It: Chapter Two: I pretty much agree with the consensus that this movie isn’t nearly as good as the first one. The biggest problems, in my mind, are thus:
1) the contrived Native American stuff. As a white trans woman in America, I’m not really the most qualified person on Native subjects, so take what I’m saying with some salt. But like, you could’ve cut out the Native part of the Ritual of Chüd, replaced it with ‘some weirdo New England cultists made it’ and bam, no vaguely offensive Native stuff.
2) this movie is somehow super rushed and also way too long. There’s a lot of really weird pacing issues that I don’t remember being in the first movie. Related, there’s waaaaayyyyy too many unnecessary flashbacks to the first one that should have been cut.
3) look, I love nods to source material, but there were A Lot of unnecessary nods. I liked King’s cameo, I liked the little allusion to The Turtle, and a few other things, but fuck, you really had to include Beep Beep, Richie out of context? And also have one of the last shots be a reference to The Stand? And granted, I love The Stand, but like. You don’t need to do this, guys, King fans are already in the theater.
Anyway, I really wanted to like this movie more. Bill Hader and the guys who played Eddie and Mike were fantastic, and the three minutes that adult Stan was on screen were good. I also liked the nod to The Thing, which I wasn’t really expecting, but still liked. But yeah, don’t watch this unless you’re a King fan like me, you’re gonna be disappointed.
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