I watched The Ring Two last night. What an utter disappointment!
First of all, the wardrobe and hair were awful. Everything that made Rachel(Naomi Watts) so sweet and likable in the first film was taken over by the worst of early 2000s fashion. In one scene, Rachel wakes up with perfectly scrunched curls–in the first movie her hair was (tastefully)slightly wavy. After watching The Ring Two, I wanted to listen to some Spice Girls or something. Conversely, Aidan(David Dorfman) had a much better haircut this time ’round.
Child actor David Dorfman definitely upped his game. A combination of writing, hair, and strong acting made the character Aidan more real and less innately repulsive. Seeing Dorfman’s progress as a young actor was the highlight of the whole movie.
Costumes and acting are important, but there was one thing that really let me down. What made The Ring shine was it’s artistic flair. The episodic segments of the first movie showing how many days Rachel had left to live created a sense of dread and urgency. The Ring Two wasn’t even scary–just inadequate. It’s as if all of the budget was spent on unrealistic special effects(and paying Simon Baker), and all of the gloomy, gothic love was thrown aside as worthless.
One thing that contributed to this lack-of-horror movie was the storytelling. Samara’s story was told in an unsympathetic, detached way. Having a twisted sense of sympathy for a murdered child and disgust for her post-mortem crimes really wrenched viewer’s guts the first time.
My advice to movie-goers is this: stick with The Ring, and don’t taint it’s memory with this unsatisfying sequel. The Ring Two is a waste of your time. As much as you think you want more of Rachel and Aidan’s horrific ordeal, you really have better things to do. Really.
The Ring Two(2005) 2.5/5 Stars.