THE HUNTSMAN: WINTER’S WAR (12)
D: Cedric Nicolas-Troyan
Universal / Perfect World (Joe Roth)
US 🇺🇸 2016
W: Evan Spiliotopolous & Craig Mazan [based on characters created by Evan Daugherty]
DP: Phedon Papamichael
Ed: Conrad Buff
Mus: James Newton Howard
PD: Dominic Watkins
Cos: Colleen Atwood
Chris Hemsworth (Eric), Emily Blunt (Queen Freya), Charlize Theron (Queen Ravenna), Jessica Chastain (Sara), Nick Frost (Nion), Rob Brydon (Gryff), Sheridan Smith (Bromwyn)
Inspired by Hans Christian Anderson’s “The Snow Queen” more than the original fairy tale by the Brothers Grimm, resulting in a sequel to Snow White & The Huntsman that doesn’t actually feature Snow White.
I don’t really have a problem with this, since I felt Kristen Stewart was miscast in the first movie and felt the movie was quite poor due to this.
Sadly, this sequel isn’t a great deal better, with Chris Hemsworth revisiting his huntsman character, showing his backstory and exile from his kingdom & subsequent revenge against the queen who betrayed him.
It’s standard fairytale stuff with a big budget, fancy costumes, fantastical sets and a whole glut of CGI effects, but feels more like a cash-in on the success of 2013’s Frozen (qv) rather than anything tied into the world of Snow White & The Seven Dwarfs.