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Wednesday, April 10, 2024

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Eddie Gustafsson

'Winnie The Pooh: Blood and Honey: 2' | Review

“An improvement on every level.”

As if I did not have my hands full, here comes “Winnie the Pooh” (and his friends) a la killer machine. The heartfelt story about a wise bear gone killer machine have now gotten the sequel treatment, with a splash of blood of course. We have seen ‘WINNIE THE POOH: BLOOD AND HONEY: 2’ and below you find our reviewers thoughts.

Image courtesy of Jagged Edge Productions.

To begin with… this film is quite entertaining. Most people might have expected another ‘B-horror flick’, but that is not what this film is. Surely, it crosses the line towards B-movie occasionally. But for most of the time it is quite A-movie. There is absolutely an improvement on every level compared to the first film. As you might know, ‘WINNIE THE POOH: BLOOD AND HONEY’ was not the movie of the year in 2023

But now 2024 is here, and with it a new chance. ‘WINNIE THE POOH: BLOOD AND HONEY: 2’ surely grabs that chance. I was positively surprised in the theater. The film is quite good, or at least acceptably ‘okay’. The story has gotten a much needed improvement from the first film. The film now includes things like direction, twists, and a fun plot. (even with some backstory) It is happily accepted for a film to have some sort of direction, which it now does!

Image courtesy of Jagged Edge Productions.

Themes surrounding acceptance, grief, and guilt is present. These are things that all add to the story and overall quality of the picture, forming it, shaping it to become one entertaining horror-flick. It all started with the pretty solidly formed opening act, it was quite chill inducing, with some gory kills and great practical effects. Not the best I have seen, but still entertaining on a cinematic level.

As to not stop, ‘WINNIE THE POOH: BLOOD AND HONEY: 2’ also have updated visuals, which is amazing to see. The costumes are now more expressive and frightening. The practical effects are more realistic, and while the VFX still looks bad at times, it has at least gotten a small improvement. It gets the point across at least.

“Much better than the 1st film.”

Another way this film gets the point across, a point in which means that the film wants to be taken seriously, is with a great performance from Christopher Robin (Scott Chambers). I can feel that he put a lot of work into the character. A great deal of emotion was sent out from the acting by Scott Chambers, the performance felt authentic. Not to say that other actors/actresses like Tallulah Evans (Lexy) or Marcus Massey (Owl) did not do a great job. The addition of ‘OWL’ in this film was interesting. He was together with Scott Chambers one of the films highlights when it comes to performances. I like the design of the ‘OWL’ character quite well, not perfect by any means, but somewhat scary at least. The design of ‘TIGER’ was not too interesting if you ask me.

Image courtesy of Jagged Edge Productions.

The performances in the first film on the other hand were not too good… They seemed to have leaved a scar even still visible in this film, but for the big roles, the performances were much more acceptable this time around. Also worth mentioning is that the film featured some editing flaws, noting mayor just some ‘too quick cuts’, and fast pacing at times. Overall, I would say that the pacing of the film was quite good.

The sets of ‘WINNIE THE POOH: BLOOD AND HONEY: 2’ were also improved upon, the film now felt more comprehensive, and less isolated compared to the first one. The sets & environments were nothing special, but they worked for the story they were trying to tell, some cool props were also featured. But this is a slasher film, and what would a slasher film be without some gory kills. To be honest, the film included some gut-wrenching slasher effects, and while not award winning, the kills looked quite disgusting on screen. (As they should for a movie like this)

Image courtesy of Jagged Edge Productions.

Additionally, I need to mention the ‘hand-drawn monologues’ of the film. I cannot for sure say that they were hand-drawn, but they at least looked like it. Moreover, they offered an interesting, and quite visually pleasing way of incorporating some back-lore into the film. I always love when some 2D graphics makes an appearance in an otherwise live-action or 3D computed film. These ‘monologues’ were also a highlight of the film if you ask me.

“2D monologues worthy of the ‘Hundred Acre Wood’…”

‘WINNIE THE POOH: BLOOD AND HONEY: 2’ is not afraid to get straight into the action. With an opening sequence that is quite good, and some slasher kills that are quite gory. The film surprises for the better rather than the worse. While some aspects of the film do not work for me personally, like the animal/human creature blend, as well as some of the editing. ‘WINNIE THE POOH: BLOOD AND HONEY: 2’ still exceeds expectation levels, ends up being an entertaining horror ride and improved character performances are one to thank for that, partially.

Image courtesy of Jagged Edge Productions.

Now, for those of you who are looking forward to more ‘childhood ruining nightmares’, I can happily confirm to you that ‘WINNIE THE POOH: BLOOD AND HONEY: 3’ is officially in the works. It is unclear whether this film will go into production before (or after) ‘POOHNIVERSE: MONSTERS ASSEMBLE’. Now say what? Yes, a brand-new ‘monster team-up film’ is also in the works from Jagged Edge Productions. Marvel’s MCU should really be getting scared by now... (There are some cool artworks teasing this film in the credits, so be sure to not leave the theater to early.) The third film in the series will nonetheless have a higher budget and perhaps reach even higher on our rating scale. For now, we will be giving ‘WINNIE THE POOH: BLOOD AND HONEY: 2’ directed by Rhys Frake-Waterfield a rating of:

RATING: 3 / 5

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