Movie Review: The Huntsman: Winter's War

Movie Review – The Huntsman: Winter’s War

The Huntsman: Winter’s War is a perfect example of how A-list names and CGI effects wouldn’t compensate for bad acting and terrible story.

The Huntsman: Winter's War is a perfect example of how A-list names and CGI effects wouldn't compensate for bad acting and lacklustre plot.

The Huntsman: Winter’s War Synopsis

Heartbroken after the death of her child, Freya, younger sister of evil sorceress Ravenna retreats to the north, where she raises an army of Huntsman to conquer the northern lands. When two of her best huntsmen secretly fall in love, she uses her icy powers to do whatever she could to force the two lovers apart.

Snappy Review

I went into The Huntsman: Winter’s War knowing it was going to be bad. But I thought, oh well, there’s still Ravenna with all her shadowy magic. Everything else about the first movie aside, Charlize Theron did deliver a spirited performance back then, yes? Things can’t go that wrong with her back in this sequel.

Wrong. Ravenna’s back. She’s as delicious as ever. Problem though, she’s reduced to a supporting character and appears in but a quarter of the show. The rest of the movie is choked full of mind-numbingly boring scenes, most of which with banter so cold the Ice Queen herself would freeze over. This, on top of there never being any clear indication of the Ice Queen’s objective. So she’s heartbroken. She’s moody. Why then did she embark on a conquest of all the northern lands? Why did she also craved her sister’s beauty advisor?

In the end, is The Huntsman: Winter’s War no more than a blatant rip-off of Frozen? A movie you should just watch for glittery special effects, and nothing else?

To the last two questions, I say a loud, disgusted, yes.


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