Back in Black
Film: The Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death
Cast: Phoebe Fox, Jeremy Irvine, Helen McCrory
Directed by: Tom Harper
Duration: 1 hr 38 mins
Rating: * * 1 / 2
Susan Hills popular ghost story The Woman in Black was adapted as a film in 2011 and since it was a commercial success the sequel has followed suit. Apart from the economics, I don’t see any reason why this film was made, it is not a terrible sequel but there isn’t a great deal to write home about either.
The original film starred Daniel Radcliffe and since his character dies at the end he is not in this film although the chance of bringing him back as a ghost couldn’t have been ruled out.
The film is set during WWII and people of Crythin Gifford have left the village. Barring the ghost and an old caretaker, there is no one there. With the war in full swing , children are rescued and sent to more safer places. In this case, they don’t find any better place than the rather eerie village. Eve Parkins (Phoebe Fox) is a kind hearted teacher and the headmistress (Helen McCrory) is rather strict lady. With a handful of kids in tow they land in the old haunted Eel Marsh mansion.
The first target for the ghoul is a young boy Edward, who doesn’t speak and slowly the evil starts spreading around. Ms. Parkins also has a suitor in the form of a fighter pilot who is the only other resident in that part of the world.
As it had to be, the young teacher also becomes a target of the haunted spirit and it all comes to an end with the expected explanations.
Angel of Death has the occasional spark but for many parts it is just dull. At no point is enough interested evoked in the characters, including the ghost. Luckily, the director has restrained himself from overdoing the standard tropes seen in horror films. Relative newcomer Phoebe Fox as the leading lady has put up a good show but otherwise this ghost business is average fare.
Published in The Navhind Times on 4th Jan 2015