Reviewed by: Pamela Gardner
World War 2
ghosts and the Bible
|Featuring:||Helen McCrory … Jean Hogg
Jeremy Irvine … Harry Burnstow
Phoebe Fox … Eve Parkins
Oaklee Pendergast … Edward
Ned Dennehy … Old Hermit Jacob
Leanne Best … Woman In Black
Leilah de Meza … Ruby
Hayley Joanne Bacon … Woman at Station
Adrian Rawlins … Dr. Rhodes
Jorge Leon Martinez … Londoner
Amelia Pidgeon … Joyce
Claire Rafferty … Clara
Prequel: “The Woman in Black” (2012)
This film is a sequel to “The Woman in Black” and takes place 40 years later in 1941 during the Germany bombings of London. As a way to seek refuge from the disaster occurring in their homeland. Two teachers take a group of children, including one young child who was recently orphaned, to a dark, dilapidated mansion—the one where the original film took place.
Edward, the recently orphaned child, has stopped speaking since the loss of his parents and starts to see things around the mansion, including the elusive woman in black, and, after seeing her, other children begin to disappear and are found dead. That’s the setup for this sequel.
I did not enjoy the film. I found it unnecessary and dull. The acting is weak, with poorly developed characters, with cliché music and false jump scares with no meaning. The cinematography is dark… literally; I couldn’t see much of anything, at times, which quickly became annoying. The plot that was so strong in its predecessor was stumped—no development, the audience learns nothing more, contrary to what is expected in a sequel. The lead actress character “Eve,” has a secret in her past which isn’t enough to hold my attention or carry the film.
As for objectionable content, there is not too much, but I should mention that there is profanity (e.g., OMG). Not to mention the ideas of a ghost and haunting which are more prominent in this fallen world. Which leads me to biblical issues.
ghosts and the Bible
There isn’t much in this film, however, something did ring true, it pertains to dealing with the past. When we are saved by Jesus Christ, he removes our sins, as far as the east is from the west. I know personally; I kept having the sins of my past keep me from truly living in God’s grace, and sometimes it is a struggle. We, as Christians, must realize that if God, the Creator of all can forgive his fallen creation, through His One and Only Son, we need to live in His Grace and tell the world of His amazing love, and not let our past cripple us from being a true witness for Christ.
As for a recommendation about this movie, if it wasn’t obvious from my review. No.
Violence: Moderate to heavy / Profanity: Minor—“d*mn,” OMG / Sex/Nudity: Mild
See list of Relevant Issues—questions-and-answers.