Friday, April 22, 2016
The Huntsman: Winter's War is passable but entirely forgettable popcorn entertainment.
Review by Matt CummingsOne of the pleasant surprises of 2012 was Snow White and The Huntsman, a deftly managed fantasy flick with perhaps the most polarizing female in film (Kristen Stewart) alongside a very capable cohort in Chris Hemsworth. It went on to amass over $360m worldwide and made me not want to vomit at seeing Stewart. Fast forward to 2016 and a follow-up is ready for instant franchise establishment. But while The Huntsman: Winter's War is nicely shot, it's only passable popcorn entertainment, entirely forgettable, and even blandly predictable. Long before the adventures of Snow White (Stewart), there was the evil queen Ravenna (Charlize Theron) and her tender sister Freya (Emily Blunt), who herself has magic powers that have yet to emerge. But when her child is murdered by her deadbeat father, Freya (and her heart) apparently turn into The Ice Queen. As Ravenna continues to practice the fine art of Black Widow on unsuspecting kings, Freya sets up a kingdom for herself, using kidnapped children as soldiers. Two of them - Eric (Hemsworth) and Sara (Jessica Chastain) - become her finest but whose love is illegal in Freya's kingdom. When she discovers their secret, Freya orders Sara's death, touching off Eric’s dark journey which is covered in the first film. As the years pass, Eric is visited by William (Sam Claflin), who is worried that the influence of Ravenna’s golden mirror has turned White insane. When it disappears en route to its destruction, Eric is sent to find it with an odd assortment of dwarfs including Nion (Nick Frost) and his brother Gryff (Rob Brydon). As the team makes it way to the mirror' location, Eric learns of a diabolical cover-up that will shake his world to its foundation, while Freya moves to secure the mirror and its unlimited power. Facebook. On Twitter, follow us at @SandwichJohnFilms, and follow author Matt Cummings at @mfc90125.