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The Huntsman: Winter’s War Movie Review


In all honesty, I did not see Snow White and The Huntsman (2012), I didn’t even know that The Huntsman: Winter’s War (2016) had anything to do with Snow White and The Huntsman (2012). They both have some of the same characters, such as the evil queen Ravenna, and the Huntsman. It should be noted, you don’t see Snow White in this film, her name is mentioned because they live in her kingdom—but this story is not about her. The story simply surrounds the general realm of the Snow White fairy tale. I believe that allowed so much more originality to the story—originality that big budget films like this lack so much of now days. We of course see Charlize Theron just completely slay (do very well in) her role as Ravenna the evil queen. I mean similar to how Angelina Jolie did Maleficent (2014), we know these are amazing actresses and their roles as evil queens make their fantasy roles even more glamorous.

THWWOn that note, they were both created by the same producers of Maleficent (2014)—Roth Films, which I believe to be a impressive relative for the films to have. That’s not the only thing the films had in common, the three films turned the “Happy Ever After” stories into a focus of darkness in the fairy tales. That being said, I must mention Ravenna’s costume design—it was a Vogue cover gone goth in the most amazing way possible, along with her make up. The film was highly entertaining but the joy you feel every time you see Ravenna due to her outfits it’s worth watching that alone. The role of Ravenna was very unique than any fairy tale villain you have seen.

THWW2The filmmakers turned the character it was originally based on into a Femme Fatal queen of evil. The other character seen again from the first film is Eric, the Huntsman, which is also played by the same actor— Chris Hemsworth. I won’t talk to much about the Huntsman because to be completely honest even though his character is in the title of the film, I could careless for his role. The film just had so many awesome strong female characters that the Huntsman Eric just seem so bland. His character and even his acting was far from original. He even seem out of place in the story because it seem like he was a wrench thrown into the movie. It was as if we literally threw a comic book super hero into a Disney fairy tale. The film had a great Hunts-women, Sara (played by Jessica Chastain) I don’t know why she wasn’t main focus instead. I guess Hollywood is still afraid of taking risk with having a woman’s perspective in a male dominated industry.

THWW3Nonetheless, the film had completely different directors and mostly different writers than its companion piece, Snow White and The Huntsman (2012). Most people had completely forgotten that Snow White and The Huntsman (2012) had even happened. It felt as if that movie was released and then fell into the dark abyss of unimpressive big budget films. So why make a sequel no one asked for? Who cares, go see it!

The Huntsman: Winter’s War
Director:  Cedric Nicolas-Troyan
Studio:  Universal Studios
Genre:  Action, Adventure, Fantasy
MPAA:  PG-13
Release Date:  April 22nd, 2016
Author:  Xoaquin Torres