The Huntsman: Winter’s War

Jays Rating:

To my knowledge, this is the first time a movie has served as the prequel and a sequel with the action, comedy, The Huntsman Winters War, which takes place both before and after the dark fairy tale, Snow White and the Huntsman. The story begins with Freya (Emily Blundt) tragically losing a child, receiving some sort of Ice powers, then leaving her sister Ravenna (Charlize Theron) to start her own kingdom in the north. She builds an army of Huntsman by snatching kids from their parents and training them to fight. She also forbids them to fall in love with each other. During this time, two of the young Huntsmen, Eric (Conrad Kahn) and Sara (Niamh Walter) do fall in love and are banished from the kingdom and separated by a wall of enchanted Ice. At this point in the movie, we jump ahead seven years which is the time period of the last movie with Snow White and the magic mirror. Freya is searching for Ravenna’s magic mirror so she can be even more powerful. To keep the mirror out of Freya’s hands, Eric (Chris Hemsworth) who is now older, also begins looking for the mirror with the help of four dwarfs. (The dwarfs aren’t really much help except for comic relief.) Before the end of this long film – at least it felt long – Eric and Sara (Jessica Chastain) find out neither one is dead and they fall back in love and live happily ever after. (I can’t even remember what happened to the mirror.) First, let me get this off my chest. This sequel was unnecessary because the last film covered everything concerning Snow White. According to Karen who was with me and loves this type of film, the sets, costumes, and makeup were as spectacular as the first movie. Unfortunately, I can’t see any of that so I’m stuck with a story that meanders along not knowing if it’s a comedy, a romance, or an action film. The only comedy was coming from the dwarfs which really weren’t that funny. Personally, I think my favorite three blind mice would have brought more laughs in this fairy tale. The action scenes were just thrown in to break up the romance which never materialized. There was really no chemistry between the characters Eric and Sara, who were supposed to provide the romantic element of this movie. I was expecting a lot with this all-star cast and at least they didn’t disappoint me. As a guy, I’m not necessarily fond of this type of film but I’m also sure the women are tired of super hero movies. I’m hoping this is the last film in this series and I’m giving it a C- rating.

This movie has been given a PG13 rating by the MPAA

Although I am blind, I can appreciate a good movie as well as sighted individuals. I rely more on a good story line than special effects.