Disney’s done it again! After Elsa finally made peace with her sister Anna in 2013’s Frozen, the Ice Queen is back at it again. Fighting her sister and freezing stuff. More drama, more action, more singing…Frozen 2.
Sorry to disappoint, guys. No Frozen 2 for you. The Huntsman: Winter’s war is part prequel and part sequel to the forgettable Snow White and the Huntsman from 2012. Freya lives in the shadow of her queen sister, Ravenna, until tragedy befalls her and she turns into quite the literal Ice Queen. Freya leaves her sister and sets out to create her own army and queendom, one where love is the greatest sin possible. Her two strongest hunters however grow closer and closer to each other, while hoping to avoid the watchful eye of their Queen.
The plot is exactly as thin as it sounds, paper thin. Which is not necessarily a bad thing, as long as the movie understands what it wants to be and acts accordingly. Unfortunately that is not the case with The Huntsman. It tries too hard to be a fantasy epic and rushes to create an immersive world with its own lore. But it’s done in such a half-assed way that you’re never really convinced. The events of the last movie are referenced to a certain degree but fail to bring any actual meaning to the prequel/sequel.
The one-liners are cheesy, the comedy will make you cringe and the romance is flaky at best. It’s a movie that wants to be well-rounded and entertain the broadest audience possible. But its most amusing moments are when it doesn’t try to be all that. The Huntsman: Winter’s War is at its best when it’s a simple, shamelessly generic, adventure movie. Too bad those moments are few and far between.
Chris Hemsworth, as the Huntsman, is exactly like his ‘Thor’ character. Just not as godlike and with less co-star chemistry. Which still kind of works, but never really seems to satisfy. Except if you’re all about the man-candy of course, in that case satisfaction won’t be an issue. —probably not the straightest thing I ever said—
Emily blunt, as Els— I mean Freya, seems a bit uncomfortable in her role as the Ice Queen. Then again; how comfortable can you be when your child was burned alive and you live in an igloo. LEAVE EMILY ALONE! … Right, let’s move on.
Charlize Theron and Jessica Chastain, as Ravenna and Sara, do what they can with what they’re given, which is not a lot. And manage to save some parts of the movie, but not nearly enough. And finally the comic-relief Dwarves are every bit as stupid as you’d expect. However I would be lying if I said I didn’t have a small grin at some point.
Despite mostly ranting about it, I did have fun watching this. The Huntsman: Winter’s War is an unscrupulous money sink that gets carried by a cast of accomplished actors. This movie is more likely to win a Razzie than an Oscar, but it does have its redeeming moments and it’s entertaining enough to fill up your Sunday evening.
I would say my relationship status with The Huntsman: Winter’s War is like a:
Drunk one-night stand
Not exactly something to brag about. But hey, doesn’t matter had intercourse. You had some fun with it, probably won’t happen again though.
When to watch?
When you feel like setting your sibling(s) on fire
Director: Cedric Nicolas-Troyan
Stars: Chris Hemsworth, Jessica Chastain, Emily Blunt, Charlize Theron
Duration: 114 minutes