The Huntsman: Winter’s War
WARNING – Spoilers ahead.
The Huntman: Winter’s War is both a prequel and the sequel to Snow White and the Huntsman. The film has an all-star cast and at times has the potential to be entertaining despite a confusing and downright awful script. It starts with evil queen Ravenna (Charlize Theron) and her magic mirror causing trouble again…This time to her sister Freya (Emily Blunt). In a nutshell, Ravenna has Freya’s newborn baby killed(Unbeknownst to Freya), which in turn releases Freya’s evil power of pretty much freezing everything in sight. (Think frozen but with a vengeful streak).
Freya is so heartbroken and angry, she decides to run off and start her own empire by stealing kids and training them for her army and enforcing a “no love” policy in her kingdom. Eric the Huntsman (Chris Helmsworth) and warrior Sara (Jessica Chastain) grow up together and fall in love. Since love is forbidden, the queen soon forces them apart and the story manifests itself from there. I actually quite enjoyed the chemistry and humor between Helmsworth and Chastain, just not their pretty bad Scottish accents.
The rest of the plot is pretty much that Eric and Sara set off to find the magic mirror and take it to a secure place where no more harm can come from it. This is where the movie gets ridiculous as I found myself asking, “why did they just not break the mirror when they found it?” I guess we have to wait till the end of the movie before logic wins out? The action sequences are not horrible and the dwarfs that we get introduced to provide some much needed humor. Besides that, there is not much more to like here.
My favorite thing about this movie is actually not the movie itself. Instead, it’s the stunning photos of the cast that are shown in the posters and marketing. Such brilliant work and the actors looked amazing. Too bad we had to actually watch the film.
5 out of 10.