The Huntsman: Winter's War

The Huntsman: Winter's War

Cedric Nicolas-Troyan (2016)

109min
12A Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Chris Hemsworth is as heroic as ever in this Snow White and the Huntsman prequel, although the absence of his original co-star Kristen Stewart leaves a gaping hole in the plot. Charlize Theron returns as the fabulously evil Ravenna, this time in a smaller role alongside Emily Blunt as her sister, Freya. When Freya loses her child, she becomes an ice queen and raises an army. Hemsworth and Jessica Chastain play her prized warriors who dare fall in love, in the process incurring the queen's chilly wrath. Director Cedric Nicolas-Troyan's film is a slightly uneven ramble through the enchanted woods, and he does his best to disguise the notable absence of Stewart's Snow White. Fortunately, he's a master of visual effects (Oscar nominated for the first film) and again produces a cool, glittering spectacle. He lightens the gloom further with comic turns by Rob Brydon, Nick Frost and Sheridan Smith as dwarfs and inserts slickly edited fight scenes whenever the pace flags. This is no classic, but an amusing twist on the original fairy tale.

Summary

Eric and fellow warrior Sara, raised as members of ice Queen Freya's army, try to conceal their forbidden love as they fight to survive the wicked intentions of both Freya and her sister Ravenna. However, as war between the siblings escalates, Eric and Sara unite with Freya in an attempt to end Ravenna's wicked reign once and for all. Fantasy adventure, starring Chris Hemsworth, Charlize Theron, Emily Blunt and Jessica Chastain.

Cast & Crew

The Huntsman Chris Hemsworth
Freya Emily Blunt
Sara Jessica Chastain
Ravenna Charlize Theron
Nion Nick Frost
Gryff Rob Brydon
Mrs Bromwyn Sheridan Smith
Doreena Alexandra Roach
William Sam Claflin
Duke of Blackwood Colin Morgan
Tull Sope Dirisu
Leifr Sam Hazeldine
Pippa Sophie Cookson
Barkeep Ralph Ineson
Director Cedric Nicolas-Troyan
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: UniversalGuidance: Edited for violence and languageAvailable on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 4 Apr 2016
Drama