The Huntsman: Winter’s War

the huntsmanDuring an interview Emily Blunt said this was a prequel that leads into a sequel of the first Snow White and the Huntsman film. If that leaves you scratching your head then I’m here to tell you this is just the beginning. What I mean by that comment is that you will be wondering what director Cedric Nicholas-Troyan on his first film behind the camera was trying to accomplish.

 

Though it is called The Huntsman it really is a film dominated by women. And a lot of over-the-top women. Chris Hemsworth and his character really take a backseat in this one. It is Charlize Theron and Emily Blunt who spend most of the film chewing all the scenery they can get their icy British accents into. The odd good moments in the film come courtesy of these two ladies. There was a great 80s hair band called Twisted Sister and that would be an apt title for Ravenna (played by Charlize Theron) and the icy Freya (played by Emily Blunt). These two bring a double dose of cray cray to the picture.

 

I don’t see how through the developing, writing and filming of The Huntsman that they did not realize that they would be forever compared to the Disney film Frozen. The storylines are so similar that it is obvious. One sister tricks/betrays/hurts the other and the wounded one retreats to her castle made of ice. I mean come on!

 

Freya wants revenge against her sister for her unforgiveable act (committed for the very unfeminist reason of vanity) and begins to build an army. This is where the Huntsman (played by Chris Hemsworth) comes in. The Huntsman or Eric (as he was known as a child) has trained for combat since he was young. He is equaled in skill by a woman named Sara (played by Jessica Chastain), who he is also in love with.

 

This is where the film switches gears from prequel to sequel and we have all (lost the will to live) given up trying to figure things out. It is also where Theron and Blunt are totally let loose to wreak havoc upon each other and the screen. Campy might be an understatement. Especially when it comes to the incredible Colleen Atwood costumes and the visually stunning camerawork and special effects. The director has totally lost control and the film careens off in different directions.

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