“For 27 years, I’ve dreamt of you. I’ve craved you. I’ve missed you.”
Just as calculated, the clown has resurfaced. And just as promised, the Losers Club makes their return.
If the reports stay solid, and respect for the source material is present, then it is after the death of one Adrian Mellon (Xavier Dolan) that seven former citizens of Derry — Bill (James McAvoy), Beverly (Jessica Chastain), Ben (Jay Ryan), Richie (Bill Hader), Eddie (James Ransone), Mike (Isaiah Mustafah) and Stanley (Andy Bean) — will be compelled to abandon their successful lives and face their common enemy Pennywise (Bill Skarsgård) for hopefully the last time. Seems like the only way to sink the horrifying past for good is to again float among greywater…
The young cast will also star alongside their grown counterparts. Did you know that Finn Wolfhard, playing Richie, and Sophia Lillis, playing Beverly, get exactly the performer they wish for?
Although the final trailer for It: Chapter Two assumes a more dramatic tone than the first one’s horror, it still hosts an array of spine-tingling imagery both old — the three doors, a stalking red balloon, flooded basement, the Neibolt house — and new — hall of mirrors, the witch, Paul Bunyan, an extraterrestrial cave. From a thematic standpoint, the shift does a swell job emphasizing the story’s sense of finality… and that of some (if not all) in our ensemble. Here’s hoping (the only) returning screenwriter Gary Dauberman will nail the landing.
There is also an apparent increase in scope in Checco Varese’s camerawork, which is fitting since the characters’ worldviews have changed and — judging by the inclusion of the cosmic turtle Maturin — the world itself is larger, or more connected, than any of us have thought about. Stephen King should be proud.
The time to (re)float is on Sept. 6. For more on the film and an eventual review, stay with The Young Folks. You can also revisit Chapter One via this positive review from our own Matthew Goudreau!