Review: The Huntsman: Winter’s War

The Huntsman

The Huntsman

Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama
Duration: 114 minutes
Language: English
India Release Date: 22-APR-2016
Pick-D-Flick Rating: 2.5 on 5

This follow-up to Snow White and the Huntsman begins when we see how Ravenna took over Snow White’s kingdom. We learn that she has sister, Freya who is also a sorceress but whose power hasn’t come out yet. She is also attracted to a man which Ravenna thinks is wrong. Freya has his child. But one might the man kills her baby that’s when she’s enraged and her power comes out, she’s an ice witch. She leaves and heads North and establish her own kingdom. She would then gather up children and turn them into warriors. One of them is Eric, the Huntsman. Her rule is no one falls in love. But Eric falls in love with Sara another warrior When Freya learns of this, she orders them killed, but they fight back. She then puts a wall of ice between them. And from Eric’s side he sees Sara killed. He then leaves. 7 years later he is told that Ravenna’s mirror is missing so he sets out to find it. He is joined by two dwarfs.

Overall Review: The Huntsman is Live-Action Fairy Tale directed by Cedric Nicolas-Troyanis. It is Prequel / Sequel to 2012’s Snow White and The Huntsman. The film is kind of clever in a way using the prequel / sequel theme as we see the past that gives us a in-depth back story of the beginning as we learn that ravenna has a sister Freya played brilliantly by the beautiful Emily Blunt who has power’s as well , but due to certain event’s become very cold hearted & evil. As the story unfolds from the past it slowly moves to the future to a point 7 years after Ravenna played by Charlize Theron was defeated by snow white army which we saw in snow white & huntsman. Movie had a great potential to be a blockbuster & could have been a very beautiful, lavish film but Story & Dialogues spoils the overall show. The dialogues did not evoke as much emotion as expected, and comes off flat. Except for casting & CGI Effects, movie has nothing to offer.

Performance & Technical Review: Casting is the key element of the movie. Jessica Chastain’s stunts as Sara are amazing, while Charlize Theron (Ravenna) and Emily Blunt (Freya) manage to capture the essence of their characters and even give us a heart to care for them. Chris Hemsworth (Eric) adds a playful touch to The Huntsman that has never been seen before. The chemistry between the both lead pair seems a little off the hook. Director has done a good job in creating a visually effective movie with beautiful CGI effects. The kingdom looks impressive and massive. Both Emily Blunt and Charlize Theron look beautiful in the costumes and have delivered a stupendous performance.

PDF Verdict: The Huntsman: Winter’s War (adult version of Disney’s Frozen) is a decent Live-Action Fairy Tale Sequel but melts with an underwhelming final battle.

Ratings: 2.5 on 5
Performance: 3.5 on 5
Script: 2 on 5
Screenplay: 3 on 5
CGI: 4 on 5
Music / Background Score: 2 on 5

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