Hello again, lovely readers!
I’m back with another review. I was lucky enough to see The Huntsman: Winter’s War earlier this week and I must say, I was unfortunately disappointed. Based on my previous reviews, I’m sure it’s not difficult for you to see that I am a huge advocate of Disney classics turning into these powerhouse live-action films. BUT The Huntsman: Winter’s War really taught me that these films are only enjoyable if they are done near perfectly. I know those are huge expectations but I personally feel that producers and directors of these films have so much to go off of with the original stories/novels and classic cartoons, that they should be hard to screw up.
For this film in particular, I must say thank goodness for Emily Blunt. Her portrayal as the Ice Queen was beautiful and strong. She played her stone cold character authentically and her few emotional moments had a lot of impact on the film as a whole. And a big shout out to the costume design team in charge of the film- Emily Blunt’s gowns as the Ice Queen/Freya were so ornate and detailed, it made her even more interesting to watch.
Charlize Theron’s acting was on the complete opposite end of the spectrum from how I feel about Emily Blunt. I think part of the issue I had with her character was that the script seemed to have a weak place for her from the get-go. Sure, she was somewhat necessary to the plot of the film but I also believe that she could’ve been written out almost entirely and the result would’ve been the same if not better.
Jessica Chastain and Chris Hemsworth were okay individually but their chemistry as a couple was horrible. They seemed so forced and Hemsworth looked generally disinterested in Chastain’s character, Sara. Of the two of them though, Chastain seemed to try to appear in love with Hemsworth so I will give a small amount of credit where it’s due.
Overall, I’d say this is a “skip it, or wait until it’s out on DVD” kind of film. If you were particularly looking forward to seeing this film because you loved Snow White and the Huntsman then go ahead and see it but I recommend going into it with little to no expectations.
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