With Stranger Things now ruling Netflix as one of the most lucrative shows in streaming history, it is only fair that another group of ratty kids should also take control of the box office. And I think I know just the group.
After a year of pure silence, Warner Bros. has finally released the final IT: Chapter 2 trailer to the world – and it’s a good one. Although I had my issues with the previous instalment, I am happy to say that it still remains to be one of the best Stephen King adaptations in recent memory (especially after this year’s Pet Sematary – yikes!). So I am happy to see what this director, and a new, more mature cast, will do for the source material. And so far, I have not been displeased.
Our first taste of this film came in the form of a scene extract, involving the now grown-up Beverly (played by Jessica Chastain) returning to her childhood home. And although it gave us a beautiful insight into how Andy Muschetti can construct a slow-building scene of terror, it also didn’t give us much more. There was no sweeping shots, no gory imagery – nothing to tantalize us for this upcoming film. Luckily this new trailer has rectified that, giving us everything a horror trailer should.
In this film, not only do we get some truly disturbing shots of a certain iconic clown, but we also get to see quick shots of a flooding sewer, bloody handprints and our main heroes returning to the place where it all started.
Seeing the young actors slowly fade into their adult counterpart is both heart-warming and heart-breaking. In so many ways I do not want to say goodbye to the young cast, but I also want to welcome the new cast members with open arms. Because I am excited to see these seasoned actors grappling with the story.
However, I do have some criticisms. Although this film franchise has been praised for its faithfulness to the original novel, I fear that the film may be trying to write a backstory for Pennywise that was never devised by Stephen King. After the release of the first film, it was revealed that there was a deleted scene that depicted a young man transforming into his Pennywise persona. Something that does not nessecarily make sense, seeing as Pennywise is only one form of a cosmic primeval entity that comes from space. So I am hoping that this film won’t try to tread into that territory, because it is not needed for the execution of the story.
But still this trailer has made me excited, with this being the only mainstream horror film that I have looked forward to in quite a while. So let’s hope it doesn’t disappoint.