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The Huntsman: Winter’s War
Snow White and The Huntsman was a dismal movie and the only reasons to watch it more than once are Charlize Theron and Chris Hemsworth. Luckily, they are both in Winter’s War.
Before evil Queen Ravenna (Theron) died at the hands of Snow White, she practiced her wickedness on her husband and her sister, Freya (Emily Blunt). Freya was soft and loving until Ravenna stole her love and now she is the Ice Queen. She steals children from villages and turns them into her Huntsmen by training them to fight and teaching them that love is useless and will only betray you. She is a bummer.
Eric (Hemsworth) and Sara (Jessica Chastain) are two of the Huntsman𠉪nd of course, they fall in love.
There are several ideas in Winter’s War that would have been excellent films. Two evil queens fighting for supremacy with their magical powers. Two Huntsmen fighting for their freedom to live and love together. A Huntsman on a quest with his funny sidekick dwarves. See? Any of those sound great, right? Instead we get a mash up of all three that are never fully realized and ultimately I was let down with the end result.
The action and the CGI was very good and an extremely cool Goblin battle put me on the edge of my seat…um, recliner (love the new seats at Cinema Hollywood). Chastain and Hemsworth were very convincing lovers and they certainly carried their part of the movie well. The showdown between Freya and Ravenna was frustrating not only because it didn’t happen until the final 10 minutes𠉫ut because suddenly Freya was a wimp and ….well, I won’t spoil it for you but it was sad and pitiful.
Yes, three boxes are generous, but I enjoyed much of the movie. I only lament the lack of cohesion in the story and the disappointment in the writers trying to do too many things and failing at all of them. Hemsworth is a terrific Huntsman and I find myself hoping to see more of this character. Maybe with those hilarious dwarves. The Hutnsman: Winter’s War is rated PG-13 for action, violence and some sensuality.
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Emily Blunt is one of my favorites. She was very interesting in this 2014 futuristic (and often chuckle-worthy) film starring Tom Cruise.
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