Today The Huntsman: Winter’s War hits theaters, starring some big names, Chris Hemsworth, Jessica Chastain, Charlize Theron, and Emily Blunt. The film is a sequel to Snow White and the Huntsman, released in 2012.
To be honest I don’t remember much from the first movie (other than the post-film scandal with Kristen Stewart and Rupert Sanders), but at the beginning of the sequel, a quick recap is done to fill us in on an overview of what happened in the first film as a refresher. While the first film focused more on Snow White, this one is all about the Huntsman, and his upbringing in the kingdom of the “Ice Queen,” sister to the “Evil Queen” from the original Snow White.
After being betrayed by her evil sister, Ravenna (Charlize Theron), sweet and kind Freya (Emily Blunt) turns cold and moves away to the north and creates an ice kingdom (ode to Frozen?) where love is banned, and where she raises and commands an army as her protectors/fighters, referring to them as her “children.” Growing up in this kingdom, Eric (Chris Hemsworth) and Sara (Jessica Chastain) end up falling in love, something the ice queen isn’t happy about, to say the least.
If you saw the first film, you might be thinking, well Ravenna is dead, so what’s she doing all over the promo materials for the sequel? Well, she might not entirely be dead. That “mirror mirror on the wall” has some interesting magic. And as we all know, the evil things in movies never truly are gone right away.
As usual, I’ll avoid dropping spoilers, but I will say they did a fantastic job with casting the primary characters (nobody plays the Queen B better than Charlize) and the supporting duo that played dwarfs. I also enjoyed learning more about the backstory in this version of the overall Snow White story, one that we’re not as familiar with.
So should you head to the theater to see it? Eh, I’d recommend waiting until it hits Redbox or Netflix. It had some good parts, but I think overall, it missed the mark.
Are you interested in seeing The Huntsman: Winter’s War? What do you think of the alternate version of the Snow White story?