The Huntsman: Winter’s War

The-Huntsman-Winters-War-Billboard-ArtBetrayed by her evil sister Ravenna (Charlize Theron), heartbroken Freya (Emily Blunt) retreats to a northern kingdom to raise an army of huntsmen as her protectors. Gifted with the ability to freeze her enemies in ice, Freya teaches her young soldiers to never fall in love. When Eric (Chris Hemsworth) and fellow warrior Sara defy this rule, the angry queen does whatever she can to stop them. As war between the siblings escalates, Eric and Sara unite with Freya to end Ravenna’s wicked reign.

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Ahhh…another day, another misleading film synopsis. We’re not going to dwell on that though. Those are written to get butts into seats and since my butt recently sat in a seat to see this film, it worked, so kudos to the writer!

Let’s break this down the way I used to break down reviews…The Good, The Bad, The Summary style…

The Good:

Another stellar cast that had the depth to pull off the characters that they were meant to portray. If you read my review for Snow White and the Huntsman, you’ll know that I felt at least one of the cast didn’t have this ability. It turns out that I was needlessly concerned when it came to this prequel/sequel. The entire cast sank their teeth into their roles and didn’t let go until the closing credits. The film is visually stunning. I honestly couldn’t get enough not only watching it, but catching the tiny details (heart shaped tree framing a certain pair of dwarfs for example) that really show how much pride went into creating this film.

The Bad:

There was at least one character that I mistook for the captain of the guard. It turns out (according to Wikipedia) that he was Snow White’s husband. It really doesn’t matter so far as the story goes, but it’s just one of those detaily things that bother me. Also, for me, there was also a continuity error moving from the first film to this one.   …now, if you haven’t seen either of these films, scroll realllllly fast because this is a spoiler and you’ve been warned ….

In Snow White & The Huntsman, it’s said that Ravenna gets her powers from a spell cast upon her by her mother.  In this movie, it’s said that the women in their family always have powers and it’s suggested the Ravenna gets hers from the mirror. Really, it could all go hand in hand and work, but while I was watching the movie, it just stuck with me that it didn’t feel right. Also, Freya and Ravenna’s brother is never mentioned in the second film where in the first film it’s stated that he never leaves his sister’s side. Just tiny details, but they bothered me.

One other thing or two… the pacing seemed a bit slow, but the two hours flew past. I think it was caused by the climax coming so incredibly late into the film. There was a heck of a lot of build up leading up to it.

The Summary:

All in all a very good film, well worth the time and money spent in the theatre. If you haven’t seen the first film, it’s not required which is always nice. However, if you have seen it, this one will go very nicely hand in hand with it. Would I go see it again? Not in the theatre, but it will make my dvd collection.

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