It Chapter Two (2019)

It Chapter Two
Director: Andy Muschietti
Writer: Gary Dauberman
Sequel to: It
Based on: Stephen King’s novel It
Cast: Jessica Chastain, James McAvoy, Bill Hader, Isaiah Mustafa, Jay Ryan, James Ransone, Andy Bean, Bill Skarsgård, Jaeden LieberherJeremy Ray TaylorSophia LillisFinn WolfhardChosen JacobsJack Dylan Grazer, Wyatt Oleff, Xavier Dolan, Stephen King
Seen on: 9.9.2019

Content Note: fat hate, homomisia

Plot:
It has been 27 years since the Losers Club – Bill (Jaden Lieberher/James McAvoy), Richie (Finn Wolfhard/Bill Hader), Eddie (Jack Dylan Grazer/James Ransone), Stanley (Wyatt Oleff/Andy Bean), Ben (Jeremy Ray Taylor/Jay Ryan), Beverly (Sophia Lillis/Jessica Chastain) and Mike (Chosen Jacobs/Isaiah Mustafa) defeated Pennywise (Bill Skarsgård). It’s an episode they have all relegated to the realm of childish fantasy. Now all of them but Mike have left town, living their adult lives elswhere. Until they all receive a call from Mike, asking them to come back – because so has Pennywise.

It Chapter 2 is alright. The horror parts were a little disappointing, and the film was about an hour too long, but I did enjoy the character dynamics, albeit more in theory than in practice.

The film poster showing Pennywise (Bill Skarsgård) from the eyes up, with most of the image just white from his giant forehead.
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Shazam! (2019)

Shazam!
Director: David F. Sandberg
Writer: Henry Gayden, Darren Lemke
Based on: C. C. Beck and Bill Parker‘s character
Cast: Zachary Levi, Mark Strong, Asher Angel, Jack Dylan Grazer, Adam Brody, Djimon Hounsou, Faithe Herman, Meagan Good, Grace Fulton, Michelle Borth, Ian Chen, Ross Butler, Jovan Armand, D.J. Cotrona, Marta Milans, Cooper Andrews
Part of: DC movies
Seen on: 9.4.2019
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Content Note: ableism, lookism, fat hate

Plot:
Billy (Asher Angel) has been through pretty much everything Child Protective Services have to offer, and still he persists in searching for his parents – which usually involves running away from any home he is put in. He has one last chance with the Vasquez family (Marta Milans, Cooper Andrews) who already foster five children. Billy even becomes friends with one of them, Freddy (Jack Dylan Grazer). When Freddy is bullied, Billy stands up for him – and that brings him straight to the Wizard (Djimon Hounsou) who was looking for someone pure of heart to bestow powers on. Billy finds that he can now transform into a superhero (Zachary Levy). But with being a superhero, supervillains also seem inevitable and Billy has his work cut out for himself.

Shazam! doesn’t pretend to want to be anything but fun and it succeeds in that mission. It is light-hearted and sweet and has some really hilarious moments. Even though I wished that it had shown more diversity with regards to the superhero versions, I had fun.

The film poster showing Shazam (Zachary Levi) leaning against a wall, phone in hand, popping a pink gum bubble.
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Beautiful Boy (2018)

Beautiful Boy
Director: Felix van Groeningen
Writer: Luke Davies, Felix van Groeningen
Based on: David Sheff‘s memoir Beautiful Boy and Nic Sheff’s memoir Tweak
Cast: Steve Carell, Maura Tierney, Timothée Chalamet, Jack Dylan Grazer, Oakley Bull, Christian Convery, Amy Aquino, Carlton Wilborn, Stefanie Scott, Marypat Farrell, Timothy Hutton, Amy Forsyth, Amy Ryan, Andre Royo
Seen on: 31.1.2019
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Plot:
David (Steve Carell) lives with his wife Karen (Maura Tierney) and their two children (Oakley Bull, Christian Convery), as well as David’s son from his first marriage Nic (Timothée Chalamet). Nic is about to finish high school and should be going off to college soon. But instead, David finds out that Nic is an addict. David puts Nic in rehab, and things seem to be going fine at first. But rehab is a long and hard process.

Beautiful Boy is a touching film about addiction that manages to escape the Hollywood treatment of its story and stays grounded in reality. It is fantastic.

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It (2017)

It
Director: Andy Muschietti
Writer: Chase PalmerCary Joji FukunagaGary Dauberman
Based on: Stephen King‘s novel
Cast: Jaeden LieberherJeremy Ray TaylorSophia LillisFinn WolfhardChosen JacobsJack Dylan GrazerWyatt OleffBill Skarsgård
Part of: /slash Filmfestival
Seen on: 21.9.2017
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Plot:
Bill’s (Jaden Lieberher) little brother Georgie (Jackson Robert Scott) went missing, and he’s not the first in town to disappear. On their bike rides across town, Bill and his friends Richie (Finn Wolfhard), Eddie (Jack Dylan Grazer) and Stanley (Wyatt Oleff) start to encounter strange phenomena. They are not the only ones and as their group – called The Losers Club – is joined by Ben (Jeremy Ray Taylor), Beverly (Sophia Lillis and Mike (Chosen Jacobs), they realize that it’s actually one creature that terrorizes town – and that it might be up to them to stop It.

It is a strong, effective but not perfect film that I enjoyed watching a lot, despite some things that could have been better.

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