After months and months of hearing that Disney’s family-oriented streaming service would be dropping later in 2019, we finally have some dates for Disney+ as well as big projects like Lady and the Tramp, the live-action remake that is heading to the service early in its run. As it turns out, Lady and the Tramp will be dropping November 12 – the same day Disney+ drops. Giving marketing should now start ramping up, we finally have the first poster for the movie as well.
Generally, posters for films are often cool but perhaps not worth writing a full piece on. However, in the case of the new Lady and the Tramp poster, the first look hearkens back to the original animated movie. You know the scene I’m talking about, when Lady “Pidge” and Tramp go on a spaghetti dinner date and end with an accidental kiss due to sharing the same spaghetti strand. Take a look.
Honestly, while we don’t get a look at the two dogs actually sharing the plate of spaghetti, you can see their connection in their gazes at one another. The scene in question is one of the most iconic in animated movie history and definitely has kept Lady and the Tramp memorable in popular culture more than it may have stuck otherwise.
The poster is also notable because it gives us a good look at Tramp and Lady, who will actually be played by real life dogs in the film. Playing the role of Tramp is a shelter dog named Monte and Lady will be played by a cocker spaniel named Rose. It should feel starkly different than The Lion King, which, while a live-action project, was really just a whole lot of CGI. (At least, except for the one real shot.)
The live action Disney remakes have sort of run the gamut. Some of them are very close to the source material while others have strayed from the original animated films. We’ll have to wait and see how Lady and the Tramp pans out, but at least we know the most iconic scene from the movie will be included in some fashion, thanks to this poster tease.
If you’d like another look at the two former shelter pups, D23 has obliged in a recent issue, giving us a close-up look at the live-action stars of the new film.
Since they began, the MTV Video Music Awards has been the embodiment of the phrase “anything goes.” In 1984, Madonna delivered the first-ever VMA performance with a rendition of her hit “Like a Virgin” while wearing a white wedding dress and suggestively rolling around on stage—at the time it wasn’t only shocking but considered downright scandalous. Fast-forward 19 years and Madonna made headlines again, this time with Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, and that infamous kiss.
But Madge isn’t the only star to push the envelope at the MTV Video Music Awards: Each year manages to outdo the next, and we’re rarely disappointed. Ahead of the 2019 VMAs, which airs on August 26, we gathered 21 of the most shocking, unforgettable, and overall WTF moments in the show’s history.
As I was recently going through my mental power rankings of my favorite Taylor Swift songs (because I have nothing better to do on my commute), I was surprised to realize that “I Knew You Were Trouble” no longer held the top spot on my list. In fact, it has been superseded by “Style,” which mtvU has been playing in the lead-up to the VMAs.
What makes “Style” so great, outside of Max Martin and Shellback’s propulsive and seductive ’80s synth beat, is how well it showcases Taylor’s songwriting and arrangement. In the verse, we quickly meet our two characters: lovers for whom things maybe aren’t going so great. Then, as Taylor does so well, she uses the pre-chorus as a literal breakdown – in this case, using the pause to spell out that the real problem is that the relationship is toxic but addictive for both parties. Finally, the big climactic chorus cleansing hits, and it’s Taylor summing up everything you heard in a chant-able, cathartic way. Then she does it all again starting with the second verse. It’s basically using verse-pre-chorus-chorus as a three-act structure, and it’s the coolness and simplicity of “Style” that sets it apart from her other songs that do the same thing.
Taylor’s strength since her country days has been her ability to turn stories that hinge on familiar tropes into immediately memorable ear-worms for maximum emotional impact. With her new album out today, I can’t wait for her to sing a few more stories, even if I already know how they end. —Bob Marshall
I’m in the process of a thorough audit of my sandals, for an unsexy reason I can’t continue to ignore: I’ve had some foot issues in recent months (frequent but erratic toe and ball-of-foot pain; seemingly flatter arches on my already flat feet; aching Achilles tendon) that require serious support and comfort. I’m lucky that “ugly shoes” have been a thing for a couple years now—to the point that designer Christopher Kane is out here collaborating with Z-Coil, one of the original (and maybe kind of cool?) orthopedic brands.
