Verdict: The culmination of Pennywise is gorier than ever.

If you’ve read Stephen King’s IT, you know how Pennywise meets his end 27 years after the Losers’ Club fought him in the town of Derry, Maine. But the sequel to 2016’s IT goes in a different direction so there are still surprises in store for the book readers. If you haven’t read IT and all of this sounds like jargon, you have a gory feast awaiting you. Pennywise the Evil Clown is back in the town of Derry and the kids who thought he was dead are back to fight him. IT: Chapter Two features the grown-up versions of the members of the Losers’ Club and packs in a lot more gore as Pennywise’s chapter finally comes to an end.

What’s IT: Chapter Two About:

It’s 2016 and the town of Derry is once again rocked by a series of disappearances, much like the cases of 27 years ago. In his tiny hideout above the town library, Mike Hanlon (Isaiah Mustafa) reminisces about his childhood friends and the promise they made to return to Derry if Pennywise comes back. While the other members of the Losers’ Club moved out of Derry and on with their lives, Mike spent his time learning more about Pennywise’s history and the ways to end him. He gives each one of his old friends a call – Bill (James McAvoy), Ben (Jay Ryan), Bev (Jessica Chastain), Ritchie (Bill Hader), Eddie (James Ransone), and Stan (Andy Bean). All but one make it back and the memories the gang had long forgotten also resurface along with the horrors of their childhood. Initially hesitant, the Losers’ Club reunites once again to put an end to evil before it kills them.

What Works:

The IT series tries to play on your worst fears, be it clowns or ghastly corpses, and succeeds in making you sick to the stomach. As Pennywise returns bigger and stronger than ever, the events in the movie also get heavily gory. Adding to that is Bill Skarsgård’s brilliant portrayal of the villainous clown that terrifies you every time he’s on the screen. While he is the only actor to reprise his role from the first film for Chapter 2’s present storyline, the makers have done a commendable job with casting actors who are grown-up mirror reflections of the younger cast. The effort the actors have put to echo their younger versions is evident and it has paid off well. Credits to Gary Dauberman who has etched out the background of each character as a grown-up, drawing inspiration from the traumas each of them faced as a child. Director Andy Muschietti puts it all together beautifully, delivering a frighteningly gory film that serves as the perfect ending to the horrors that have plagued our dreams for the past two years.

What Could’ve Been Better:

One of the best moments from IT (spoiler alert!) was the time he attacked Bev in the bathroom. It was unexpected and made us jump out of our seats. It: Chapter 2 also has its fair share of jump scares but none that stand out as much. Some of the scary bits are too predictable and Pennywise’s frightening set of teeth isn’t as scary with continuous exposure.

Why You Should Watch:

If you’ve watched IT, you have got to know how Pennywise finally meets his end. If you’ve read the book, you’ll be pleasantly surprised by the ending of the film. If you’re still having double thoughts, here are some more reasons you need to watch this horror movie. It is a gore fest that does not disappoint!

Check out the Public Review of the movie here!