In 2012 ‘Snow White and the Huntsman’, based on the Brothers Grimm fairy tale, was released amidst a myriad of behind the scenes dramas. That didn’t stop it from becoming a moderate success. Miniscule monetary returns never stops Hollywood from pumping out franchises as ‘The Huntsman: Winter’s War’ attests. With a more involving story and better actors, the re-tread is justified. Although as disposable memory-wise as its predecessor, it at least makes an effort in crafting something new out of an oft-told story.
After her sister, the wicked Queen Ravenna (Charlize Theron), is killed, the equally despicable Ice Queen Freya (Emily Blunt) resurrects her from the great beyond. Teaming to take revenge on those who have betrayed them, the sisters’ vileness knows no bounds. Only rebel Huntsmen, including Eric (Chris Hemsworth) and his wife Sara (Jessica Chastain) can confront the sister’s power and finally rid their land of their unbound wickedness.
It’s ironic ‘The Huntsman: Winter’s War’ is named after the male lead as it is a very female driven film. Through no fault of his own, Hemsworth becomes a second player to the antics of Theron and Blunt. Both have a grand time playing dastardly villains hell-bent on revenge. Their performances add to the fun of an occasionally slow-moving film. Hemsworth does his best against these ladies as does Chastain who provides plenty of tough energy.
The simple story allows the action and acting to surface. You are able to follow the character’s mission and invest in their emotions. ‘The Huntsman: Winter’s War’ isn’t a heavy movie by any means and has a good mix of humour and drama perfectly blended. It succeeds in having that elusive ‘magical quality’ such works have with a fairy tale-like enchantment easily achieved. The CGI is spectacular without overshadowing events producing a high quality production.
‘The Huntsman: Winter’s War’ is an entertaining sequel bettering its predecessor. That’s a rare but welcome occurrence with the fun factor upped a few notches. Those wanting an enjoyable experience should look no further beyond this film’s fantastical kingdom.
Movie Review Rating out of 10: 7
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