Darling 2 largely ambles on in the first half with very few moments which entertain the audience. There are far too many dialogues bombarding our ears, when the visuals and actor's reactions should have ideally communicated what the scene is about. Arjunan, 'Madras' Johny (as a stammering young man) and Kaali Venkat are supposed to keep the audience in good spirits. Of the three, it is Kaali who generates some laughs with his comedy timing and reactions. Darling 2 could have offered more value to the viewer, had it been more fun. The scares aren't there either!
Newcomer Rameez has the looks and he plays dual roles. His voice sounds like Gautham Menon, and he needs to open up and work on his expressions more. Kalaiarasan gets the meaty part among all the actors and he acquits himself fairly well. He enacts the part of an over-smart friend whose actions inadvertently cause grave consequences. Munishkanth is slotted as a comedian again but the outcome isn't extra-ordinary. Maya looks cute but she doesn't score much while emoting.
The fear factor is primarily conveyed through the loud sound effects and the music score of Radhan. And like in the Kanchana movies, a hoarse, jarring voice is used for the ghost. Among the songs, the melodious 'Ni Sa Ga Ri Sa' stands out as the best. As the film is set in Valparai, we are presented some scenic, eye-pleasing locales. Given the horror space of the film, there is a lot of scope for moody lighting and dimly lit scenes. It is a fair enough job done by DoP Vijay Kartik Kannan. One CG sequence involving a wild elephant could have been dispensed with.
Alas, Darling 2 isn't a must watch film by any means and fans of the horror comedy genre would be a disappointed lot. But the final stretch of the film is pretty interesting and the film ends with the scope for one more part.