Except it wasn’t all that frightening…
My brother Bill and I went to see It Chapter 2 last night and while I found it quite entertaining, I was laughing more than jumping in my seat. The film itself was quite long, almost too long, running at two hours and 50 minutes. The comedic relief and imagery, particularly the purposeful goofiness of Pennywise the Clown, was substantial. There were some great jump scares but the film lacked the skin crawling terror and seediness of its predecessor, It.
Bill and I agreed that the casting choice of Scotsman James McAvoy was rather odd and he had a few cringeworthy moments riding his old bike silver. Other than that, I appreciated the choices for the adults Losers. Jessica Chastain, Bill Hader, and James Ransone particularly shined as adult Beverly, Richie, and Eddie. Steven King, the author, made a fun yet goofy camoeo. Bill Skarsgård as Pennywise was great, as usual, but I do wish they’d let him retain the level of depravity and danger of the first film. I felt they made him a little too clownish, for lack of a better expression. Honestly, I found It Chapter 2 a bit reminiscent of The Goonies, which isn’t a bad thing, but I just didn’t find it scary.
This reviewer hit the nail on the head:
This nearly three-hour sequel has well-rounded, appealing characters and even some laughs, but it lacks the nerve-rattling scares and appealing simplicity of its 2017 predecessor.https://www.commonsensemedia.org/movie-reviews/it-chapter-two
Still, I recommend it as it was quite entertaining. That being said, I would plan to make a bathroom trip right before the film starts and make sure you’re not going in hungry since it’s so long!
Bill and I were running late for our dinner reservations (I didn’t account for the lengthy movie trailers) at Masa Azul in Logan Square, but the host was very understanding and we were sat immediately. We had this misfortune of choosing a wine that ended up tasting like Welch’s Grape Juice and was essentially undrinkable. The tacos were phenomenal as they had been the last time we went. We ordered:
- Pork Chile Verde: tomatillo salsa-braised pork, onion, cilantro, Mexican crema, queso fresco
- Lamb Barbacoa: braised lamb, onion, cilantro, avocado
- Pollo en Pipian Verde: chicken thigh, pumpkin seed sauce, pickled guero chiles, queso fresco, cilantro
- Asada: grilled flank steak, cilantro, white onion
All of them were tasty, but the Pollo en Pipian Verde was the most delectable, surprising given my usual preference for all things Asada.
I did happen to notice one of the wall decorations at Masa Azul; it reminded me very much of a scene from It Chapter 2. You can only imagine, otherwise, you’ll just have to see it…
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