She never left.
Sequels can be one of two things: really great or really terrible. Daniel Radcliffe set a mark in The Woman In Black that would be hard to top for a sequel. The Woman in Black doesn’t earn the gold star for first place, but I would at least give it a bronze medal. Its successor, not so much. Cheap scares and dark corners are all you’re going to find in this film.
Set in the time period during WWII, forty years after Daniel Radcliffe’s Arthur Kipps inhabited the house, orphans of the war take refuge in the same house from the first film. The film centers around Eve Parkins, Phoebe Fox, and Jean Hogg, Helen McCrory. The two have taken in children to flee the country during the war. Before boarding the train we get an introduction to Edward, Oaklee Pendergast, an orphan who Eve feels the need to take under her wing. She immediately is protective over him and watches out for him the rest of the film.While on the train to the house which they will turn into an orphanage, we meet a war veteran, Harry, Jeremy Irvine.
Arriving at the house, Jean and Eve are stunned at what they’ve been given to take shelter in and turn into an orphanage. The house is old and clearly a safety hazard, but the caretaker assures them that it is the only thing they will find, as it is the only thing available. So, they decide to make the best of it and get the children settled in. Edward seems to be struggling getting along with the other kids, as they pick on him, and Eve starts having weird dreams. Harry shows up at the house, kind of creepy since they just met for the first time on a train ride, and Eve invites him in. They become close.
Now, after the first creepy dream and the first kid starts acting weird, you know everything’s about to hit the fan. This movie is no different. Edward becomes ‘obsessed’ with the Woman, and Eve tries to protect him, obviously putting herself at risk. This movie had a lot to live up to, considering its predecessor, and it didn’t quite hit the mark. There were a few scares that made me jump, however most you could see coming a mile away, the predictable scares in every movie, and there were good parts to the film as well, but overall I wasn’t as impressed as I hoped I would be. I give them credit for sticking to the story line from the first movie for the most part, and the ending is satisfying. It just seemed a little bit rushed, and the characters didn’t stand up as well to Radcliffe’s Arthur Kipps. There wasn’t as much to work with in this film, and The Woman wasn’t as well explained, even though if you watched the first one you know the basics. The ending was kind of predictable, I think I called it about halfway through. That could be because it was an easy guess, or because I just watch so many movies I think I’ve figured out all the twists.
If you liked the first movie, this one might not stand up to your expectations. Overall, I know this review is short, but I really just don’t have a ton to say about it. It didn’t stick with me like it should have. Luckily, it’s already out on DVD and Netflix so you don’t technically have to pay to see it.
Rating: 4 out of 10
Trailer: The Woman In Black 2: Angel Of Death