Director’s Andy Muschietti sequel to his 2017 adaptation of Stephen King’s 1986 novel of the same name takes place 27 years after the events of the first film. Bill Skarsgård returns as Pennywise, while James McAvoy, Jessica Chastain, Bill Hader, Jay Ryan, Isaiah Mustafa, James Ransone, and Andy Bean collectively play the adult equivalents of The Losers Club. In 2016, The Losers’ Club are reunited by their childhood promise to fight Pennywise together if it ever returns when the malevolent and shape-shifting embodiment of evil materializes once again in Derry.~Augustine Chay
1080p High Definition
Behind-the-scenes Featurettes: This Meeting of the Losers' Club Has Officially Begun
Commentary by director Andy Muschietti
Documentaries: The Summers of IT: Chapter One, You'll Float Too and Chapter Two, IT Ends
Big fan of Steven King’s books, IT holds a special place in my heart. Although I love the movie it not without it’s faults, pacing and found some scenes were not necessary at all. I was expecting them to touch on the cosmic element from the books more but it did not happen. The ending could have been done differently by going into Pennywise past more and what he was. Overall I think the actors did a great job and hope to see a directors cut. If you purchased the steel book you are lucky, the reds in contrast with the blacks really make the cover pop.
I heard reviews saying this was bad and this was great. Well, after seeing it for myself I can say that I thought it was great! I liked better than the first one. Picture and Audio were excellent. HDR was on point. Now I wished I got the SteelBook..
Pennywise is back, and he's hungry! 27 years after the Losers seemingly defeated Pennywise as pre-teens, It is back to feed and the sole straggler in Derry, Mike, has to gather his childhood friends back to Derry to defeat it once and for all. But with Pennywise playing mind games, the lack of confidence from the group, and It's escalating feasting, they must bond together, and whether they live or die, must take him down once and for all.
Back in September of 2017, I wasn't sure that a remake of the admittedly cheesy miniseries from 27 years prior would be a great idea. It hadn't aged well, wasn't really scary or was even that well made overall. I figured with the director of Mama taking the reigns over noted filmmaker Cary Fukunaga (who retains a screenplay credit over the first film) and the writer of several films in the Conjuring universe, I figured it'd be a hot mess. Luckily, Andy Muscetti managed to balance the film rather well, giving the audience a lovely looking film with plenty of atmosphere and tension and also getting some good performances from the young cast and, of course, from It itself, Bill Skarsgård.
What I knew of the miniseries is that the first half was superior to the second part, and the same holds true here with the cinematic equivalent, but the films are still superior by all means. The adult cast (led by James McAlvoy, Bill Harder and Jessica Chastain being the most well known) gel quite well here, with Hader being the clear standout with a funny, tragic, scene-stealing performance. Skarsgård remains excellent, the direction by Muscetti remains well done and it's visually ba beautiful film that has a satisfying conclusion. However, there are issues to be had with the film.
As good as the direction of actors and set-up here, he lacks in the pacing department with this film. Certain scenes drag, making the almost 3-hour tome a chore to sit through. I don't mind a long film, but after awhile, you start to feel the runtime drag. The screenplay also has some quirks, most notably some "interesting" dialogue and the film also has some awkward music choices for certain scenes. The visual effects are also pretty mediocre as a whole, with some very ugly, soft CGI for most of the creature shots and even some questionable de-aging for the young cast.
Overall, it is inferior to Chapter 1, but with a satisfying conclusion with some good performances and a keen visual sense, this is one to watch.
As with the first 4k BluRay, the second one shines on home video in practically every way. Starting with the picture quality, minus the softness of a good bit of the CGI, this is a reference quality image, and it being captured digitally, this is a sharp, colorful UHD and with Dolby Vision included (HDR10 is how I viewed it) it is a reference quality disc. The Dolby Atmos is also loud, spacious, and accurate to the theatrical experience and is also reference quality. The included BluRay is also an awesome disc in it's own right, but it can't hold a candle to the awesomeness that is the UHD.
One-upping the previous 4k and standard BluRay of the previous film is the extras. Although the extras on part one were well-done, there was a lack of a full length making-of documentary or a commentary on the disc (the commentary was exclusive to iTunes, which is compatible with Movies Anywhere), whereas Chapter 2 has a satisfying making of of parts 1&2 here along with an audio commentary on the BluRay itself (sadly not on the 4k disc, but it's inclusion nonetheless welcome) and both are welcome additions. Including the aforementioned 2-part making of and on disc commentary are 3 featurettes about Pennywise, the adults and the kids meeting each other and an interview with Stephen King. All in all, this is a satisfying disc overall, but I am wondering when WB is gonna give us the compendium of both films into one giant supercut that we were promised over a year ago. That's the only way both discs would be topped, but until then, buy it immediately!