Posted Apr 05 2016
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The Huntsman Winter's War -This Prequel-Sequel Movie Wouldn't Know Rocks If It Tripped Over It. And It Trips A Lot...

Dir: Cedric Nicolas-Troyen

Starring Chris Hemsworth, Charlize Theron, Jessica Chastain, Emily Blunt, Nick Frost, Rob Brydon, Sheridan Smith, Alexandra Roach

There’s an awful lot of talent on display in this follow up to a film that once featured Snow White. Sadly, none of it is displayed by the screenwriters and the rest is just pretty much wasted.

We’re in prequel-sequel territory here, so Hemsworth’s Eric the huntsman is played initially by a child, and Theron’s evil mirror obsessed Ravenna is all but marginalised by her hitherto unknown sister Blunt. Strange that they should make the move of getting rid of Kristen Stewart and then adding an ice queen to the mix. And then openly plundering the plot of Frozen (yes, we know Hans Christian Anderson was there first - don’t Disney have lawyers for stuff like this?)  all of which is spurred on by a relentless narrator providing what can only be labelled “a tonnage of Basil Exposition.” (This is now an official measurement – look it up!)

Anyway, Ice Queen bans love, Eric grows up, fall in love with Katniss, sorry Chastain’s character, they run off to an enchanted forest, meet some dwarves. And here’s the twist – He-dwarves don’t like She-dwarves. And vice versa.

Oh, the excitement! Boy, how we laughed!

Chuck in a CG Orc fight (OK, they call it a goblin) and some quest for the famed mirror – which someone should point out at some point isn’t actually a mirror but a large copper dish – and that’s about it. By the time the Queen on Queen action arrives it’s duller then Batman V Superman.

Made with a profound lack of feeling or flair for anything that could be even remotely termed “imagination,” this is a genuinely uninspired cynical follow up to a not very good original. Please everyone involved, go to back to better films because there is nothing of note here.

 

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