Avenging Angel Reviews
That said, it's not a bad way to spend an hour and a half, even if it is populated with some silly characters that may drift more toward caricature than anything else. Long story short, the reformed prostitute Molly returns to the streets to find out who killed the cop who got her out of the game, accompanied by a cast of oddballs from her former life.
Fun stuff, give it a peep.
Angel, now graduating law school, has cleaned herself up and living the good life. When she gets news that the cop that got her off the streets is murdered, she sluts up again to beat the streets with the aid of her quirky friends to take down the criminal operation that killed him.
Director Robert Vincent O'Neill decides, unwisely in my opinion, to make this sequel even sillier and campier than the first film. He takes the sense of realism and drop kicks it to outer space as the humor and misfit characters are even more cartoonish than they were in the first film. These eccentric characters (Rory Calhoun, Susan Tyrrell and Steven M. Porter) instead of being loveable, tend to grad the nerves and grow tiresome very quickly. Bettsy Russell also seems uncomfortable in the role of "Angel" and never making the character her own or as empathetic as Donna Wilkes portrayal.
O'Neill also adds some 'new friends' into the mix, but these guys are hardly as memorable. First up is a pair of transvestites that the audience barely gets to know and the second is some guy called Johnny Glitter, an annoying shit bag that continuously throws glitter over everyone that is accompanied by a ridiculous wind chime sound effect on the soundtrack. I seriously wanted to reach through my television to strangle his douche bag!
I did enjoy the reprehensible villains who are uber violent in their goal to steal property and the return of the wonderful Hollywood Blvd. locations but I didn't dig O'Neill's overexaggerated approach to the film. The sillier, more cartoonish approach makes the B-level campy charm of the original absent and in its place is annoyance. I still enjoyed it for what it was but typical with sequels I didn't like near as much as the original film. "Avenging Angel" still made enough money to warrant to more sequels.
Now that Molly Stewart's life is at peace at the beginning of the movie, it doesn't immediately begin as a sad and solidary tale, but instead gives a sense that there are other characters in her life and that she is a more important person now that
But the editing decides to fill most of the first 30 minutes with Vaudeville style slapstick music or excessively long repetitive beats which fills up all the sound and degrades the story to a childish level without ever trying to make it good. The soundtrack utterly sucks and doesn't have the kinetic 1980's energy from its predecessor. This proves to be the dowfall of Avenging Angel
And for a film about the character Angel she really doesn't make much of a screen presence and she essentially plays second-fiddle to most of the strange characters on the streets and such which sufficiently lacks entertainment and originality, just like the script and much of the actors.
And barely taking advantage of Betsy Russell, the film only dresses her in skintight clothing which show off her breasts to the audience beneath her shirt.
Avenging Angel didn't have a great predecessor, but it even fails to live up to that or give Betsy Russell a chance.
My Personal Guilty Pleasure Rating: is 3/5
My Mainstream/Professional Rating: 2/5