The Huntsman: Winter’s War

Published on May 2nd, 2016

Grade: C

The Huntsman: Winter’s War hits theaters this weekend. It’s a bit of a Prequel and Sequel to Snow White and the Huntsman, except we don’t have Snow White in the film at all.. and that isn’t exactly a bad thing.

Many who watched Snow White and the Huntsman found The Huntsman to be the true star of the film, as Chris Hemsworth gave a multi dimensional and compelling performance. It was clear what was bringing folks into the theater. Not Kristen Stewart’s Snow White, but Hemsworth’s Huntsman and Theron’s Ravena.

So it’s not hard to see why they brought Chris Hemsworth and Charlize Theron back for The Huntsman: Winter’s War and added two more heavy hitter all stars with Jessica Chastain and Emily Blunt to round out the cast. However as we know all to well, just because you bring in fantastic Oscar Nominated and Winning performers, doesn’t mean your film will include those types of performances if the source material isn’t on par.

And that’s the bad news… the script for the film.. which is about Love, and the power of Love.. and Love conquers all.. and Love will keep us together.. Love Love Love Love.. All you need is Love. Okay you get it. The simplistic dialog in and story could have been and might have been written by a 6 year old.

And while, I like most other women can watch Chris Hemsworth sit there and do a dramatic reading of the phone book.. even his Star Power couldn’t make it a good movie. Sure it’s not awful, it has its fun parts, and plenty of jokes. Many of which are centered around Hemsworth’s Huntsman and his ridiculous good looks and charm. But it’s all kind of predictable.

They took an intriguing, charming, and all around bad ass character (the Huntsman) and dulled him down into a puppy dog who gets by on his charm and luck. Then there are the ladies in the film, first lets talk about Theron who gives about half the effort she gave in her previous performance. It’s just proof she was in this film for the money, and not because she cared about the character.

Chastain and Blunt are new additions, and it was nice to see Chastain get to have a little fun with an action film. We are used to seeing her in serious roles like Zero Dark Thirty. However this role didn’t leave her too much room to stretch her legs. As for Blunt, it’s a cold stiff role, that again the script didn’t treat kindly.

The visuals and camera work on this film are pretty solid, with the exception of the quick cuts during some fight scenes, making the action sequences hard to keep up with at times. They were still exciting and well choreographed, making it fun to watch.

So if you’re looking for a deep dark film, I would stay away. If you don’t mind a flimsy plot with great action, then you’ll probably have a descent time. If you like Chris Hemsworth.. you’ll go see this no matter what I say. It’s not a quality film like Rush.. but it’s fine if your expectations are really really low.


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