The Huntsman: Winter’s War

Starring: Chris Hemsworth, Jessica Chastain, Emily Blunt, Nick Frost, Rob Brydon, Charlize Theron, Sam Claflin
Directed By: Cedric Nicolas-Troyan

Plot: A rather bizarre prequel/sequel to Snow White and the Huntsman, that first adds pretext to Ravenna (Theron) by giving her more backstory, and a sister (Blunt) before shifting gears into the origin of The Huntsman (Hemsworth), then jumping into sequel mode as The Huntsman is summoned to retrieve Ravenna’s mirror.

What Works: When you cast good actors, you tend to get good performances. Jessica Chastain is better than she has any need to be for this film. Blunt turns a shitty villain into a rather good one, just by acting her face off. Even Hemsworth saves the day with his likeability and charm. These actors didn’t just come for a paycheck. They came to play, and I respect them for that. Hell, Hemsworth and Chastain actually even manage to have chemistry amidst all this crap. Good for them.

What Doesn’t Work: The rest of the film. The CGI is AWFUL. The construction of the ice wall looked unfinished, as did the blue flames. The dialogue is terrible. Nick Frost and Rob Brydon’s dwarf duo add nothing to the film. They’re annoying sidekicks. The film is too long for its own good. I honestly was angry at myself for wasting my time on this film. It’s directionless, but I think the script was so bad that I can’t even blame the director completely. Someone should have stopped this film from going into production with this dialogue. The cast makes the best of it, but it’s still bad.

Final Word: Don’t watch. An unnecessary sequel, poorly concieved and poorly executed. If this was free, I wouldn’t watch it again.

Final Grade: D+

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