There’s been a slightly existential facet to critically taking stock of my footwear: It’s made me feel like my body is unraveling or faltering, sooner than I’d like or expect. It’s forced me to examine the complicated relationship between aging and fashion…from the ground up, literally. I know I must make some major changes, footwear-wise, ASAP to avoid (or at least minimize) potential decades of pain. For guidance on how to overhaul my shoe collection, I spoke to folks with expert intel on how to find the most comfortable, supportive kicks and inserts out there: from a foot and ankle surgeon to women double my age with decades’ more experience with this quest. Here are a few things I’ve learned.
Don’t wait for foot or leg pain to arrive to get serious about supportive shoes. Jason Bergmann, owner of Natural Balance Orthotics, a Chicago-area custom orthotics company, says that the most common complaints he addresses with patients are heel pain, metatarsalgia, and various types of lower leg issues. “Now, people walk into our office and they have some knowledge; they understand that wearing high heels is bad—and also flip-flops are no good, where 10 years ago, that wasn’t the case,” he says, noting that he’s seeing a younger demographic frequenting his family’s practice. “Your 50s or 60s if often when you start to have real foot issues, and now, [those patients’] kids come in.”
You don’t necessarily have to toss all your not-so-supportive shoes. “I think there’s a lot of false myths on shoe wear and foot condition,” Dr. Ettore Vulcano, MD, an orthopaedic surgeon specializing in foot and ankle issues at Mount Sinai in New York. For example, heels may “accelerate the bunions and make them feel worse, but they don’t cause the bunion; if you develop a bunion, you will have probably developed it, regardless of what type of shoe you’ve worn in your lifetime.” Getting realistic—and strategic—about when and where you wear your comfiest, most foot-pleasing kicks is key.
… But, some shoes are better than others. Flip flops, heels, thin-soled sneakers, and ultra-flat sandals with thin soles and no arch support are some of the worst summery shoe options when it comes to podiatric health, according to experts. “You’re putting a tremendous amount of stress onto the foot, with very little shock absorption,” Dr. Vulcano says of shoes with flimsy, ultra-bendy midsoles. Even if they don’t cause pain right now, they can later, says Bergmann: “Over time, we’ll see that cause damage to the foot—when you’re young you can kind of get away with it, but over many years of wearing that type of footwear, you’ll see they can cause damage.”
There are a few design features to look out for in footwear. A style with “just a little bit of a heel inclination,” can be incredibly comfy, per Dr. Vulcano: A thicker sole means increased shock absorption, but the heel height and incline from heel to the arch/rest of the foot has to be modest for the addition of a heel to actually help, not hurt, your feet. (He recommends around one inch of height difference between the heels and toes, and no more than two inches of height.) Stabilizing straps are also important—there isn’t a particular strap design or material that’s the absolute best, but secure construction and chafe-free material are two guidelines to buy by. Bergmann says to look for straps that are seam-free to avoid blisters.
After extensive research and input from the experts, here are some of the most comfortable footwear brands out there.
The finale of Phase 3 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe was brutal. At the end of Avengers: Infinity War half of all life was completely wiped out. But, the good news for all of them is they only had to die once. It seems that Doctor Strange may have been the most abused, as he apparently died 14 million times in the movie.
The Russo Brothers seem to have spent every waking moment since April fielding questions about the way things came to a close for the Avengers. One question, recently posed by a fan as part of a video for Wired, asks Joe and Anthony exactly how Doctor Strange’s review of all possible futures works. It seems that Strange wasn’t able to simply view them, but he had to actually experience them, which means he died at the end of nearly every one. According to Joe Russo…
That’s pretty brutal. I mean, you figure in half of them Doctor Strange died with the snap, but in the other half he survived. What happened after that is anybody’s guess but you have to figure that any attempt to bring anybody back failed, likely leading to Strange dying then as well.
