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It Chapter Two  (3 discs) ...
(2 hours 49 minutes)
- Suspense / Horror
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Synopsis: Twenty-seven years after their first encounter with the terrifying Pennywise, the Losers Club have grown up and moved away, until a devastating phone call brings them back.
Reaction: Overall there are entertaining segments but it doesn't, in the end, end up being quite as scary or effective as the first movie. There are some interesting changes to the story to update it and accommodate splitting the story the way they did. But the ending could be better.
Personal Rating: 6/10
Random Trivia For This Title:
- In the book and TV movie, the line, "Beep, Beep Richie." was a way to tell Richie to stop talking. In Chapter One, this is only spoken by Pennywise, with no explanation. However due to fan outcry, it was added in a moment between Bev and Richie in Chapter Two.
- When Richie (Bill HaderBill Hader) sees the Stanley-spider, he says, "You've got to be F^@&ing kidding." In John CarpenterJohn Carpenter's The Thing (1982), a character says the exact same line reacting to a similar spider-head creature.
- Bill HaderBill Hader was unaware that Bill SkarsgårdBill Skarsgård can actually move his eyes in two different directions. Hader asked Skarsgård what kind of editing was done to achieve the effect in the first movie. Skarsgård, in full costume and makeup, responded by saying "Oh, you mean this?" and doing it, causing Hader to freak out.
- Bill SkarsgårdBill Skarsgård (Pennywise) has stated that he had more fun on set during this movie because he was actually able to talk to and hang out with his adult co-stars. Skarsgård had minimal contact with his child co-stars in Chapter One so that they would be more genuinely scared of Pennywise once they saw him.
- The young actors who were the Losers Club in chapter one grew tremendously in the 2 years following filming. They had to be digitally 'de-aged' in some scenes as they looked significantly older than before.
- Bill HaderBill Hader said since it was his first time acting in a horror film he struggled to act scared, because his natural reaction to being scared was to nervously smile.
- When adult Richie enters the abandoned theater, there is a shot where an old delapidated You've Got Mail poster is behind him. If you look closely, the torn parts of the poster spell out "IT".
- Bill HaderBill Hader was approached for the role of Richie Tozier based on Finn WolfhardFinn Wolfhard's wish to cast him in the sequel. Hader, who had never met Wolfhard, was extremely flattered that Wolfhard wanted him to take on the role.
- One of Richie Tozier's character traits is his ability to do "voices" and impressions. Bill HaderBill Hader is a well-known impressionist, famous for the celebrity impressions he did for years on "[Saturday Night Live]." With this in mind, screenwriter Gary DaubermanGary Dauberman wrote a scene in which Richie does an impression of Al PacinoAl Pacino, a voice that Hader is quite good at. However, Hader requested that the impression be removed from the script because the Pacino impression was old material and he didn't feel like doing it again.
- Jessica ChastainJessica Chastain was considered for Beverly while the first film was still in production. She was also the first one to be officially cast.
- Seth GreenSeth Green, who played the young Richie in the TV movie It (1990), expressed interest in playing the adult Richie in this film.
- At 2 hours and 49 minutes, this film is 34 minutes longer than It (2017), which ran for 2 hours and 15 minutes. In total, both films have a combined running time of 5 hours and 4 minutes, which is over two hours longer than the original 1990 miniseries adaptation of Stephen KingStephen King's novel.
- Idris ElbaIdris Elba expressed interest in playing Mike prior to Isaiah MustafaIsaiah Mustafa's casting. It would have been Elba's second Stephen KingStephen King adaptation, following The Dark Tower (2017).
- The casting for the adult Losers Club was overwhelmingly praised mainly due to the physical resemblances to the child actors. One of the issues that some people had with the It (1990) miniseries was that most of the adult actors looked nothing like the child actors.
- Director Andy MuschiettiAndy Muschietti stated that he plans to make a super cut of Chapter One and this film that's similar to the 90s miniseries.
- On the side of Mike's Native American artifact is a symbol of a circle with one large point and several smaller points. This represents the Dark Tower. Stephen KingStephen King's Dark Tower series of novels connects a number of his works including It, The Shining, The Stand, Salem's Lot, Insomnia, and numerous others. The sixth book, Song of Susannah, implies that It is one of the six greater demon elementals. It's rival, the turtle Maturin, is one of the guardians of the tower's beams while It's mission is to destroy the beam.
- James McAvoyJames McAvoy is a massive Stephen KingStephen King fan and has read most of his books.
- Pennywise is only in the film for 10 minutes.
- In April 2018, it was announced that Bill HaderBill Hader had entered talks to play Richie Tozier. In the same week, Harry AndersonHarry Anderson, who played the role in It (1990), had passed away.
- Jessica ChastainJessica Chastain and Jess WeixlerJess Weixler, who portrays Beverly and Audra, respectively, are real-life best friends.
- Isaiah MustafaIsaiah Mustafa went through Stephen KingStephen King's novel eight times before filming so he could fully understand the character, Mike Hanlon.
- When filming this film, Chosen JacobsChosen Jacobs had to have wooden risers placed in his shoes because of how much the other Losers had grown.
- Finn WolfhardFinn Wolfhard (young Richie Tozier) filmed both It Chapter Two (2019) and season 3 of [Stranger Things (2016)] at the same time. In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, he said it was tiring and stressful, but rewarding at the same time to shoot It Chapter Two (2019) during his off days from filming [Stranger Things (2016)] 3.
- Marlon TaylorMarlon Taylor, Jarred BlancardJarred Blancard, and Brandon CraneBrandon Crane from the 1990 miniseries had expressed interest in reprising their roles as Mike Hanlon, Henry Bowers, and Ben Hanscom, respectively. Though, Crane ends up making a cameo in this film as one of Ben's employees at his architect company.
- A recurring criticism about Stephen KingStephen King's novels is his lack of inspiration for endings, even in otherwise well-acclaimed novels. This is repeatedly addressed in the movie, where Bill receives the same comments about his books (even from King in person).