“The Huntsman: Winter’s War” Review

6 April, 2016

Director: Cedric Nicolas-Troyan
Screenwriters: Evan Spiliotopoulos, Craig Mazin
Director of Photography: Phedon Papamichael
Cast: Chris Hemsworth, Jessica Chastain, Charlize Theron, Emily Blunt

Synopsis: Part spin-off, part prequel to Snow White and the Huntsman, The Huntsman: Winter’s War tells the story of Freya the Ice Queen who banishes love from her kingdom after a bitter heartbreak. The Huntsman, who was the crucial protector of Snow White in the previous instalment, soon meets the love of his life only to find himself exiled and separated in a time of war and upheaval.

The Huntsman Review:

Conceived by studio executives who were blinded by the dollar signs in their eyes, “The Huntsman: Winter’s War” is such an exhaustingly over-directed piece of filmmaking that it makes you wonder if the actors had more fun on their lunch breaks than they did during the shoot. The cast members appear to be trying their best under the strain of the shooting schedule and yet you can practically feel the beads of sweat forming on Emily Blunt’s brow as she tries to deliver the awful script whilst retaining the uncomfortable poise of Cedric Nicolas-Troyan’s direction.

“The Huntsman: Winter’s War” is choppy, opportunistic, and badly stitched together with a few distracting CGI inserts. While the bought-in writers struggle to find something to make a sequel out of, they scratch their heads over what to do about Snow White as Kristen Stewart’s refusal to reprise her role leaves them no choice but to film a body double from behind for a few seconds before swiftly moving on. “The Huntsman: Winter’s War” is one of the most uncomfortable and misguided films of the year and it’s so ridiculously hurried and thrown into cinemas that the makers don’t even bother to get a decent accent coach for the struggling Jessica Chastain who is cast as a Scottish warrior and primary love interest of Hemsworth’s Huntsman.

The movie not only manages to replicate the dullness of the previous instalment without fail but it also quite blatantly rip-off Disney’s “Frozen” in the vain hope that no one will notice. For those who don’t manage to drift off within the first twenty minutes there’s a long wait until all of the key players finally decide to appear on set and this is also the moment where Charlize Theron leaves Emily Blunt practically whimpering on the floor in complete embarrassment. It’s a crime to even witness this travesty.



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The Huntsman: Winter's War