This film takes a big dump on the Catholic Church, whereas the previous film, 2011’s The Woman, antagonized white cisgender men. Screenwriter and director Pollyanna McIntosh managed to turn a shocking suspense into a cynical drama, in an unnecessary sequel still worth watching, if only for its political message: women are now empowered, and religion is a thing of the past.
The whole nature vs nurture debate is addressed, once more, this time with the child of the previous film’s martyr being reformed by a boarding school. Apparently, cannibalism is a disease and she’s afflicted by it. Darlin' is more a drama than a horror film, as opposed to what the first installment was, and it’s not as disturbing. It’s not subtle either and it’s quite predictable.
Does anyone think that churches are anything but scams nowadays? I thought everyone got the memo. Darlin' sure hammers that nail. This is a fascinating film but it’s a bad sequel. The script is clumsy and preachy. Of course, all these social commentaries need to be addressed until violence and rape cease, but we’re being spoon-fed and taken by the hand, here.