The Huntsman: Winter’s War tells the story of two evil sisters preparing to conquer the land when two renegades – Eric the Huntsman – who previously aided Snow White in defeating Ravenna, and his forbidden lover, Sara set out to stop them.
I went into a press screening of this film knowing that no matter how hard the previous film tried to create a new dark and gritty world that has become so popular of late, it ultimately failed as a whole despite its strong performances from both Chris Hemsworth and Charlize Theron. I desperately wanted to like it but it failed to really hold my attention.
This second instalment is a definite lift in its game, especially without the addition of Kristen Stewart, who made a good attempt at the titular character but as an actress is weak overall. With a throng of strong comedically sarcastic performances from Hemsworth’s huntsman Eric, Jessica Chastain’s Sara, and Nick Frost’s Nion that proved to be the most entertaining part of the film in a predictable story filled with gorgeous costume design, especially for the rival sisters’ gowns.
Although there’s nothing new to this film, it’s thoroughly entertaining despite it’s cliches and something to see if you want something to watch that doesn’t require a lot of thinking.