Ok, so a certain movie came out a few years ago that caused all kinds of on-set controversy. Did you See it? Yes? No? Well, I didn’t. I totally missed out on Snow White and the Huntsman. So, when I had the opportunity to see The Huntsman: Winter’s War, I was worried: Do I need to know about the previous movie? If you haven’t seen the previous movie, don’t fret: this is largely a prequel and they feed you all of the pertinent information you need to know from Snow White and the Huntsman.
This movie has a stellar cast: Chris Hemsworth is Eric (the titular Huntsman), Jessica Chastain is Sara, his love interest and betrothed, Emily Blunt plays Queen Freya, sister to Charlize Theron’s returning character Ravenna. Freya is a ruthless queen with the powers of ice and snow and she uses that to rule all lands with an iron, icy fist, denying all aspects of love and affection since her only child was murdered years before. Now, as children, Eric and Sara are forcefully raised as part of Freya’s army to take over every kingdom. They grow up and fall in love, but they have to keep it a secret, lest Freya kill them both. That’s as much of the plot as you’re getting. There are a number of nuances and extra layers that I really enjoyed with the characters and the setup.
The production value put into this movie was incredible which makes absolute sense since the director, Cedric Nicolas-Troyan was the visual effects supervisor to Snow White and the Huntsman. This movie was his directorial debut, but his visual effects credits are solid, including The Ring, and the first two Pirates of the Caribbean movies. It is currently announced that he will be at the helm of a new Highlander movie, so if this movie is any indicator, hope is good from this end that it will be quite the storytelling spectacle.
The acting was pretty decent from most of the cast. I particularly enjoyed Nick Frost’s returning character of Nion and him cleverly playing off of Rob Brydon, playing Gryff. One of the showstealing performances for me was Charlize Theron. She seems to put her all into every role she takes and this was no different. She was a cold, manipulative, incredible threat as Ravenna and if there was anything to truly make me want to see Snow White and the Huntsman, it would be to watch her performance.
I highly recommend seeing this movie for the costumes, stunts, and production design if nothing else. The story kept me engaged and any pacing issues were few and far between.
Go check it out if you have the chance.
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