Gotta see It


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As a longtime fan of horror movies who used to watch one every other night with my brother, I whole-heartedly enjoyed seeing It Chapter Two. I delved into the representation of the shapeshifting demon and its grip on the town of Derry deeper than I expected to, but it reminded me why I liked seeing the previous It—these horror movies have substance.

Many horror movies rely on the cliché issues of haunted houses, troubled children, or even demonic incantations; It, while admittedly running into these same clichés here and there, takes a more realistic perspective on actual issues in life. I understand the clown to represent the real-life horrors we hold onto from both childhood and adulthood. More on that later.

Before I rant about the outlook I had on the representational features of the film, let me point out a couple of things. The previous It was loved for the casting and acting of the child actors in it and I am happy to say that I believe they chose the perfect adults to play their older counterparts. However, there are a few scenes that make use of way too much CGI and ruin the mood in the story.

Back to the representation. These kids went through a lot of trauma in the first movie; one lost a brother, one was abused, and one was bullied. The trauma all these things caused had been forgotten since the kids left the town. But the demon clown It has returned, and, by a blood pact, so must they.

When the group, also known as the Losers Club, returns, there is a sense of friendship and belonging amongst the group, and throughout the movie there is an underlying theme of “home.” I believe this to be because these kids’ traumas happened in this town, but these traumas also brought them closer together. The sense of “home” even calls back their old bully, breaking him out of his insane asylum. It wouldn’t be home without him… nor without the Loser Club members’ other traumas.

This demon clown preys upon these individuals’ traumas and each has to either fight their way through or let go of the pain they’ve held onto in order to defeat the clown. The ending is anticlimactic, but it represents something more. All this suffering, these characters’ haunting traumas, were nothing more than a joke, a mockery of how much they all cared for their loved ones. Ripping the heart out of their trauma, they can now appreciate how much it all meant to them.

This representation should not glorify the demonic clown, It, for releasing these traumas, but this is the meaning I was able to apply to both the monster and the struggle of the characters. Although I didn’t find this movie frightening, I did enjoy it for the psychological struggles it tries to impose. I give it 7/10 Spurs—would recommend.