Of course, there is a minor problem with this. In the one possible future where our heroes win, Strange falls victim to the snap. Clearly, this means that he is capable of seeing past his own death, so he doesn’t necessarily have to reset things after he dies, in fact, if he does that, he never sees the solution.
But the fact that Doctor Strange died millions of times might not even be the worst part of his experience peeking into the future. As Anthony Russo explained, the act of doing so could have been equally painful, because of how long it took.
Technically this means Doctor Strange might have experienced everything we see in Avengers: Endgame, the five year time gap included, 14 million times. If you thought sitting through a three hour movie was rough, imagine doing it that many times, all in a row.
Will Smith’s Neo is just one of Hollywood’s great casting ‘What ifs‘ alongside Russell Crowe’s Aragorn and Tom Selleck’s Indiana Jones. Will Smith famously turned down the role of Neo in 1999’s seminal science fiction film The Matrix, but if he had just listened to his wife, he might have made that instead of Wild Wild West. Jada Pinkett Smith tried to convince Will not to turn down The Matrix, as she explained:
Jada Pinkett Smith did her best to convince her husband that he shouldn’t turn down The Matrix. She believed in the Wachowskis and The Matrix from the start and as she told Entertainment Weekly, she knew that it would be a revolutionary film, which of course it was. The actress got it and tried to explain to Will what a big deal it was and why he should do it, but it was to no avail.
Will Smith simply didn’t get it in the same way that she did and he turned down the role, which resulted in the sci-fi classic that we have today, but is definitely one you’ve got to think he’d like to have back. This proves that he should have listened to his wife all along because her intuition was right on the money. I wonder what she had to say about After Earth.
In Will Smith’s defense, the actor recently recalled the pitch meeting for the film he had with the Wachowskis and given his recollection of it, it’s understandable that he turned it down. According to him, they were just talking about how cool it would be for him to freeze in the middle of jumping during a fight.
You can only make the decision that feels right to you at the time with the information available and that weird pitch may not have seemed like a revolution Will Smith wanted to be a part of, but his wife certainly did.
Jada Pinkett Smith originally went out for the part of Trinity in The Matrix but lost the part to Carrie-Anne Moss. On that front, she has no regrets about the way things turned out, as she explained:
Carrie-Anne Moss was the perfect Trinity just as Keanu Reeves was the perfect Neo– and it’s hard to imagine The Matrix any other way now. Therefore, Jada Pinkett is content with having lost out on that role in a film that she believed in so fully. Will Smith has echoed this sentiment in the past, fearing that he would have ruined The Matrix had he been cast as Neo.
Lucky for Jada though, she still got to be a part of the Wachowski’s world when the siblings wrote the role of Niobe for her in the sequel films The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions.
When in doubt, as Cypher said in the original film, “If I have to choose between that and the Matrix, I choose the Matrix.” Whatever ‘that’ happens to be, always choose the Matrix. Speaking of The Matrix, news just broke that The Matrix 4 is happening with Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss attached to return and Lana Wachowski writing and directing. Will there be a part for Jada Pinkett Smith’s Niobe? We’ll have to wait and see.
Check out our 2019 Release Schedule to keep track of all this year’s biggest films and stay tuned to CinemaBlend for the latest movie news.
Warning: SPOILERS forSpider-Man: Far From Homeare ahead!
Although Tony Stark died at the end of Avengers: Endgame, his influence was felt in the follow-up Spider-Man: Far From Home, as Peter Parker was still mourning for his mentor and worried about living up to Tony’s legacy. Unfortunately for Peter, his adversary in Far From Home, Quentin Beck, a.k.a. Mysterio, would later use Tony’s memory against him by conjuring an illusion of a zombie Iron Man crawling out from the grave.
