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Horror movie "It Chapter 2" by Stephen King: Longer, bloody, better


The first part of "It" was characterized by a nostalgic eighties view, "Chapter 2" now scores with bloody analysis of the present: The biggest horror clowns come from the middle of society.

Twenty-seven years after the interim triumph over "It", the "Losers' Club" in the city of Derry has again to compete against the absolute evil. This seeks the adult now grown outsider gang in many grotesque form, but prefers the perfidious clown Pennywise (again formidably embodied by Bill Skarsgård).

Like the precursor, the most commercially successful horror film of all time, director Andy Muschietti stages the escalating confrontation with the evil in opulent pictures. But the comforting retro-horror of chapter one, which often reminds of "Stranger Things", has almost disappeared. The outstanding youthful cast of the loser club is indeed in crucial moments in chapter two. But this time, especially the adult stars - including James McAvoy and Jessica Chastain - have to assert themselves for the first time in the roles.

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"It Chapter 2": The hunt continues

Without retro-buffers, the horror attacks are not only getting closer in time, but despite the high-gloss aesthetics, they are also more immediate and in their consequence more brutal. Thus, at the beginning of the second chapter of the French-Canadian director Xavier Dolan has a short but haunting guest appearance, and what happens to his character, immediately sets a bloody exclamation point: "It may indeed be a supernatural being, but the violence shown here shakes because they founded in our manmade reality.

It is one of the constant qualities of Stephen King (who also appears in the film), as an author, to direct the gaze of his readership through the prism of metaphysical horror to often far more frightening upheavals in the extra-literary world. This quality, as well as her unequivocal morality, make King's best novels a gripping and comforting guide to heartbuilding in times of crisis. Not least because of this, there is currently a true King Renaissance.

"It's Chapter 2"
Canada / USA 2019
Director: Andy Muschietti
Screenplay: Gary Dauberman, based on the book "Es" by Stephen King
Performers: Jessica Chastain, James McAvoy, Bill Hader, Isaiah Mustafa, Jay Ryan, Bill Skarsgård
Production: New Line Cinema et al.
Rental: Warner Bros.
Length: 169 minutes
FSK: from 16 years
Start: 5th September 2019

Thus, in his work, an American Idyll - which he reliably places in Maine - is repeatedly corrupted by demagogy, intolerance and bigotry. The current political climate in the US suddenly gives new urgency to these old fictions. Is not the location of Derry in "It" for a prototypical Main Street America and could just as well be called Charlottesville? Pennywise's crimson "I love Derry" balloons do not arbitrarily reminiscent of the Donald Trump's MAGA baseball caps, which, on top of that, prefers to call their opponents Losers?

In general, the selectivity between King's narrative of manipulative horror harlequin and reports on global power relations increasingly disappears - for example, when columnist George Monbiot recently in the "Guardian" the new band of exhibitionistic ultra-right politicians from Trump to Boris Johnson to Jair Bolsanoro as "killer clowns" characterized. As a metaphor rich horror the film adaptation of "It" readily favors such references to the daily political events.

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It: novel

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EUR 14,99

Translated by:

Alexandra von Reinhardt, Joachim Körber

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In the book, as in the movie, King's pale mounder Pennywise pulls his murder energy out of people's fear and ignorance. With today's background Pennywise becomes the personified, ultimate hate crime, the larger-than-life projection of real horrors like racism, sexism and homophobia.

In the video: The trailer for "It Chapter 2"


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Fear, therefore, still eat soul (and eat here also small children), but at least in the cinema alleged losers of fear can oppose their diversity, solidarity and love.

At this lesson the ultimately successful screen adaptation leaves no doubt: "It" is the monster from the middle of a dehumanized society. And can only be banned together.

Source: spiegel

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