The question that seemed to be on most movie reviewers’ minds when watching this movie was, “Was this a sequel that should have been made?”
The answer is no.
However, due to Kristen Stewart’s Twilight popularity at the time (and I’d assume some popularity from Chris Hemsworth too), Snow White and The Huntsman did surprisingly well at the box office. Therefore, of course, because money, they had to make a sequel… without Kristen Stewart… and without the original director. Why? I can only imagine it was because of the ruckus caused by the affair between Stewart and the director, because they’re the only important players that aren’t in this sequel.
Anyway, I did enjoy The Huntsman: Winter’s War. It’s a dumb movie, but I enjoyed it despite the fact.
The aesthetics of this movie are probably the best thing about it. There’s a certain style that “Snow White” and “Winter’s War” both have that I find to be very visually appealing. It sets a consistent dark tone throughout the entire film.
The dialogue in this movie is not necessarily inspired, but considering what kind of movie they were trying to make, I felt that most of the lines were fine. There is a bit of humor that works in this movie, mostly due to Nick Frost, the only returning dwarf from the first movie. But they have quite a few dwarf characters that are entertaining to watch.
Hemsworth and Chastain’s chemistry is passable, despite the fact that the movie does nothing to build up Hemsworth’s character in an interesting way, and despite the fact that the logic behind Chastain’s decision making is confusing. There’s some cute moments between them, but their roles could have been played by anyone and nothing would have drastically changed. They’re both relatively blank slate characters which is probably why I enjoyed the dwarves more because they actually had some relatively definitive traits.
Most of the action scenes in this movie are well done save for one where Hemsworth is fighting some guys outside in the rain. The editing was so choppy and so disjointed that I had a hard time really figuring out what exactly was going on.
The movie doesn’t really pay too much attention to detail, and some of the elements they try to establish get dropped shortly after they appear in the movie. A small example would be when Frost’s dwarf character tries to woo an unattractive, big-bussomed woman and she rejects him. Hemsworth later asks Frost if he ever tries to woo dwarven women. Frost and the other dwarf character make jokes to the effect of “dwarf-women-are-so-ugly” or something. A few scenes later, we get introduced to two female dwarf characters, and while the two aren’t necessarily lookers, they’re certainly more attractive than the human woman Frost was hitting on. Neglected details like this don’t really ruin a movie for me, but it certainly reveals sloppy script writing and direction when details like this are skimmed over.
As for Emily Blunt, I can’t really say she did an exceptional job either. Her character reminded me too much of Elsa from “Frozen” except she doesn’t sing overrated songs and she kidnaps children. There were parts during the end of the movie where Blunt’s character does something strange, and I had the hardest time figuring out what they were trying to go for in those scenes.
There’s also a twist close to the end of the movie that I thought was the most predictable thing in the world. Sure, it didn’t help that the twist is pretty much ruined by the commercials for this movie, but I would have been able to call it without the commercials.
Charlize Theron is also in this movie but only kind of. Her presence seemed relatively forced, and even though her character is one of the few memorable ones, I’d venture to say that the story itself probably would have been better if they didn’t force her into this movie.
The Huntsman: Winter’s War also seems to have forgotten quite a few things that Snow White and the Huntsman established in the first movie. This made it impossible for me not to realize that this sequel is pretty much a lazy afterthought and not a sincere extension to the first film.
The Huntsman: Winter’s War has a near even amount of entertainment and eye-rolling. It was impossible for me to completely like this movie, but every time I tried to hate it, I found that I couldn’t. If you enjoyed Snow White and the Huntsman, I’d imagine you’d enjoy this movie because it’s less stupid. However, even though it’s less stupid, “The Huntsman: Winter’s War” is more unnecessary than its predecessor, and I’m giving this movie a 5 out of 10.