Paul McGuire Grimes from “Paul’s Trip to the Movies” shared more movie reviews!
IT: CHAPTER TWO (in theaters)
It’s been twenty-seven years since the members of the Losers Club battled Pennywise and believed they killed him. They’re now adults and have put their past traumas behind them. They’ve suppressed memories not even remembering who Mike is when he gives them an unwanted call. History is repeating itself in Derry as a new crop of killings have occurred. As kids they made an oath to return to Derry if Pennywise starts his reign of terror all over again. When they arrive back in Derry, the adult Losers realize all too soon the horrors that await them. Memories from their childhood resurface as they face their fears head on in order to move forward in life and take down Pennywise.
-Starring: Jessica Chastain, James McAvoy, Bill Hader Isaiah Mustafa, Bill Skarsgard, Finn Wolfhard, Sophia Lillis
-It was always planned for a “Chapter Two” as it encompasses the other half of Stephen King’s epic novel
-Fans of the book should be pleased as it captures the emotional weight, horror, and the terror of childhood trauma and how it manifests into adulthood.
-Runtime of 2 hours and 49 minutes, but it didn’t feel overly long. Each character is given equal importance, which inevitably adds to the runtime. The film also deals with plenty of flashbacks to their childhood.
-The casting of the adults is perfect as they actually capture the spirit and essence of the kid actors. Bill Hader stand outs and continues to prove he has a strong career post-Saturday Night Live.
-You’ll feel a gamut of emotions. It is legitimately scary, you’ll laugh at Bill Hader’s sassy comebacks, and you may even shed a tear at the ending.
-Bill Skarsgard continues to frighten as Pennywise. I think the film is at it’s scariest when we get to see him in his clown image versus the other forms Pennywise takes which utilize CGI.
-The length and its bonkers, far out there ending may deter an audience going in for easy scares.
Is It Worth You’re Trip to the Movies? Not an easy movie to sit through, but rich and emotionally satisfying.
RATING: 4 out of 5 TICKET STUBS
BRITTANY RUNS A MARATHON (in theaters)
Brittany is at that point in her life where she’s in her thirties and far too old to be out drinking past midnight, eating junk food, and late for work every day. She lives in New York City, the city that never sleeps, and she still acts like it. This lifestyle is finally catching up to her when she goes to the doctor’s office and gets a bad report. She’s urged to lose 45-55 pounds if she’s willing to make some pretty big changes. She has that all-too-real breakdown moment when she realizes that she needs help. She starts small by running one block at a time and joins a running group led by one of her neighbors. It doesn’t stop there as she convinces her two new friends to sign up for the New York City marathon. She has less than a year to train but her newfound energy and mental clarity gives her a renewed sense of self realizing who and what means most to her.
-Starring: Jillian Bell, Michaela Watkins, Lil Rel Howery, Mikey Day
-Inspired by director Paul Downs Colaizzo’s best friend Brittany who went through this major life overhaul and weight loss transformation in order to run the NYC marathon.
-Captures that pulse and rat race of New York City, the pretentious neighbors, the social demands, and the loneliness that comes with it. It’s very different from the New York City we typically see in rom-coms.
-The character of Brittany is flawed, which makes her so authentic. She says and does some awful things to her friends and to herself as she’s navigating this life transformation. There are a few cringe-worthy scenes with how Brittany is treated and how she treats others.
-Jillian Bell is best known for broad comedies like 22 Jump Street and Rough Night but gets to flex the dramatic side to her range. She is incredible at balancing the surface level humor of the character as she tries to impress her friends while carrying the deep insecurities and struggles she has within herself.
-As someone who has gone through a similar weight loss transformation, it really gets it right in terms of the personal shame you feel, the guilt, the emotional eating, and the perseverance it takes to accomplish a personal transformation.
-Reminds the audience that you are not the only going through a struggle, and it’s not selfish to ask others for help. There is plenty to glean from this movie as we all search within ourselves to find our own “marathon” to accomplish in life.
Is It Worth Your Trip to the Movies? Inspirational for anyone that has a little Brittany inside of them.
RATING: 4 out of 5 TICKET STUBS