Forgettable horror sequels are a dime a dozen in Hollywood; they’re almost never anywhere near as good as their predecessors and fail to reach the caliber of the movie that helped lay the foundation (or make a profit for a studio). While It: Chapter 2 is based on Stephen King’s popular novel, the physical copy of which is as heavy as a bag of apples, it still has a lot to live up to thanks to its forerunner that was a smashing hit and a near-perfect horror movie. Based on the box office numbers and reception, Warner Brothers gave returning director Andy Muschietti more than just the keys to the sequel, but the whole garage, its tools, and anything else he wanted in order to make Chapter 2 live up to every bit of the first installment. As a result, It: Chapter 2 is more than just a horror movie. It’s a blockbuster with the mentality of “go big or go home.” Going all out to the very end It: Chapter 2 swings for the fences and hits a home run. At just a hair below its predecessor, it’s not only the year’s best horror movie, but also one of the best horror sequels ever made.
At first I didn’t like The Huntsman: Winter’s War. Then, as I kept watching, it seemed to find its footing a bit and I began to see that there was a great movie in here, struggling to get out. What’s more, I had this nagging feeling that I’d seen this great movie before. Near the end of the movie, I realized where I’d seen it – in the trailer. At 2 minutes, 30 seconds, the trailer for The Huntsman, Winter’s War, was a gorgeous cinematic masterpiece. What I saw this afternoon was the same film except it was 113 minutes too long. Read more
Crimson Peak felt like a guilty pleasure for me. I couldn’t tell if it was good or bad because I’m a sucker for Victorian Era stuff. I loved this film since I first saw the trailer for it; actually seeing it was just confirmation. But if you like the trailer, you’ll love the movie. It is exactly as advertised.