As a non book reader, I saw it last night and whilst I did enjoy it, I came out feeling maybe a little disappointed - that it's not as good as the first certainly but that it wasn't bad, wasn't great but was just "fine". The cast is good and has good chemistry. Bill Hader is the stand out of the Losers for me, man that guy needs to be in more things. Adult Mike, like his child counterpart, again doesn't really feel like a character more just a plot device and I found his cover up of the failed ritual a bit odd. The exception is maybe adult Bowers who feels shoehorned in and like something out of a cheap 90s slasher including his escaping of the institute. I also found it odd how his kid zombie friend was driving the car for him. I thought all the zombies and weird stuff were just visions not actual physical things? I also thought Derry was more of a character in the first film.. there was more of a general creepiness in the town (and maybe film) whereas here it feels quite clean/glossy/beautiful in comparison. Didn't notice the run time, it flew by quite quickly but I did feel that there were perhaps too many flashbacks to the kids, to the point that it lost focus on or didnt develop the adults enough. Whilst it was a nice moment, the bit with the clubhouse felt like it was too long/too much. I found the whole "need to do a ritual" thing a bit odd and not sure why.. it's almost like it felt poorly/differently handled to the rest of the film. And it perhaps could have being explained a little better/clearer. The reveal of the failed ritual felt shoehorned and Mike's reasons for hiding this just felt off too. The ending too didn't quite hit the mark for me.. I have a vague idea of what's involved in the ending of the book so I know it's kinda hinted at and they probably did the best they could have done but I just wish someone (or something) had actually just come out and said/explained its an inter-dimensional being and that it feeds on fear and whatnot rather than just hinting at and beating about the bush. Skarsgard does a fantastic job again. Like the first film, the best bits feature Pennywise and I felt like there wasn't enough of him in this one. The horror (or film itself even) is at its best when Pennywise is just creeping about in the background (such as the old lady scuttling about her kitchen in the background) or just standing there looking creepy (hiding in the balloons in the opening) or having a one on one with a character (the bleachers and fun house scenes). With the exception of a couple bits (such as Paul Bunyon and the 3 doors/dog - which was a funny callback) when he turns in to a big cgi thing it's just kinda silly and loses all effect.. and I'm sure it's unintentional but when that giant naked lady pops out, it's just laughable. Again with the exception of a few key scenes here, I think the horror and jump scares were done better in the first film. Overall the cast is good and there are some good moments throughout the film but it's not quite as tight as the first and relies a little too much on flashbacks, 6/10. Oh and I don't know if this was just me but I hated the way that all the characters, when talking about Pennywise, would put emphasis on the word "it" as if that was its name. Should be talking about "it" not "It".. it just felt odd.