By Casey N. Wilson/Western Sun staff writer
“The Huntsman: Winter’s War” was a film that promised gorgeous CGI, a rocky relationship between two queens and a forbidden romance that must be kept a secret. While “The Huntsman” did accomplish off of those things, unfortunately, others fell a bit flat.
Emily Blunt (“The Edge of Tomorrow,” “The Devil Wears Prada”) has been praised for her portrayal of Queen Freya. Blunt has her heart broken by her sister, Ravenna who is reprised by Charlize Theron (“Mad Max: Fury Road,” “Snow White and the Huntsman”) and takes to a northern kingdom where she can wield her power of ice and build her own army.
Chris Hemsworth (“Thor,” “The Avengers”) once again plays the Huntsman whose real name is Eric and Jessica Chastain (“The Martian,” “Crimson Peak”) as Sara are the star-crossed lovers that are part of Blunt’s army of soldiers. The romance wasn’t much of a surprise, especially since the queen strictly forbad falling in love. In entertainment, when characters are told not to sneak romance, they usually do and while Hemsworth and Chastain have their moments together, their relationship didn’t feel necessary to the story.
Sam Claflin (“The Hunger Games,” “Me Before You”) played Prince William, Nick Frost (“The World’s End,” “Snow White and The Huntsman”) was Nion and Colin Morgan (Merlin, Legend) took on the role of the Duke of Blackwood.
Perhaps the most interesting part of the film was the relationship between Blunt and Theron. Blunt, who herself said that her character was extremely similar to Elsa from Disney’s Frozen, was the true shining star of “The Huntsman.”
“There are plenty of things in this movie that don’t click but there are enough that made me want to keep watching. Emily Blunt is outstanding as Queen Freya,” said entertainment website The Vulture in a not-so-gentle review.
This film has been toted as a sequel and a prequel. The Huntsman is the follow-up movie to Snow White and The Huntsman, which came out in 2012, but takes place before Snow White’s story begins.
Was Huntsman my new favorite movie? No. Would I see it again? Probably not. But it was a pleasant way to spend a Sunday morning, if only for Chris Hemsworth.
The director was Cedric Nicolas-Troian and is part of the Huntsman film series.