Review: THE WOMEN IN BLACK 2: ANGEL OF DEATH
After the release of the first part of THE WOMEN IN BLACK in 2012, it didn’t take long until this sequel hit the theatres. I´ve reviewed the first part a couple of months before and everything I said back then applies to ANGEL OF DEATH as well. The set design and the style of the movie is absolutely top notch and reminds me of the old school horror movies that the iconic film studio Hammer is known for. However, it feels like a movie from the past and I am kind of disappointed because Hammer didn´t use this chance to produce a modern movie that connects with the young viewers who are bored to death by the typical old and antiquated ghost house movies. I mean, this is not the 60s anymore and I would have appreciated seeing a movie that´s somehow fresh and new; but THE WOMEN IN BLACK 2: ANGEL OF DEATH is SO not it.
The plot takes place in a couple of years after the first part and is set during the time of world war 2. As I already said, the set design looks fantastic and the cinematography is really cool. I liked some aspects of this movie but overall, this is just too much last century for me to fully enjoy it. Daniel Radcliffe did NOT reprise his role from part 1 and I guess he wasn´t very fond of repeating the same thing again, without adding anything new to the story. Everything is very predictable and while there are a couple of well timed jump scares, I would not want to watch it again. Everything is PG-13 and the fact that hardly are any gory scenes makes this more of a movie for kids. But honestly, it´s a little bit to scary for 13 year olds and I would really not want to watch it with my kids. On the other hand, it´s actually not brutal or scary enough for an adult audience.
The sound is great and I totally enjoyed the style of this movie, but it´s so similar to many other movies that I wouldn’t know of any good reason I could tell you to watch it. It´s ok and the whole idea is totally scary and I am pretty sure you could make a very good horror movie out of it, but this is neither fish, nor flesh, nor good red herring. The cast is absolutely ok, but there was no one that was so great that it would attract attention. Director Tom Harper doesn´t seem to have any experience with the horror genre and the movie that he´s mostly known for is THE BORROWERS. And it doesn´t really feel like he put a lot of his personal style in this because the movie just keeps repeating the same principles & scenes from the first part, only worse and with less gore. A couple of scenes are alright and I can´t say it´s a bad movie, but it´s incredibly unoriginal and foreseeable. Good movie to impress your date with your masculine bravery by not starting to scream like a little girl during the scary scenes but nothing that would keep you awake at night!
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