The Huntsman: Winter’s War attempts to fix the problems of Snow White and the Huntsman by dropping Kristen Stewart as Snow White and focusing on Chris Hemsworth’s The Huntsman before and after the events of the last film. This allows one of the highlights from the first film Charlize Theron’s Evil Queen Ravenna to return into the fold and create new additions in the form of Emily Blunt as Ravenna’s Ice Queen sister Freya and red-haired lady archer Sara played by Jessica Chastain.
Just like its predecessor Snow White and the Huntsman, the follow-up that is both prequel and sequel The Huntsman: Winter’s War is a visually stunning film. The sparkly and feathered costumes of our sister queens and the ice crystal sets they inhabit are beautiful on the big screen. The hand to hand combat scenes are well done again with Hemsworth basically playing Thor with an Axe smashing goblins and warriors all over Snow White’s kingdom after he sent on a special mission to recover a great source of power that cannot fall into evil’s hand.
The look of The Huntsman: Winter’s War is the one positive in the film, but just like the last go around the series creators decided to forgo writing a quality story in favor of a silly plot and even dumber dialogue from our players involved. As stated earlier, Hemsworth can’t seem to shake the Thor persona in other action films and it happens again in The Huntsman. Theron is back, but unfortunately this shows that death carries no emotional weight in this franchise since everyone comes back from the dead. The laziest move in the creativity department is Chastain’s lady warrior and Blunt’s snow sorcerer who are obviously cheap knock offs of Elsa from Frozen and Merida from Brave.
The dialogue and the plot is almost laughable at times in The Huntsman: Winter’s War. The film is a B-Movie adaptation of a classic that’s all spectacle and zero charm. At times during the film you feel bad for Chastain, Blunt and Theron because you know they deserve better than this. The Huntsman: Winter’s War is definitely better than Snow White and the Huntsman, but that’s not saying much.
Overall, I give Snow White and the Huntsman 1.5 out of 4 stars.
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