However, this scene could have been a lot creepier, as new Spider-Man: Far From Home concept art has been released showing Spidey battling an army of zombie Iron Men. Check it out!
In Spider-Man: Far From Home, Spidey didn’t actually fight the Iron Man zombie while he was tripping out during Mysterio’s illusion barrage, but in the above artwork shared by Marvel Visual Development artist Henrik Tamm on Instagram, he could have had to face off against numerous undead versions of the genius billionaire playboy philanthropist. And while the zombie Iron Man in Far From Home still had some of its faceplate intact, these monstrosities favored fully showing off their grotesque faces.
It’s unclear why this action sequence was scrapped; perhaps it was deemed a little too scary for the younger crowd checking out the PG-13 flick, or maybe it was just to . In any case, while it’s a shame Spider-Man: Far From Home didn’t get to go full Marvel Zombies, at least Mysterio still called on one Iron Man zombie to screw with Peter Parker’s head.
Although he was depicted in marketing and the early portion of Spider-Man: Far From Home as a hero, Mysterio soon showed that he was just as duplicitous as his comic book counterpart. A disgruntled ex-Stark Industries employee who was displeased with how Tony Stark made use of his advanced holographic technology (shown as B.A.R.F. in Captain America: Civil War) and was fired for being unstable, Quentin Beck teamed up with other people fired by Tony to establish Mysterio as a new, popular superhero for the world following the death of Iron Man.
Mysterio eventually obtained the E.D.I.T.H. A.I. Tony Stark bequeathed to Peter Parker and tried to use it to carry out his biggest Elementals illusion yet, but the Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man managed to foil this scheme. But before dying, Mysterio left one last surprise Peter: doctored video footage aired by The Daily Bugle showing Quentin framing the Elemental attack in London on the teen hero and revealing his secret identity to the world. No matter what medium he’s in, Spider-Man just can’t catch a break.
In the meantime, you can keep track of what movies are heading to theaters later this year in our 2019 release schedule.
Five months and one day ago, the Marvel Cinematic Universe became whole. The combination of the Spider-Man deal with Sony, and Disney’s merger with Fox back in March 2019 created a situation where every Marvel character could finally appear in a live-action movie together. Unfortunately, though, that dream state has proven to be short-lived. The aforementioned deal between Marvel Studios and Sony has seemingly fallen apart, and now it appears that the wall-crawler’s time in the biggest franchise on the planet is coming to an end.
The news has sent a shockwave through the industry, with internet chatter exploding and new details very slowly coming to light, and most fans now find themselves a bit dazed and wondering what this all means for the future. There are a lot of questions waiting to be answered, but there are five in particular that stand out to us after this bombshell:
How Will This Affect The Storytelling In The Next Spider-Man Movie?
Prior to the release of Spider-Man: Homecoming, the big question surrounding the project was how it was going to differentiate itself from the five previous Spider-Man movies we saw in the two decades before it. Ultimately, the franchise had a very good answer for that: the film stands apart because the titular hero had never before been a part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. In addition to skipping the whole origin story business, the relationship between Peter Parker and Tony Stark a.k.a. Iron Man as a mentor became crucial.
This very much continued in Spider-Man: Far From Home, where Peter was left reeling following the events of The Blip and Tony’s death… but evidently these kinds of details are going to be totally off the table for the still-happening sequel. So how is that going to affect the approach that Jon Watts takes and the story he tells? Can previously established villains like Vulture and Mysterio still return even though their backstories are deeply ingrained with the life and work of Tony Stark? Does the relationship between Happy Hogan and Aunt May just totally disappear? This whole situation is akin to mixing flour and sugar together in a bowl, aborting your recipe, and then trying to extract the sugar.
Will All Other MCU Heroes Just Forget About Spider-Man?
