It Chapter 2 Features A Great Cameo
Stephen King appears in It 2 to make fun of his own writing.
It Chapter 2 hits theatres this week. Reviews for the sequel to one of the highest-grossing R-rated movies of all time are mixed, but one thing that cannot be debated is that it has a fun cameo from author Stephen King.
Adult Bill, who is played by James McAvoy, is an author in his grown-up life. As part of a gag that extends through the whole movie, he is taken to task for writing unsatisfying endings. The joke here, in case it wasn't obvious, is that King's work is criticized for failing to stick the landing. That's what makes the cameo from King so good.
Bill visits an antique shop in Derry, Maine, and it's none other than King--wearing a Neil Young Harvest Moon t-shirt--himself who is behind the counter. The character King plays recognizes Bill as the author of books with bad endings, and the meta joke continues with King himself delivering the line.
It 2 is directed by Andy Muschietti and stars James McAvoy, Jessica Chastain, Bill Hader, James Ransone, Andy Bean, Isaiah Mustafa, and Bill Skarsgård.
GameSpot's It 2 review called it a "messy finale."
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