The Huntsman: Winter’s War

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.

the huntsman winter's war movie poster

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.

the huntsman queens

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.

the huntsman and dwarfs

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?

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Photos courtesy of Universal Pictures.
  • Lindsay Katherine

    I appreciate your honest review. I don’t have the chance to get out to the movies or even sit down and watch a movie at home very often, so when I do, I don’t like wasting my time on just “meh” movies !!

  • Georgiana Daniels

    Definitely appreciate the honesty! I do know my kids will want to see it in theaters, but I’m content to wait. We did enjoy the first one.

  • I will probably be waiting until it hits Netflix. I saw the first one and also don’t remember much about it but thought it was just okay.

  • I honestly didn’t watch the Huntsman but the previews for this have looked really interesting!

  • Although this isn’t the type of show is watch, it does seem pretty interesting.

  • Charlize Theron is so beautiful and plays the evil queen perfectly! I was really looking forward too seeing this one, but it sounds like I’ll be waiting until it comes out on video! Thanks for the review!

  • Cori

    I think the first one is on Netflix. I completely forgot Chris Helmsworth was in these. He’s such a hottie!

  • I watched the Huntsman and thought that it was a decent movie. I’ve been wanting to see this but with your review I might just wait till it comes to redbox. I like both Charlize and Emily. I think they would play the roles well. It does sound something kind of like Frozen.

  • i remember not hating the first one, but i’ll definitely wait for the dvd for this one. i love emily blunt and charlize :)

  • Good to know, I’ve been interested in it just because the promotions for it have been everywhere! I’ll wait on it. Have you seen the new Jungle Book?

  • Heather Gullett Denniston

    Looking forward to checking this out! I simply love him. End of story.

  • Good to know! I must confess I never watched the first one because it just didn’t look like it was that good but I’ll prob wait till this is out on redbox and watch them both. I’m actually more interested in seeing the Jungle Book, it looks so good!

  • I’m wayyy more interested in this one than I ever was in the first one. I never even bothered to see it but this one has me curious. I’m sure I’ll wait til I can see it at home but I am curious about it.

  • Your review sounds great. I have been having second thoughts on watching this movie because I didn’t really like the first movie that much. It was just so different from the story of Snow White that I know of. Well, I’m classical. But maybe I’ll give this one a shot. It seems very interesting.

  • Adding this one to my list! You always have the best reviews.

    ​xx katie // a touch of teal