Of course, these things work both ways. In addition to Spider-Man’s world no longer being affected by the events of the larger Marvel Cinematic Universe, presumably the rest of the Marvel Cinematic Universe would also have to forget about him. That’s pretty significant when you consider that Spidey hasn’t exactly just dipped his toe in to the experience of being around other Marvel characters. At this point he’s basically met all of the principal players.
Let’s not forget that prior to Spider-Man: Homecoming the hero was involved in one of the biggest superhero battles of all time in Captain America: Civil War, and then after his solo movie he was prominently featured fighting alongside Doctor Strange, the Guardians of the Galaxy, Captain Marvel, and more against cosmic forces in Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame. Going forward, will heroes just have to totally forget that there once was a teenager who swung around on webs and crawled on walls?
Can The Deal Still Be Salvaged?
Here is where some good news enters the playing field. While things definitely don’t look great at the negotiating table right now, the final hammer has not yet been driven in the coffin of the Spider-Man/Marvel Cinematic Universe deal. A representative from Sony has said that the conversation between the company and Marvel Studios is not over just yet, and that there is still an on-going discussion about credits. So while things don’t look great, the question of “Can the deal still be salvaged?” is still a legitimate one to ask.
What makes this situation particularly complicated is that both sides really are holding a lot of cards. As mentioned earlier, Marvel Studios is operating what is currently the most popular movie franchise in the entire world, and it’s not exactly lacking in characters to bring to the big screen – particularly after the Fox merger opened the door to introduce both the Fantastic 4 and the X-Men. Spider-Man, however, is still arguably the most beloved Marvel hero around the globe, and also happens to be the biggest brand that Sony owns. Neither side has a ton of motivation to budge on key issues, which is surely why this became a conflict in the first place.
What Does This Mean For The Venom Series?
The other interesting wrinkle in this whole scenario for Sony is how this development may potentially affect the growing Venom series, which is preparing to start production on its first sequel later this year with director Andy Serkis at the helm. As things stand, the stories take place in a continuity separate from the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but a change in the deal between Marvel and Sony could have a massive impact on the direction things go, most importantly in regards to the possible future use of Tom Holland’s Spider-Man.
Up until now, the idea of having Tom Holland’s Spider-Man appear in a Venom sequel wouldn’t have worked because of the continuity conflict. If that’s no longer a problem, though, and Marvel Studios is out of the picture, that might change the way that Sony thinks about the situation. The version of the web-slinger that would appear in a future Venom release wouldn’t technically be from the MCU, but Holland would still carry that franchise’s clout with him, and perhaps boost the profile of Tom Hardy’s gooey alien following the critical hammering that his first feature experienced.
How Does Tom Holland Feel About All Of This?
When it comes to macro-scale franchise machinations, actors don’t really have much of a say in matters unless they also get a producer credit. That’s not the situation with Tom Holland and the Spider-Man movies, though, so one has to wonder how the young actor is currently handling all of this news coming out. He’s never been shy about his enthusiasm for sharing the screen with Marvel’s other biggest heroes, and it appears that his opportunity to do that is closing.
While Tom Holland is a very active social media user, he has yet to post anything since the news broke about the Marvel-Sony deal earlier today. Eventually, though, he will surely have to make a statement on the matter – and if that doesn’t happen in the next few days, it could wind up happening when he’s doing press for one of his upcoming releases (such as The Current War, which will be coming out in early October). The world is definitely waiting for his feelings on the matter, and you can be sure that you’ll find them here on CinemaBlend when he does ultimately share.
While things are still a bit hazy with this whole situation, what questions are you wondering about? Post them, along with your thoughts, feelings, and opinions, in the comments section below, and stay tuned for more updates.
Can you believe it’s that time already? The summer movie season is starting to wind down to make way for award season this fall. And from what’s been released so far, 2019’s contenders may be weighing heavily on the movies we’ve yet to see, even though eight months of the year have come and gone.
