The first ‘It’ movie was a big thing for the nefarious Warner Bros. studio backing it in 2017, singlehandedly saving it from a disappointing year of returns at the box office. While its big tentpole property, ‘Justice League’ failed to make a mark and draw sufficient audience to the theatre despite being one of the costliest films ever produced, this little horror flick produced for a tenth of the price tag ended up being the highest-grossing horror film, ever, and still is to date, given that its reign is not threatened by its own sequel that is back with bigger, gorier scares and twice the size of the cast. The disappointing box office returns continued well into 2019 too, for, I might add, everybody that is not Disney or Marvel, but we might find the second chapter closing out Stephen King’s horror adaptation of the same name, being WB’s salvation yet again. I am sure most of you would be making your way to the theatres to catch the second chapter this weekend, so be sure to come back here for a detailed breakdown on the plot, the ending, and chances of a sequel to the hit duology of films. Read on.
Plot: Brief Overview
As the trailers very discreetly put out, it has been 27 years since the Losers club banished Pennywise the clown from their fictional town of Derry, Maine, and moved on with their lives after that. However, something foul has been at play since the day that they left Derry, and their memories pertaining to the events of 27 years ago, are clouded. It is as one of the Losers exclaims, “Like pages torn out of a book”. All of the Losers are now leading successful lives in different states with no recollection of any of the events or of the other Losers, when they are summoned by Mike Hanlon, the only one to have stayed back in the town of Derry and still reeling from the trauma of the Losers’ faceoff with the murderous clown all those years ago. As was foretold, Pennywise returns to Derry after a span of 27 years. One of the Losers, Stanley Uris, commits suicide at his place, seemingly out of fear. As the number of murders and disappearances begin to rise, Mike recruits the losers once again after uniting them to face off against Pennywise, one final time. Although this time, he claims to know exactly how.
All the while he stayed back in Derry, Mike obsessively studies about Pennywise and the history of the town of Derry, even taking up an employment and residence at the town Library. He discovers a nomadic tribe of people living on the outskirts of the town that first tried to banish Pennywise, the Shokopiwah, contacts their leader, and learns of Pennywise’s true form, and how he could be killed for good, through something known as the ritual of Chud. He also acquires a vessel like artefact that will help them perform the ritual. He eventually has all the Losers rally to his cause, and in an effort to have their memory restored, asks each of the Losers to revisit familiar places to seek a physical object, a token, that would restore a distinct part of their memory. This is where the film allows a back and forth narrative with flashbacks of the Losers when they were young with their memory being restored eventually.