Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Movie Review: The Huntsman: Winter's War

Charlize Theron reprises her role as the sorceress Ravena and Chris Hemsworth returns as the eponymous huntsman in The Huntsman: Winter's War. This Snow White fairy tale sans Snow White who was played by the absent Kristen Stewart is both a prequel and a sequel to the fairytale telling a story that circles around the events of the first movie. I had strayed away from reading particulars of the reviews but I had saw that most of them were pretty bad. The biggest argument I can think was that this movie was unnecessary, but I kind of liked it.

The movie begins with what I believe was Liam Neeson narrating as he relates the story of the Ice Queen, played by one of my favorite actresses Emily Blunt. Blunt is decent as the Ice Queen Freya but this is probably one of her worst performances in a long time. Still, she brings a gravitas to a film that desperately needs it. Freya is scorned in a pretty obviously plot twist and her older sister, the aforementioned Ravena, brings out the ice magic in her. 

Theron must like to play this role because I don't see why an actress like her with so many successful films would bother to return for a sequel unless she was having fun. It does feel like she enjoys the part as she gives it her all to every scene that she's in and steals her scenes from any other performers just as she did in the first one and in other films like Mad Max: Fury Road.

Blunt's Freya raises up an army of children including Chris Hemsworth's Eric and Jessica Chastain with a Scottish accent as Sara. Hemsworth and Chastain have very little chemistry together but both are decent enough actors to pull of the scenes. They don't really have to be in love for long so that doesn't take away from the movie all that much. 

There is comedic relief as the dwarves played by Nick Frost, Rob Brydon, Sheridan Smith, and Alexandra Roach. They crack a few jokes but this movie isn't here for the laughs. The action was entertaining with several cool fights, one I especially like was the battle with the goblins. The end was a bit weak and the overall special effects had some flaws but I looked past it because my expectations were already so low.

I think this movie may be a case of going in expecting a bad movie but already so set in my ways of going to see movies every week that I went anyways and found in more enjoyable than just horrible. Beside, I did not enjoy Snow White and the Huntsman and back then I had high expectations for what I thought was going to be a fun fantasy epic. There is more bad fantasy than good out there unfortunately. The movie makers left it open for a sequel but if it doesn't perform at the box office, I doubt that will happen.  I'll rank this movie in the middle and give it 5 out of 10 stars!

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