The Witch Part 2: The Other One – Review

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As a sequel to an article we published last school year, we’re back with another review on the second movie! The Witch Part 2: The Other One is a continuation of the movie The Witch Part 1: The Subversion. The film was released on June 15, 202 as a thriller action, and was directed by Park Hoon-jung. It’s currently the fifth highest-grossing Korean film of 2022. It features famous actors and actresses such as Shin Si-ah, Park Eun-bin, Lee Jong-suk, and others. 

The Witch Part 2 is about a girl who wakes up in a secret laboratory as the only survivor. The girl meets Kyung-hee, who helps protect her from the gang that is after her. Only, when the gang finds her, they become overwhelmed by her unexpected powers, making us wonder, “Who is this mystery girl and why are the gangs after her?” 

We highly recommend you watch the first movie and read our review on it too! 


Jerri’s Commentary 

The Witch Part 2: The Other One focuses on a more international aspect of these laboratory experiments. In my honest opinion, the beginning of the movie is painfully slow (I fell asleep 30 minutes in). The main character is emotionless and overpowered, and most of the other countless characters had no depth, so watching was incredibly disengaging. The different languages felt forced, and the Mandarin pronunciation was… something. The real action happens approximately an hour and a half in, and since it’s night, you can’t really see anything. Everything happens so fast it’s a blur. At times, it felt like I was watching a scene from Twilight because the characters practically flew. Kim Da-mi’s short cameo at the end felt like the only real connection between the two movies. Overall, The Witch Part 2 may be okay as a standalone movie but fails to compare to the first. I personally didn’t like it, but if a third movie were to be released, I would probably watch it anyways. 


Amanda’s Commentary

Unlike the first movie which follows Goo Ja-yoon played by Kim Da-mi, The Witch Part 2 follows a different girl (played by Shin Si-ah) with similar powers as Goo Ja-yoon, only her name remains unknown to the watchers. Part 2 features an almost entirely different cast with a similar concept and story. While I’m not totally against a sequel featuring different cast members, unlike the characters in the first movie, the characters in the sequel lacked in personality; it felt like I was watching background characters, almost. Another interesting factor was that from the first movie, it could be concluded that these laboratories were stationed in Korea, but in the second movie it features those with similar powers from the Shanghai laboratory, alluding to the idea that these powers could possibly be in use worldwide. What I enjoyed about this movie was the interactions of the girl with Kyunghee and her brother as well as Goo Ja-yoon’s feature towards the end of the movie. What I didn’t like about the movie was the slow pacing. Despite it being around a 2 hour long movie, it really felt like more than 2 hours for me. There were scenes in the middle of the movie that I felt were almost unimportant and, honestly, I probably could’ve skipped because they were that irrelevant. Due to the way the story pans out, especially at the end of the movie, there could be a possibility for a Part 3. Overall, the movie was good, but it wasn’t as great as the first movie.