Head-scratchingly billed as a prequel/sequel to Snow White and the Huntsman, the film builds on the world of its predecessor. We learn more about Hemsworth’s huntsman: how he was captured by Freya (Emily Blunt), Ravenna’s (Charlize Theron) grief-stricken sister, and taken to the cold heart of her kingdom, a place where love is forbidden. We learn how he broke this commandment, how he fell in love with another conscript Sara (Jessica Chastain), and was cast out of the realm.
Now, after years of wandering the wilderness, he is called on to prevent a mirror of diabolic power from falling into Freya’s hands. Along the way he picks up a band of allies, including his long lost lover (and, perhaps more unexpectedly, Rob Brydon). It’s not exactly the most original of fantasy premises, but it just about suffices. More irksome is the absence of chemistry between Hemsworth and Chastain. Theron and Blunt do their best to compensate with a convincing sisterly rivalry, but the lukewarm central relationship is a sharp thorn in the film’s side.
For fans of CGI extravaganzas, this is well worth a watch; the crystalline and liquid metal aesthetic is undeniably impressive. For anyone else, this is unlikely to hold much joy.
|What||The Huntsman: Winter's War film review|
|Where||Various Locations | MAP|
|Nearest tube||Leicester Square (underground)|
04 Apr 16 – 31 May 16, Event times vary
|Price||£determined by cinema|
|Website||Click here to visit the film's IMDB page|