REVIEW: Cast develops page by page in ‘IT Chapter 2’

(Picture retrieved from It Chapter 2 is much scarier than the first one but with the help of the great character development, it ends up being a really great horror movie.

By Stephanie Freda, Lead Arts and Culture Editor

One of Stephen King’s most notorious horror novels, “IT,” has transformed into everyone’s worst nightmare, a movie. If it simply spooked you just by reading the hefty novel, then buckle up if you really decide to watch the now, two part film.
The trailer for the first part of the horror film came out in July when we got a glimpse of the infamous killer clown, Pennywise. After the long eight month wait, the movie received a lot of positive feedback and made over $700 million worldwide.“IT” focused on the main characters as kids, facing their biggest fears and fighting Pennywise. After the main characters Eddie, Richie, Bev, Stan, Bill, Mike and Ben make a pact to come back to Derry, the movie ends. Because King split the book up into two parts, of course the film would also be split into two.

In the long awaited sequel, the film starts with a playful, yet eerie carnival scene. After 27 years, Pennywise has made a big and scary return to Derry. Mike (Isaiah Mustafa), after persevering to get the Loser’s Club back together, forces everyone to remember what happened more than two decades earlier.

The casting for the Loser’s Club is spot on and the chemistry of the actors and actresses share makes for an incredible performance. At the end of the movie, the emotional scene shared between Eddie (James Ransone) and Richie (Bill Hader) is a showstopper and made me and almost every audience member shed a couple tears.

Along with emotional performances from the actors and actresses, Pennywise (Bill Skarsgård), once again stole the show with his terrifying portrayal of the killer clown. He stepped up his game from the first movie, giving us a lot more spine chilling scenes that spooked the audience.

Besides the outstanding acting throughout the film, the character development seen was incredible. Richie was playful and hilarious as a kid and with him maturing as an adult, those characteristics still came through. One character whose development was amazing was Ben’s (Jay Ryan). He was known as the fat friend who was most likely not going to be successful but low and behold, 27 years later, he lost a ton of weight and got a really great job. It was also very interesting to watch his love for Bev show through again and again.

After the emotional ending of the film, the audience was left flabbergasted as the end credits rolled on screen. The ending of the terrifying film definitely had me and others upset that this was the end of the Loser’s Club and Pennywise. As Halloween is fast approaching, this is the perfect time to see this must-watch movie!