This weekend saw the release of IT, the long-awaited adaptation of Stephen King’s novel. The book that serves as the source material is one of King’s best known stories, though there are plenty of folks who have only had exposure to that and the 1990 mini-series adaptation in passing.
So if your familiarity with IT extends beyond that of the movie that just hit theaters, this may not be a huge surprise. However, if it doesn’t, you may have left the theaters a bit unsure of what to you were supposed to take away.
So that’s why we’re here. To help clear up any uncertainty you may have had leaving the theater.
While it goes without saying, we’ll say it anyways.
Let’s start with the actual defeat of Pennywise. Upon realizing that the kids no longer feared them, we saw the dancing clown get the living tar beaten out of him by the kids. He then descended down a sewer pipe, seeming to dissolve as he went.
However, if you felt that that ending had a lack of finality to it, you’re not alone. This film wasn’t meant to show the end of Pennywise for good, but rather the end of Pennywise for now. As such, we never see a true death, but rather a retreat to the darker depths down below, where our villain will remain dormant for another 27 years.
The kids know this, and thus make the blood pact near the very end, knowing that the danger will rise once more.
The second clue audiences had was the end title for IT, which bore the subtitle, “Chapter One.” If it wasn’t clear enough at that point, Pennywise had lived to strike another day. This wasn’t something that was shared in any of the marketing, and if you had come into this experience completely cold, you may have thrown your hands up in disgust. “Of course they’re building this up for a sequel.”
No, don’t worry. If you left before the credits ended, you didn’t miss a lot. All you really missed was Pennywise laughing at the very end. This was yet another hint dropped that the danger in Derry was still ever-present. So despite him being taken down, he’s still deep within the sewers, waiting for his time to reappear in Derry.
IT: Chapter Two
If you somehow went into that film now knowing any of this was going to happen, allows us to explain. IT is an 1,100-page tome, and in it, King jumps around between the Losers Club as kids to the Losers Club as adults. Rather than borrow from that structure, the filmmakers opted to split the film into two parts.
Part one is the one we just saw, and part two is the part to come with the kids tackling Pennywise once again as adults. The studio had been waiting to see how the performance of this film fared before they completely green-lit the next, and with IT taking in a ridiculous $123 million in its opening weekend, we think it’s safe to say they’ll be making that sequel and completing this two-part tale.
Are you looking forward to IT: Chapter 2? Let us know your thoughts down below!
IT is out in theaters now!