The first batch of fans have seen It: Chapter 2 and so far, there have been a mixed bag of emotions. Here are a few of the common compliments (and complaints) that have been made about the highly anticipated Stephen King film.
There are too many comedic parts and not enough edge-of-your-seat scary parts.
If you’re going to the film, expecting to be filled with terror, then you might leave the theater disappointed. Apparently, there aren’t that many jump scares or truly terrifying moments throughout the film. And some people are saying there aren’t nearly enough scenes with Pennywise.
It: Chapter Two is the biggest disappointment of the year. A dull & bloated mess that spends too much time rehashing things from the first film. While there are a few good moments, the film ultimately lacks suspense and scares. The performances are also a mixed bag. #ITChapterTwo pic.twitter.com/3NlauZxj2f
— Scott Menzel (@ScottDMenzel) August 21, 2019
Bill Hader deserves an Emmy for his performance.
You first saw Bill Hader on SNL, but lately he’s been taking on more dramatic roles. He did a phenomenal job in The Skeleton Twins and moved onto creating one of the best shows on television, Barry. Now, he’s killing it (no pun intended) as the grownup version of Finn Wolfhard’s character.
#ITChapterTwo is big and ambitious and can't *quite* handle the weight of its aspirations, but it's still a fine piece of heartfelt horror. The parts that work, work REALLY well and Bill Hader is every-bit the scene-stealing standout we all hoped he'd be.
— Haleigh Foutch (@HaleighFoutch) August 21, 2019
#ITChapterTwo is a terrific companion to #ITChapterOne. Similar vibes, great ensemble chemistry w/ a nice mix of humor and horror. Part 2 plays heavier in tone, dealing w/ defeating the burden of childhood trauma, & I definitely teared up at the very end. Bill Hader steals it pic.twitter.com/bjiwtJufNQ
— Erik Davis (@ErikDavis) August 21, 2019
So, #ITChapterTwo: it's v. good, but not great. I liked it, but didn't LOVE it. First movie is a tough act to follow. TWO is gruesome, strange but rarely scary. Nails important aspects from the book, but feels overlong. Cast is aces, though, & Bill Hader SHOULD be in Oscar convo. pic.twitter.com/1KUZk5TXA1
— Sean O'Connell (@Sean_OConnell) August 21, 2019
There’s too much emphasis on the old cast and not enough on the new.
Instead of developing the older versions of characters, the film spends a lot of time showing flashbacks of those characters when they were children. It seems like an odd choice considering the entire first part of It revolved around the kids. We already know their history. We already know their personalities.
It was great to see the kids return in flashbacks, but I’m not sure if it helps or hurts the older cast, who could’ve used a little more screentime. Still, they all live up to their young counterparts well. The time jumps can be jarring at times, but you settle in. #ITChapterTwo
— Arctic Ninja Paul (@arcticninjapaul) August 21, 2019
#ItChapterTwo has some excellent set pieces and a few great performances, but it's also got big problems. It's very contrived, the jokes get in the way of the scares and it relies too heavily on flashbacks about the kid Losers instead of developing the adult versions. pic.twitter.com/SwixiPU2De
— William Bibbiani (@WilliamBibbiani) August 21, 2019
So #ITChapterTwo was pretty damn great & the ending left me in tears. There are some excellent set pieces (finale had me holding my breath at times) that got under my skin & I think the adult Losers are awesome. Relies a bit too much on flashbacks tho but fans should be happy.🎈 pic.twitter.com/UKDf0frOTg
— Heather Wixson (@thehorrorchick) August 21, 2019
The villain doesn’t always make sense.
As much as everyone loves Pennywise (and Bill Skarsgård’s portrayal as him) there are some questions about his behavior. As some fans were wondering during the first movie, why isn’t Pennywise killing anyone? There are moments when it seems like he could easily murder again, but he doesn’t make a move. It’s a bit confusing.
I am not an IT expert but I get the sense, even in the book, IT’s powers/motivations aren’t always well defined. That vagueness works with the kids, but I wish this one had some basic rules? Because it feels like IT could kill any of these people at anytime and just doesn’t.
— Mike Ryan (@mikeryan) August 21, 2019
It’s a pretty long film.
Even though there was a part one, part two isn’t exactly short and sweet. This movie lasts for two hours and forty-five minutes. And unfortunately, some people are saying it feels like two hours and forty-five minutes.
Oh! #ItChapterTwo is a big, creative, scary movie. It’s more fun to root for kids but the adults are perfectly cast. It ends up running too long but it’s a good follow-up and some images will stick with you. R-rated goodness. pic.twitter.com/Og8NF09YZf
— BD (@BrandonDavisBD) August 21, 2019
You know a movie is long when the movie theater employees say “Damn, are they still in there?!” 😂#ITChapterTwo
— Dorian Parks (@DorianParksnRec) August 21, 2019
Overall, it captures the Stephen King novel well.
People had super high expectations for this film. It’s natural for some critics to feel disappointed. That doesn’t mean the movie isn’t worth watching. It’s still a great take on a classic story. It’s still worth seeing with a bucket of popcorn.
Several issues aside, this is one of the rare Stephen King adaptations that actually understands King’s voice and successfully translates it to the screen. It captures that unapologetic earnestness mixed with a kind of aw-shucks corniness that King does so well.
— Chris Evangelista (@cevangelista413) August 21, 2019
I was so lucky to see #ITChapterTwo tonight—it lives up to the first film in every way. Scarier, yes, but also more touching. I laughed so hard I cried, I cried I was so scared, I just plain cried—go see it as soon as you physically can. #ITMovie
— Faith D'Isa (@FaithNoMoar) August 21, 2019