It Chapter Two Movie Ending Explained (In Detail)

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We finally find out how the story of the Losers’ Club comes to an end. Disappointing from a cinematic point of view, but at the same time disastrous IT: CHAPTER 2 actually about various attributes that could make the sequel to the highest-grossing horror film of all time a modern classic. We reveal more about this in our review.

The losers of yesteryear…

The plot summary

27 years after the Losers’ Club defeated Pennywise (Bill Skarsgård), he returns to terrorize the city of Derry once again. The now grown-up losers have long since parted ways. Children disappear again, so Mike (Isaiah Mustafa), the only one of the group who stayed in his hometown, brings the others back home. Traumatized by past experiences, everyone must overcome their deepest fears to finally destroy Pennywise and face the clown, who is more murderous than ever before.

It Chapter Two Movie Meaning & ending

When Andy Muschietti (“Mama”) was entrusted with the task of making a big-budget remake of the Stephen King classic “It” in 2016, he could hardly have imagined that shortly afterwards his work would become the highest-grossing horror film of all time to date would be. The trailer broke viewership records and the finished film broke viewership records. And with the decision – unlike in the 860-page book – not to tell the story alternately from the perspective of the children and the adults, but to dedicate a separate film to each of them, the financiers at Warner Bros. should pay twice for their investment be rewarded. After the TV adaptation from the 1990s, which is now rather laughed at, “It: Chapter 1” did good to very good not only with viewers but also with critics. It was now a full two-year wait until Muscheletti, with the help of an excellently cast adult ensemble, brought the story about the Losers’ Club and their relationship to the scary clown Pennywise to an end. On the horror level, there’s little to criticize Muschietti and his returning screenwriter Gary Dauberman (“Annabelle”) . The shocks, which mainly consist of the typical jump scare mechanisms such as quick movements and a sudden increase in volume, work and look excellent thanks to once again spectacular camera work. But what made the first part so special was less the horror and more the emotional moments among the losers. However, “It: Chapter 2” cannot keep up here. The emotions built up over two hours fall victim to a hyper-hysterical final act that is tiresome in its redundancy and that the Losers’ Club – and Pennywise! – didn’t deserve it.

The Losers Club is reunited!

“It: Chapter 2” begins with a flashback to the end of part one, when the members of the Losers’ Club promised each other via a blood oath to come back if, as suspected, It appeared again in Derry 27 years later. Cut. We are in the present: a gay couple is first mocked at a fair and a short time later becomes the victim of a brutal attack, which ends with one of the two being thrown into a river, beaten half to death. During his death throes, we see for the first time the blurred silhouette of the all-too-familiar clown Pennywise, who has just spotted his next victim from the shore. To the sound of his booming signature melody (which is actually more like a dull sequence of notes), we immediately find ourselves in the familiar threatening situation. Here we go again – Pennywise is back! And it seems as if he has never been away, because in this spectacular opening, Muschietti naturally manages to press the same directorial buttons as he did in part one. This impression remains for the time being. For example, when he brings the Losers’ Club back together. With the help of short scenes we get an insight into the lives of all the protagonists; by Bev (Jessica Chastain), who lives with a similarly brutal husband like her father once was. From Eddie (James Ransone), who married a woman who looks an awful lot like his mother, from Bill (James McAvoy), who is now a sought-after horror author, or from Richie (Bill Hader), who has none of his slightly chubby class clown character. Lost attitude.

