Snow White and the Huntsman was a somewhat frustrating movie for me. It created a nice fantasy setting which was a lot darker and more appealing than your average Snow White story, but also had cringe-worthy moments in the dialogue and a flimsy performance by its lead, Kristen Stewart. Well the good news is that they are at least ditching one of those problems in the follow-up, with the story removing Snow White completely, choosing the prequel route to focus on the more exciting characters instead.
Hopefully it’s an inspired decision and from the release of the latest trailer for The Huntsman: Winter’s War, it looks like it could be an entertaining, fun ride as they expand on the fantasy universe even further. The film will see Charlize Theron and Chris Hemsworth both return in their roles from the previous film (as the Evil Queen Ravenna and The Huntsman, Eric, respectively) and also introduces Jessica Chastain and Emily Blunt to the franchise.
Its not a wholly original story and appears too similar with what we’ve seen before in so many other movies – but at least the action sequences and fighting look like they will be entertaining. It also produces many plot-holes for the first movie, which didn’t include many of these characters or background stories – so it will be interesting to see how they try and wrap this story into the first one without breaking continuity completely. Hopefully its not going to be one of those prequels that fall completely flat, which is what too often tends to happen.
The official synopsis of the film is as follows:
Long before the evil Queen Ravenna (Theron) was thought vanquished by Snow White’s blade, she watched silently as her sister, Freya (Blunt), suffered a heartbreaking betrayal and fled their kingdom. With Freya’s ability to freeze any enemy, the young ice queen has spent decades in a remote wintry palace raising a legion of deadly huntsmen—including Eric (Hemsworth) and warrior Sara (Chastain)—only to find that her prized two defied her one demand: Forever harden your hearts to love.
When Freya learns of her sister’s demise, she summons her remaining soldiers to bring the Magic Mirror home to the only sorceress left who can harness its power. But once she discovers Ravenna can be resurrected from its golden depths, the wicked sisters threaten this enchanted land with twice the darkest force it’s ever seen. Now, their amassing army shall prove undefeatable…unless the banished huntsmen who broke their queen’s cardinal rule can fight their way back to one another.
Directed by Cedric Nicolas-Troyan, The Huntsman: Winter’s War is produced by Joe Roth (Maleficent, Alice in Wonderland). We can expect to see it in theatres on April 22, 2016.
Below are some promotion posters that have been released for the film:
Last Updated: February 12, 2016