However, the adult cast seems to work better in scenes that feature their own characters solely. When the adult Losers were together, their actors didn’t seem to fit into the groove that their younger counterparts had set; it didn’t feel like the grown-up version of childhood friends, rather, it felt like a group of A-list actors put together because they physically resemble their younger equivalents. 

It:Chapter 2 is a tale of adults confronting their childhood traumas. In the previous film, the director relied on horror rather than storied background for each jumpscare. As a result, It: Chapter 2 made it easier to relate to the characters by using background information people had if they had watched Chapter 1. However, in these scenes, as each Loser overcame their fears, I found myself making fun of what was intended to be frightening. In the finale, the ‘Losers’ ultimate show-down with Pennywise ended with his defeat, by the Losers mocking him and demeaning his character. However, the notion that Pennywise, an all-powerful being for nearly two centuries, could simply be undermined through harsh words made the supposed horror film seem more like a PSA on bullying. Writers of It: Chapter 2 let the idea of the demonic Pennywise slip through their fingers as they threw one cliché after another at viewers. 

  The only jumpscare that truly scared me was a scene where a little girl named Vickie was at a baseball game with her family. In this scene, Pennywise attacked little Vickie after luring her under the bleachers at night.  Pennywise’s demonic facial expression made it easy to anticipate that something bad was going to happen, yet this scene (intended to parallel Georgie’s death in the first movie) showcases how Pennywise can play upon the innocence of small children. While most of Pennywise’s scares during this movie featured adults, it is more easy to sympathize with children, making the death of Vickie the most shocking moment of the film. 

It: Chapter 2 ultimately did not live up to my anticipations. Filled with predictable and underwhelming jumpscares, the horror-movie lover in me felt undisturbed throughout most of the film. Furthermore, what was intended to be scary came across more comical. My friends and I were cackling, rather than shuddering, in our seats. It:Chapter 2 works more as a coming of age plotline, with aspects of terror scattered throughout the film.