Chris Hemsworth reprises his role as The Huntsman in the prequel/sequel to Snow White and The Huntsman. This movie removes Kristen Stewart’s Snow White from the picture and pretty much serves as an origin story about The Huntsman and how he came to be the daunting hero that he was in the first film.
The film opens up with a young or at least we think she is Queen Ravenna (Charlize Theron) who we learned from the first film has a strong lust for power. She uses her beauty and her powerful magic to seduce kings and woos them eventually killing them,taking over their kingdoms. We eventually meet her sister Freya (Emily Blunt) whom at the moment is in love with a man who belongs to another woman. Her powers have yet to be discovered leading the young princess to doubt her ever discovering her magical abilities. Theron who seems to always shine as the devious Ravenna warns her sister about becoming to attached to the man she is expecting a child with but Freya isn’t trying to hear it.
A terrible act committed by the man she thought she loved causes Freya to lose it and she unleashes her chilling (literally) powers out onto the world. With her newly discovered magical gifts Freya sets out to build her own Kingdom that in true fairy-tale fashion is a love free zone and only fit for the cold-hearted (*coughs* sounds like a certain Disney animated film) and raise her own powerful army of soulless men and women to protect it and help conquer other Kingdoms. Freya’s plan to help raise such an army is to build it using the kidnapped children of her so called enemies. She raises them to hate anything doing to love and detached themselves they ever cared about except her of course. The children eventually grow and become her Huntsmen who are pretty damn good at doing what they do best and that’s fight for their Queen or adopted mother.
Freya has a pretty good formula going on but as we know in all fairy-tale’s LOVE CONQUERS ALL eventually. Her two best Eric and Sara (Jessica Chastain) who were both kidnapped by Freya at the same time take a liking to each other and secretly fall in love.
Of course when dealing with a powerful ice magic wielding Queen nothing stays secret for long.
Freya banishes Eric for the committing the crime of falling in love in her kingdom,which now leads us to the story where he wandered into war between Snow White and Freya’s evil sister Ravenna. Ravenna is thought to be dead is an after thought at the moment but her powerful mirror is still being sought after Freya.
Eric and bunch of very hilarious dwarves set on an adventure to prevent Freya from getting her hands on the mirror. Eric is eventually reunited with his lost love Sara whom he thought was dead thank’s to Freya’s magic.
Taking cues from Lord of The Rings the very unlikely crew sets out to destroy the all-powerful and all-knowing mirror but have no clue that Ravenna is still alive inside the mirror.
The Huntsman: Winter’s War story picks up very slow but when it does is enjoyable at times .You will find yourself chuckling at the hilarious back and forth banter between the Dwarves and Eric when it takes place.
Where the movie really wins is it’s amazing special effects and of course the costume design by Colleen Atwood. Our favorites hands down are Ravenna and Freya’s gowns they were simply amazing to look at when they were on-screen.
The Huntsman: Winter’s War is much better movie than it’s predecessor but that isn’t really saying too much. BUT that doesn’t mean it’s a waste of time either so fellas if your lady is into fairy-tale’s and love and all that stuff this movie is a perfect date film. We were just really extremely glad Kristen Stewart always confused looking self wasn’t in this film.
2 out of 4
The Huntsman: WInter’s War is theaters April 22nd!