IT Chapter 2: Mixed reviews for latest adaptation of Stephan King’s classic
As fans eagerly await the return of demonic, puerile and at times absurdly funny clown, here is a review round-up of the movie after its premier for the critics yesterday. With a run-time of 2 hours 45 minutes, IT Chapter 2 focuses on the adult versions of the Losers Club reviving the terror they faced as children.
While the film has generally received mixed reviews, it's been its young cast that has received nearly unanimous praise, some even claiming their loveable chemistry eclipses the giant killer clown lurking around town.
Rosie Fletcher of Digital Spy writes, “It's an ensemble piece, though, and the Losers Club are best when they are together, capturing perfectly an Eighties summer of banter, friendship and bombing about on your bike away from the adults,” she adds, “These are kids you really want to hang out with.”
Hollywood Reporter’s Bowers John DeFore praises the movie by stating, “The group works together very nicely, and many viewers will wish for more hangout time with them.”
Critics have mixed feelings for actor Bill Skarsgård, who had the unenviable task of succeeding original IT clown Tim Curry.
“Skarsgård's performance builds on Tim Curry's in the 1990 miniseries version of It, delivering dialogue in an unnervingly lisping, clipped tone best described as a cartoon rabbit before abruptly dropping a couple of octaves to a guttural growl,” states Katie Rife of AV Club.
Andrew Barker of Variety shares his opinion by writing, “As Pennywise, Skarsgard is largely tasked with providing a canvas for the film's visual effects, and he never manages to cast as long a shadow as Tim Curry did with the character in the 1990 TV miniseries.”
Eric Kohn of IndieWire writes, “At times, the movie excels at portraying the dread of children forced to confront a world indifferent to their concerns. But no matter how many times Pennywise leaps out from unexpected places, it's impossible to shake the feeling that we've been here many times before.”
As creepy and horrible things keep happening to each of the kids, it almost feels like a horror anthology, a collection of scares which could be shuffled and presented in any order, writes Peter Bradshaw of The Guardian.
Some critics were entirely dismissive of the movie like CNN’s Brian Lowry who states that IT Chapter 2 didn’t know when to close the book. “Horror movies are usually known for their economy, but "It" drags on nearly three hours, until a level of numbing repetition creeps into its elaborately staged scares.”
Jennifer Bisset of CNET states that Stephen King’s sequel is overloaded with characters and repetitive scares, but this lovable red balloon keeps floating.
“IT: Chapter Two packs enough monsters and scares in its 2 hours and 45 minutes to satiate gore hounds. It’s also an ambitious, thought-provoking work that aims for more: While not as tight or affecting as the original tale, in which the Losers’ Club first faced the evil Pennywise Bill Skarsgard,” Brian Truitt of USA Today shares his opinion.
Irish Times’ Donald Clarke doesn’t recommend it for those who are unaware of the plot earlier. “Those unfamiliar with the story will have greater trouble working out what the heck is going on.”
On Tuesday morning, after 40 reviews were logged, the film garnered an 83 percent “Fresh” score on Rotten Tomatoes.