2. It: Chapter 2
Original Release Date: September 6, 2019
Box Office: $466.5 million worldwide. A major decrease from the over $700 million earnings of the first film.
Critical Review: Generally favorable but overall a mixed reception when compared to Chapter One. It has 63% on Rotten Tomatoes but its audience score is at a positive 78%.
About the Role: Richie Tozier was originally played by Finn Wolfhard in Chapter One, but Hader took over the role for the sequel as the adult version that returns to Derry after a 27-year gap. Richie, now a successful comedian in L.A., must return to his childhood hometown with the other Losers, as per their promise to kill Pennywise if he ever returned.
Richie “Trashmouth” Tozier probably has the least amount of backstory out of all the Losers. While the others got traumatic family situations or huge paralyzing fears that took up pages of analyzations, Richie’s fear wasn’t explored to great lengths until 2019’s Chapter Two. The new adaptation gave more depth to the character by exploring his fears of being forgotten and his struggling sexuality, while also deepening his relationship with Eddie Kaspbrak through a love story that the book only hinted at.
It: Chapter Two was Hader’s first horror film, and I think that most people can agree that he stole the show (alongside James Ransone, who played adult Eddie).
Simply the Best: I’ll admit that I’m biased here. I’m obsessed with Stephen King and everything related to the Losers Club. If someone else had written this list it probably would’ve appeared much lower on the ranking, but because this is my tiny domain, I’m proclaiming this film as the almighty Number 2.
The second half of the adaptation of Stephen King’s monster size of a novel published in 1986 picks up 27 years after the end of the first film and continues the Loser’s battle against Pennywise the Dancing Clown (Bill Skarsgård). True to its title, Chapter Two plays out more like an extension of Chapter One rather than an actual sequel, which is why Any Muschietti’s dream of combing the two into one long feature for a special DVD release makes perfect sense.
It’s been accepted by the majority of the population that Chapter Two fails to compare to its predecessor, the pacing is off and there are too many subplots. To be fair though, the second half of the book wasn’t that great either. The film has its semi-spooky moments, but the fear is mostly symbolic, and even though most of the charm left with the kids, the emotional chore from the original still lingers in the air.