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The Huntsman: Winter's War

  • Drama
  • 2016
  • Cedric Nicolas-Troyan
  • 109 mins
  • 12A

Summary

Fantasy adventure starring Chris Hemsworth and Charlize Theron. Elite huntsman Eric falls for fellow warrior Sara as the battle for dominance between two powerful queens escalates.

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Review

A star rating of 3 out of 5.

Thor's 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, her grief manifests itself in icy superpowers and she 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.

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Credits

Cast

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The HuntsmanChris Hemsworth
FreyaEmily Blunt
SaraJessica Chastain
RavennaCharlize Theron
NionNick Frost
GryffRob Brydon
Mrs BromwynSheridan Smith
DoreenaAlexandra Roach
WilliamSam Claflin
Duke of BlackwoodColin Morgan
TullSope Dirisu
LeifrSam Hazeldine
PippaSophie Cookson
BarkeepRalph Ineson

Crew

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DirectorCedric Nicolas-Troyan

Details

Theatrical distributor
Universal
Released on
2016-04-04
Guidance
Edited for violence and language
Available on
DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour

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