Andy Muschietti's (2013's "Mama") sprawling 169-minute "It: Chapter Two" sticks the landing and then some. This chance-taking, frightful, deeply poignant conclusion to Stephen King's 1986 coming-of-age horror novel is a beautiful phantasmagoria that deepens what came before it while provocatively and rather astutely delving into decades-spanning reverberations of trauma and grief. The premise—a group of estranged, now-adult childhood friends are summoned back to their hometown of Derry, Maine, when the fear-devouring evil they thought they overcame 27 years earlier returns—is simple, but within this story is an undeniable complexity and wisdom in regard to the processes of life, death and memory.
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