The Huntsman, Winters War – Movie Review

Overall I think the movie will keep the younger generation entertained but don’t go in expecting too much.

The Huntsman: Winter’s War is the prequel to Snow White and The Huntsman’s which hit our screens in 2012. The film gives us the background to Eric (Chris Hemsworth) and how he became a huntsman, as well as his relationship with Sara (Jessica Chastain) who is also a trained huntsman (woman) and becomes his wife. It also tell us the story of sisters Ravenna and Freya.

Emily Blunt & Jessica Chastain

Emily Blunt & Jessica Chastain

Ravenna (Charlize Theron) we know as the villainess sorceress from the previous movie. Freya (Emily Blunt) her once gentle sister has (she thinks) been spurned by her lover and transforms into what is essentially a bitter Ice Queen.  Both have conquered kingdoms to the north and south and continue to wreak havoc across the land.  Freya kidnaps villagers children and turns them into her personal huntsman army.  It’s here Eric and Sara meet, fall in love and are then torn apart and separated by Freya.

What follows is the much told story of good vs evil as Eric and Sara reunite. With the help of some hilarious dwarfs they battle to banish the evil sisters once and for all. Visually the movie does look impressive. It has a great cast of actors, some very much under used. Emily Blunt, who is usually excellent comes across a bit two dimensional as Freya. We don’t’ get enough of Charlize Theron as Ravenna, who is probably the hottest evil bit*h you have ever seen on screen.  The dwarfs add some very funny adult orientated humour. Overall I think the movie will keep the younger generation entertained but don’t go in expecting too much.


Chris Hemsworth & Jessica Chastain

It’s a fanciful fairy-tale which looks great.  At nearly two hours it probably is a tad bit too long but sure it’s still fairly enjoyable anyway.  I’ll give it 2.5/5.  Check out the trailer below. The Huntsman: Winter’s War is in cinemas now.

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