By: Pauline De Asis
Pennywise is definitely back to feed on our fears as "IT:Chapter Two" is the grand reunion of the Losers Club at Derry, Maine after 27 long years. After the success of its predecessor, IT: Chapter Two didn't disappoint us as Director Andy Muscheieti's adaptation to Stphen King's renowned horror novel remained faithful to the material for its closure.
The highlight of the night is Pennywise with his shape-shifting skills who lives through violence, and fear has brought a bag of tricks to the anticipated sequel. Yes, he still scary and creepy as the first scene already made me wincing in fear and holding my breath, so I won't scream out loud.
Another honorable thing to mention is the outstanding set of adult stars as well as the returning kids who reprised their roles. I love how they intertwine the past and the present as they both look fantastic on the screen especially when the old and young version cross paths on one scene.
However, the film is excruciatingly long but gruesome in a good way. I love the new scare tactics used here with the film, but it needed more kicks for a much terrifying experience. There were also a lot of icebreakers, puns and funny moments that would calm your emotions down. Along the way, we were thinking how would The Losers Club overcome their inner fears and how could they defeat Pennywise, especially when the insecurities of each character came in, divided into their own fears and self-doubts.
Overall, IT: Chapter 2 bids a welcome return for Pennywise to sink those sharp teeth and feed more on our fears. It has an electrifying set of stars who brought something big in the picture, but it is pretty difficult to topple the greatness of the first part. For those who are planning to watch IT: Chapter Two should answer this question first: Would you rather watch alone or do see it with your friends?
Rating: 8/10 stars
Cast: James McAvoy, Jessica Chastain, Bill Hader
Directed by: Andy Muscheieti
Distributed by: Warner Bros. Pictures PH
Now Showing in PH cinemas