For the time being, Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood is a no-brainer contender for Best Picture. The Academy loves a film about movie-making and good commentary on the industry – just look at La La Land, Birdman and The Artist. Not to mention Tarantino’s movies are no stranger to the award season… nor the film’s big stars. Has Leonardo DiCaprio legally changed his middle name to Oscar at this point?
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood isn’t just any Tarantino movie, it’s his love letter to Los Angeles during the very time when he grew up. It’s his Roma. It seamlessly recreates Hollywood in 1969 around the happenings of some of the most famous events during the star-studded city’s more somber history.
It features some impressive performances from veterans of Hollywood’s biggest night. Margot Robbie sports a Sharon Tate that brought the late actress’ actual sister to tears (“[Robbie] sounded just like Sharon… I actually got to see my sister again” she said). Leonardo DiCaprio tackles an actor’s inception of his own, layering characters within his Rick Dalton character.
The Academy had quite a few contentious picks among the public last year, such as Green Book, Bohemian Rhapsody and Vice. Also, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood became Quentin Tarantino’s biggest box office opening of his career, with a $41 million debut and $179 million worldwide haul so far, placing the movie in the current top 15 of 2019.
Box office numbers by no means make or break a Best Picture contender (just look at Shape of Water’s earnings when it won in 2018). However, if certainly helps Hollywood‘s already big chances at taking the Academy Awards’ top prize. For example, Damien Chazelle’s First Man tanked last year and quickly moved down and out of the Oscars’ shortlist.
This could position Rocketman well for a Best Picture nomination coming up. The Academy is known to show support for musicals, and the Elton John fantasy biopic is also a timely tale that strikes a chord about addiction and brings visibility to the LGBT community and the pitfalls of the music industry.
Plus, it’s more daring than Bohemian Rhapsody, received much better reviews and had a nice run at the box office (though comparably weak to Rhapsody’s $903 million). Taron Egerton sang… Rami Malek lip synced. But will Rocketman look like something of a sequel to Rhapsody and as a result not get the recognition it deserves? I’d say that’d be more likely if Rhapsody had won over Green Book.
Other films that could be in the running (but are more so longshots) are Avengers: Endgame, Us and The Farewell. Marvel Studios may push for an Oscar campaign for the MCU epic, as accomplished with Black Panther’s seven overall nominations (including Best Picture) and three wins.
Endgame’s chances of a Best Picture nod is far less likely than the Wakanda-set feature received. Black Panther boasted social commentary and an impactful diversity shift in Hollywood. Endgame has already won highest-grossing movie ever. It’s the most blockbuster movies can get and the Academy is known to steer away from them with their picks.
Jordan Peele’s Us could snag a nomination or two, following his 2018 Original Screenplay win for Get Out, but Best Picture is less likely – the horror genre is greatly underrepresented at the Academy Awards. Lulu Wang’s The Farewell is more Oscar material. It even has a 99% fresh score on Rotten Tomatoes, and the indie starring Awkwafina has the power to make the kind of waves Greta Gerwig’s Lady Bird achieved with five Oscar nominations (including Best Picture). However, it’s not the frontrunner Once Upon a Time in Hollywood is.
With these other options considered, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood is the current Oscar frontrunner for Best Picture. This is a huge deal because Quentin Tarantino has never nabbed a Best Picture win for any of his nine films, though they’ve certainly been in the running before.
His first film to be considered for the top prize was 1994’s Pulp Fiction, which lost out to Forrest Gump. 15 years later, Inglourious Basterds was his next contender for Best Picture, but The Hurt Locker was given the title. Then, Django Unchained lost out to Argo in 2012.
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood could also receive nods in multiple other categories, such as for leads Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt and Margot Robbie, Best Directing for Tarantino (which he has also never won for) and Best Original Screenplay (the category in which he won his current two Oscars).
