*Disclaimer: We never read the book, so this review is based on the movie alone.
There are very few reasons that'll make this author watch a horror movie and 'IT Chapter 2' ticked two of the boxes - entertaining story and James McAvoy.
Since 'IT' was pretty funny, entertaining and deep (still not sure if it was supposed to be scary), the expectation was for the sequel to be equally good.
'IT' was long. Like 2 hours and 45 minutes long and we felt it.
Not that the movie was bad, it was just so long and the ending was quite draggy.
However, there were many saving graces that made the movie worth watching, even for someone who's not a fan of horror movies.
The story begins at Derry, Maine, 27 years after the first movie with the return of Pennywise (Bill Skarsgård) and unexplainable deaths.
Most of the 'Losers Club' members have left town to make a life for themselves, forgetting all about the past and the killer clown - like literally, not just putting-the-past-behind kind - except for Mike (Isaiah Mustafa), who remains and researches Pennywise with an almost manic obsession.
Bill (James McAvoy) is a sucessful writer who's book endings nobody likes, Bev (Jessica Chastain) is a fashion desiner who is unfortunately married to an abusive man, Richie (Bill Hader) is as big-mouthed as ever and uses it to make big bucks as a stand up comedian.
Ben (Jay Ryan) hit the gym and is in the building business (he's also still in love with Bev), Eddie (James Ransone) is interestingly a risk assessor, and Stan (Andy Bean) - well, we're not exactly sure what he does except that he's married.
Once in Maine, weird things starts to happen, reminding everyone what a crazy place it was 27 years ago and Mike struggles to keep everyone in town till the crisis is averted.
It doesn't help that Bev says she saw how each of them die in her dreams.
The adult 'Losers Club' members end up staying after some drama and visit places from their childhood that has significance to them - the gutter where Bill's brother Georgie goes missing, Bev's house, the pharmacy where Eddie spent quite a lot of time, the underground 'headquarters' of the club and more.
We were a little confused by Richie's foray to the 'past' but got the answer at the end of the movie.
Besides Pennywise, there were additional 'ghosts' in the movie, and they were, to be honest, pretty disappointing.
The CGI somehow seemed a bit off and again, made us feel like the movie was not meant to be scary because honestly, 'em ghosts were pretty funny.
After coming face to face with their childhood traumas, the crew ventures into Pennywise's lair - not sure how wise that decision was - and faced the(ir) demon.
This is the part where it gets really draggy. There's a lot of (mostly failed) jump scares, spider-Pennywise and gore.
Unfortunately, it came to a point where we wished it'll stop already.
However, having said that, the theaterics and long-winded way the story was told aside, we loved the 'core' of the story.
All the characters had faced pretty impactful childhood traumas and gone on to become what seems like well-functioning adults, only they weren't exactly that.
They carried the scars from their childhood and had to not only face them but also overcome them in order to even reach Pennywise, let alone defeat him.
Do they finally vanquih Pennywise and if yes, how?
That's something you have to find out for yourself, and trust us when we say that the answer is pretty profound. If you look deep enough, that is.
The cast was pretty good, there were pretty interesting cameos and the story was something that we could get by.
It is just too bad that it seemed like the makers tried to add too much into the movie, to the point where it seemed almost like the balloon was going to burst at anytime and create a mess.
'IT Chapter 2' is now showing in cinemas near you. Watch it for yourself and see if you agree with us.