Just in case you missed it, I had a great time with the 2017 reboot of Stephen King’s IT as the movie reminded me of the 90s TV mini-series but so much more intense and frightening. It’s hard to believe two years have passed since then, and now we’ve come to the thrilling conclusion in IT: Chapter Two. This sequel builds on the freaky foundation of the first film perfectly as everything comes to a close that only the “King” of horror could provide.
Our own Christian Stirling had a good time floating with this film, and you can check out his take and plot details on the movie in his review while I’ll go into mine for the 4K Blu-ray release. As with the 2017 film, I had a great time with the thrills and chills this one provided as you can clearly tell they took things to new levels in this follow-up. The cast they’ve selected for the adult counterparts to the original kids is perfect, especially Bill Hader and James McAvoy who really step up their acting game and turn in some great performances.
But of course the real main attraction is the frightfully delightful Bill Skarsgård as Pennywise who somehow manages to come off scarier and even more creepy than he was in the first film. He always steals the spotlight when he’s on screen and is sure to give kids and adults nightmares for years to come after this performance. Thanks to the power of 4K HDR, the Ultra High-Definition visuals and audio make the chills even more scary as every terrifying detail on the screen comes to vivid life, and every creepy sound and freaky music cue comes through nicely on your sound system, especially those who have a Dolby Atmos setup.
Then there’s a nice amount of special features to go through, starting with audio commentary by director Andy Muschietti who talks about adapting the novel and the challenges that come with it, casting the adult actors, and more fun anecdotes between the chilling moments of the film. “The Summer of It: Chapter One, You’ll Float Too” and “The Summer of It: Chapter Two, It Ends” are two cool extras that go behind the making of both films as the kids go into how it was playing children from the 80s, while the second part has the adult actors discussing how it is playing the grown up version of the kids while both sets of actors meet up and have fun on set.
“Finding the Deadlights” has the master of horror himself, Stephen King, discuss how he originally came up with the story for the famed novel and how it’s been adapted and talks some about playing the antique store owner in the movie. “Pennywise Lives Again” has Bill Skarsgård going over on how he went about making Pennywise even scarier this time around. But of course he’s actually a cool guy that gives hugs and praise on the set to show he’s not as scary as the cast and crew thinks he is. Lastly “The Meeting of the Losers Club Has Officially Begun” goes into the casting both the kids and their matching adult actors for the film while both sets of actors discuss their similarities and how they had fun filming the movie.
Those who watched the first film have most likely seen IT: Chapter Two by now, but if you haven’t, you’ll want to return to the scary house and confront Pennywise again with this film. The 4K presentation is perfect in both visual and audio standpoints, the cast for the kids and adults as well as their acting is spot on, Bill Skarsgård steals the show once again as one of the most terrifying monsters ever, and loads of cool special features make this a release anyone will want to float to.