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The Huntsman: Winter’s War (2016)

Review by CJ

The Huntsman Winter's War

Director:
Cedric Nicolas-Troyan

Starring: 
Chris Hemsworth, Jessica Chastain, Emily Blunt, Charlize Theron

Other notable appearances:
Nick Frost, Alexandra Roach, Sheridan Smith, Rob Brydon, Liam Neeson

Running time:
114 minutes

Watch this if you liked:
Maleficent, Oz The Great and Powerful

 

When Freya’s (Blunt) daughter is killed, it unleashes a power within her that allows her to begin her own frost kingdom separate to her sister Ravenna’s (Theron). Freya raises an army of loyal huntsmen including Eric (Hemsworth) and Sara (Chastain) to overpower and claim neighbouring kingdoms.

Eric and Sara rebel and plan an escape from the frost queen but are caught. They are both to be killed but Eric survives thanks to bumbling henchmen. When Freya’s plans threaten to take over Eric’s new home, he must fight to keep and regain what was his.

The Huntsman: Winter’s War is an interesting story set in the fairytale world of Snow White. Though the trailers I had seen all implied the film is a prequel to Snow White and the Huntsman, only about 20 minutes of The Huntsman: Winter’s War is prequel. The rest of the film is set after the events in Snow White and the Huntsman.

Despite the expectations given by the trailer not reflecting the setting of the film, I enjoyed The Huntsman: Winter’s War far more than I did its predecessor. It’s good fantasy action film with an intriguing plot, some great twists and laugh out loud moments.

The cast all do a good job of their respective roles. Theron is cool and cruel in her reprisal of Ravenna. Blunt is beautiful yet broken as the icy Freya. Hemsworth and Chastain both kick massive bad guy booty. Though Hemsworth and Chastain did both have momentary lapses in their Scottish accents which could be a bit distracting, their overall performances were more than enough to make up for it.

You don’t necessarily need to see Snow White and the Huntsman to enjoy The Huntsman: Winter’s War but — as with most prequels/sequels — it does help in terms of understanding the characters, their development and certain parts of the plot.

With a good plot, timely humour and a couple of twists, I would recommend The Huntsman: Winter’s War for fans of action/fantasy films.

Rating:
4 Stars

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