By Allison Skornick-Rose

Apr 21, 2016 01:32 PM EST

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The Huntsman: Winter's War Theatrical Review

The real problem with Huntsman: Winter’s War is the plot.  It’s boring and unnecessary.  I think the filmmakers are banking on the hype created by the previous off-camera scandal to put bodies in the theater.

The Huntsman: Winter's War Theatrical Review
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Quick question… if The Huntsman: Winter's War was never made, would we really be missing anything?  The short answer is probably not.  While there were some good things about the film, there were far more negatives than positives, starting with the question "why?"

The prequel/sequel gives us the back-story of who the huntsman, Eric (Chris Hemsworth; Thor), is and how he became the dark, brooding, skilled warrior he is today.  The beginning of the movie shows Ravenna (Charlize Theron; Mad Max: Fury Road) awakening her sister's, Freya (Emily Blunt; Sicario), power in the cruelest of ways. 

Freya then conquers the northern lands and raises the children there to be her warriors, creating an army of huntsmen, devoid of love.  When she discovers Eric has fallen in love  (which is strictly forbidden) with fellow huntsman Sara (Jessica Chastain; The Martian), Freya tricks them into believing the other is dead or has abandoned them.  And that is only the first part of the film.

With some striking similarities to the Ice Queen Elsa, Universal Pictures creates their version of the live action character from Frozen.  Blunt portrays the woman with mostly anger and hatred, but with a dash of emotion lying far beneath the cold outer layer.  She has a harshness/sharpness that seems to be evident in many of her characters.

Chastain stands out among a solid cast and gives a softness to Sara, even as she fights for her life.  Theron is as evil and nasty as she was in the first film and shows no sign of having any redeemable qualities.  Hemsworth holds his own surrounded by a group of strong women.

The real problem with Huntsman: Winter's War is the plot.  It's boring and unnecessary.  I think the filmmakers are banking on the hype created by the previous off-camera scandal to put bodies in the theater.  Hemsworth should also garner some interest from the heterosexual, female audience that could make the film potentially profitable.

Replacing the director with Cedric Nicolas-Troyan (Maleficent) was an intelligent move, as he brings a certain majesty to every camera angle.  His visuals are also stunning and the cinematographer should be commended.  The look and feel of the film are some of the best parts of this movie.

Which brings us back to the initial question of "why".  There was no reason to make this film as the first one wasn't very good.  This one is even worse, as the story has holes and doesn't exactly work.  The prequel part is interesting enough, but the ending is mildly ridiculous - not in a good way.

A final thought… I saw an interview with Hemsworth talking about being surrounded by talented individuals portraying strong, independent women and how there are less damsels in distress roles for women and more of the former.  As he discussed this, I thought, while it's true, why do these roles seem to make many of the women into evil bitches out to destroy everyone in their path.  I want to say this is a step in the right direction for women, but, frankly, I'm not sure it is. 

Regardless,  I think this is one film you can wait to rent on Blu-ray or Digital HD.

Grade: C-

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MPAA Rating: PG-13
Running Time: 114 minutes
Distributed By: Universal Pictures

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