Some may have changed more (Ben!), others less (Stanley!). But what is really important is the meticulousness with which the older cast manages to adopt the mannerisms in expression and interaction of their little role models. There is no need to even say which character it is on the screen. Bill, Beverly, Ritchie, Eddie, Ben, Mike and Stanley have starred in James McAvoy (“Split”) , Jessica Chastain (“Invention of Truth”) , Bill Hader (“Dating Queen”) , James Ransone (“Sinister”) , Jay Ryan (“Beauty and the Beast”) , Isaiah Mustafa (“Kill the Boss”) and Andy Bean (“Transformers: The Last Knight”) found excellent adult counterparts. In the many flashbacks, however, the already well-known youngsters perform confidently as usual. Especially since Muschietti doesn’t just use flashbacks to remind the audience of events from part one. “It: Chapter 2” is sometimes more reminiscent of a director’s cut of chapter one in the flashbacks. 27 years ago there were far more attacks by It on its young victims than were shown to us in the film. This is clever and a little lazy at the same time. For example, if Ritchie remembers being attacked by a giant advertising figure, that flashback only exists because it attacks him again in the same way in part two. The same applies to a scene in which Ben returns to his old school and remembers an encounter with Es, who once confronted him with his fear of never finding real friends as an obese person. It therefore sometimes seems a bit clumsy how the script links the events from the first film with those from the second; Nevertheless, the scenes with the adult actors work excellently in combination with the children’s scenes. Not least thanks to the strong editing by Jason Ballantine (“The Great Gatsby”) , which – at least in the first half – ensures a very pleasant narrative flow.

Beverly (Jessica Chastain) is haunted by the ghosts of her past.

In the reunification of the losers’ club, Andy Muschietti has been doing a lot of things right for a long time. A decision consistent with the events in the book to radically say goodbye to a well-known character and bring another back into the picture is also plausible and is likely to cause a real shock if the viewer has not seen the 1990s film adaptation or the book have read. It’s just nice to finally meet the characters that we fell in love with over the course of the first film again and to be able to share in their fears, their ambition to defeat evil, or simply their loose mouth (Ritchie is even more so than in part one Comedian – a controversial decision!). But it is also partly due to the book’s original that “It: Chapter 2” gets out of rhythm from the middle. At the moment when the group splits up and each person handles a part of the action alone, Muschietti gets lost in the same old sequence of scene structure. A character arrives at a certain setting, the horror builds up and finally erupts in an admittedly well-tricked but absolutely transparent horror bluster. Again and again, creepy faces (the make-up artists have done a great job!) hunt down the losers – Pennywise, on the other hand, is only used very sporadically. He seems downright neglected. However, when he does appear, the moments of his appearance once again prove to be the strongest in the film. Be it in a hall of mirrors, floating down from the sky on red balloons or under the stands on the sidelines of a sporting event when he lures a little girl to him like he once did with little Georgie in the first part.

These scenes make an impression particularly because of their visuality. Cinematographer Checco Varese (“69 Days of Hope”) finds exquisitely distorted, sometimes seemingly surrealistic perspectives to make the undead, monsters and especially Pennywise appear nightmarish in the truest sense of the word. Nevertheless, “It: Chapter 2” allows itself to be dominated too much by its lurid production, especially in the second half. The actually so exciting dynamic within the Losers’ Club is clearly pushed into the background, as is the part known from the book about the healing ritual and the origin of It. The early return of the former bully Henry Bowers (Teach Grant) also takes up significantly more space in the book and is treated extremely neglectfully here. What the film takes (too) much time for, however, is the final fight between It and the losers – and this is where “It: Chapter 2”, which, despite all its weaknesses so far, has been both humorous and rousing, threatens to collapse completely . Purists will probably praise the creative zeal with which various characters and incarnations of Pennywise are taken up here. And especially compared to the cheaply tricked final act of the 1990s film adaptation, “It: Chapter 2” takes a big leap forward. But the monotonous hysteria with which the losers have to fight against Es in a cave lit by strobe lights, without any hint of the directorial finesse that made the film so appealing in advance, does not do the film justice. The screaming, fighting, cursing and beating on Pennywise is extremely monotonous. And suddenly it doesn’t matter whether it’s the beloved Losers’ Club fighting against Es, or a few unknowns fighting against some random monster.

Conclusion: For two hours, “It Chapter Two” is a strong continuation of the first film, even if Andy Muschietti is much more lurid here than in his coming-of-age predecessor. The unaesthetically filmed, hysterical riot finale does no justice to the epic dimensions of this story about cohesion and fears, nor does the limited screen time for Pennywise, who only plays a supporting role here.

It Chapter Two can be seen in USA cinemas nationwide from September 5th.

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