The movie could also make waves in technical categories, such as cinematography for three-time Academy Award winner Robert Richardson. Editing, sound editing and sound mixing are two other categories Tarantino’s films have been on the shortlist for.
The Academy Awards are known to deliver unexpected shake-ups, and chances are this will happen again for 2019’s films. Once Upon a Time in Hollywood is the frontrunner right now, but another movie could come out of left field during Oscar season and win Best Picture.
Last year, A Star is Born was the early-ish favorite for best film of 2018, but Green Book unexpectedly won the big one. Looking ahead, fall has tons of highly-anticipated Oscar types, such as Ford v. Ferrari, A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, The Goldfinch, The Irishman and Little Women. From the movies we’ve seen thus far as of August 2019, Once Upon a Time Hollywood could make history.
Because the original IT novel is a massive tome, Warner Bros and New Line Cinema wisely decided to split their adaptation of Stephen King’s beloved and horrifying tale into two parts. The first IT movie came out in September 2017, where it was met with a lot of positive reception and made over $700 million worldwide. Now IT Chapter Two is little over two weeks away, but as is often the case with these kinds of major motion pictures, some lucky folks have already seen it.
We have a little longer to wait for the full IT Chapter Two reviews to arrive, but looking at the reactions peppering social media now, it looks like the nearly three-hour IT Chapter Two is also getting a warm reception, though opinions range on whether or not it’s better than IT.
Starting off, CinemaBlend’s Sean O’Connell, a longtime Stephen King fan, declared that while he liked IT Chapter Two, it didn’t quite measure up to IT when it comes to scares, though the cast, i.e. the adult members of The Losers Club, shine brightly.
Mike Ryan from Uproxx also enjoyed IT Chapter Two for the most part, although the pacing wasn’t quite as good as it was in the previous movie. He also mentioned in a follow-up tweet that he wishes the eponymous entity’s powers and motivations were more clearly defined.
Slashfilm’s Chris Evangelista wasn’t a fan of how IT Chapter Two began and the cast chemistry, but ultimately found it to be an enjoyable movie, saying in a follow-up tweet that when looking at the two IT movies together, it’s one of the rare Stephen King adaptations “that actually understands King’s voice and successfully translates it to the screen.”
Paul Shirley from JoBlo was among IT Chapter Two’s biggest fans, praising the tone and cast, particularly Bill Hader, who plays the adult Richie Tozier. As you’ll see from other reactions, it sounds like Hader steals the show.
Collider’s Haleigh Foutch thought that while IT Chapter Two didn’t quite measure up to its ambition, it still worked overall, from the performances to the horror.
Finally, Erik Davis from Fandango felt that IT Chapter Two was a worthy successor to IT (though it’s definitely a heavier story) and added in another tweet that “the last 45 minutes or so are real strong.”
These are just some of the IT Chapter Two reactions that are now available online, so feel free to look around Twitter to learn what other people thought of the movie. But based off just these tweets, evidently we don’t need to worry about the sequel having dropped the ball… for the most part.
Set 27 years after the events of IT (which took place in 1988, 30 years later than the novel’s first time period), IT Chapter Two sees The Losers Club members reuniting in Derry, Maine to confront Pennywise the Dancing Clown again and defeat him for good. Along with the frequently-praised Bill Hader, the main cast includes James McAvoy, Jessica Chastain, Isaiah Mustafa, Jay Ryan, James Ransone and Andy Bean, as well as Bill Skarsgård reprising Pennywise.
We’ll also see the actors who played The Losers’ Club members as kids in IT reprise their roles, some of whom have been digitally de-aged. Andy Muschietti directed again and Gary Dauberman returned to co-write the IT Chapter Two script with Jason Fuchs.
You can judge IT Chapter Two for yourself when it scares its way into theaters on September 6. Stay tuned to CinemaBlend for more coverage concerning the sequel, and in the meantime, keep track of what other movies are coming out for the rest of the year in our 2019 release schedule.