Risen and Revisited: The Woman in Black 2
Hey there, Creepy Peeps! Welcome to the first installment of Reviews: Risen and Revisited! The plan here is to go back and revisit the films I’ve reviewed before on my YouTube channel (What? You didn’t know I had a YouTube channel? Well, click here, friend!). In these revisits, I’m going to look at my comments I had on the film initially and talk about if my opinions have changed since that first watch. Basically, I’m a fickle af and I change my mind ALL. THE. TIME.
For this first installment, I went all the way back (like three years) to one of the first film I ever reviewed on my channel: The Woman in Black 2.
It’s okay to feel underwhelmed.
In case you forgot about this film, which is totally understandable, I’ll jog your memory a bit:
The Woman in Black 2 is directed by Tom Harper, stars Phoebe Fox, Helen McCrory, and Jeremy Irvine, and was released back in 2014. Set 40 years after the events of the first (and slightly superior) film, a group of orphans under the care of Jean Hogg (McCrory) and Eve Parkins (Fox), are evacuated out of WWII-torn London. The group arrive at Eel Marsh House and not long after children begin dying as Eve uncovers the dark past of the house.
When I first watched this, I mentioned the color palette of the film as well as the costume design being well-done. I still think so, however, I noticed how much more Eve stands out from her surroundings because of her brighter and more colorful clothing. Eve remarks to Harry at one point in the film that her bright personality is her way of coping with everything. This personality is shown in Eve’s contrast to her darker and more neutral surroundings.
This time around I also picked up on the underlying theme of loss throughout. Every character is dealing with loss: Eve gave up her child at its birth, Jean’s children are grown and no longer need her, little Edward (Oaklee Pendergast) lost his parents in an air raid, and Harry lost his crew members in battle. All this plays off the Woman’s (Leanne Best) own loss which drove her to suicide – stuff we learned in the first film.
Speaking of the first film, I’m glad this sequel didn’t spend too much time rehashing stuff that was discovered in the first film. I usually am wary of sequels (especially ones with all new characters) as a lot of the narrative is spent having the characters find out things other characters discovered in the first film. I realize the new characters need to find out somehow, but for the audience, it can cause the film to drag. Luckily, The Woman in Black 2 doesn’t really suffer from this.
My first overall impression of The Woman in Black 2 was a big “meh.” Initially, I found this to be a competent film, but nothing to write home about. I still feel the same way about this sequel despite the slightly different impression it left on me this time around. The Woman in Black 2 doesn’t make as many of the mistakes as other sequels have. It’s a competent film, but nothing special.
Watch my initial review of The Woman in Black 2 here...if you dare! No, it's not scary or anything...just really cringey.