This film did great in staying faithful to the source material and how it portrayed the story on the big screen, something that the 1990 mini-series lacked. We don't really see any of those elements in 2017's It, nor do we see them in It Chapter Two, but instead the ritual is incorporated in a new way. Some of them work, some of them don't - in terms of being scary or not.
"But categorizing It as the "evil clown book" betrays the true spirit of King's text: It's a messy, melancholic, but ultimately engaging story about inherited trauma, growing up, and confronting your fears". As a result, the entire movie is improved.
The iconic Pennywise was horrifying as ever and held back nothing as his twisted behavior was on display throughout the entire film.
Each Loser is forced to confront a traumatic memory from their past and while it's something they need to experience on their own, they don't truly heal from their scars until they can find comfort in each other's presence. The effect is that much of the suspense is removed, and the first hour or so of the film feels somewhat aimless as we follow these amnesiac fortysomethings. Mike, who has spent the last 27 years in Derry researching how to kill Pennywise once and for all, is the only one that seems to remember the fine details of his childhood. You could easily shave about 40 minutes off of this film and it wouldn't change the plot at all because there are so many scenes that don't forward the plot at all.
The film has a problem with going needlessly into detail about the events that are unfolding. Muschietti goes out of his way to show the audience exactly what the characters are doing, even when it doesn't forward the plot, and it often just becomes uninteresting.
For now this is really just a shrug-your-shoulders-and-say-"We'll see" situation, and we'll just have to wait for the future to unfold. Overall the film delivered a $185 million global opening.
Another noteworthy scene in Stephen King's It is focused on a gay character, Adrian Mellon (played in It Chapter Two, oddly enough, by wunderkind French director Xavier Dolan), who is brutally beaten for his sexuality before being butchered by Pennywise.
The opening scene was fantastic. Audiences were more favorable giving the film a B+ CinemaScore. Chapter One's decision to bump up the novel's Kennedy-era setting to the Stranger Things "80s worked perfectly, as the Spielbergian wonder of E.T. and The Goonies has largely inherited the idyllic mantle once reserved for Leave It to Beaver". Hader's character provides most of the comic relief, but also serves as a lot of the film's heart. Smart-mouthed Richie is played by Bill Hader, who should have no trouble with this role, but doesn't convincingly translate young Richie's profane bravado to the washed up stand-up comedian he becomes.
I didn't actively dislike "IT Chapter Two". Not to mention, the movie doesn't have much competition coming its way. The film added another 61 theaters and $2.4 million to drive its total to $12.4 million. It just drudges along until it ultimately comes to a bit of a lackluster ending. However, Warner Bros. has amassed around 35 global promotional partners for New Line's September 6 tentpole 'It: "Chapter Two, ' which is arguably unprecedented for an R-rated horror pic", writes Anthony D'Alessandro for Deadline.