THE HUNTSMAN: WINTER’S WAR – Rated PG-13 – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

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Starring Chris Hemsworth, Charlize Theron, Emily Blunt and Jessica Chastain

 As we venture back in time to the world of Queen Ravenna (Charlize Theron) pre SNOW WHITE ~ We meet Ravenna’s sister Freya (Emily Blunt), and find that life, even a kingdom of wealth and power, true love and forever happiness may not be found…

Fraught with loss and torment after the loss of her child, Freya forms her own kingdom ~ alas ~ to be protected by the children of her land – as she makes warriors out of Eric/The Hunstman (Chris Hemsworth), a beautiful red headed maiden named Sara (Jessica Chastain), and many more youngsters, who are stolen from their own families, and trained to be the protectors of this cold and barren countryside…

As Freya ~ turned ICE QUEEN ~ rules over her world of distance and despair, it seems that the Magic Mirror is the prize that must be found ~ As Freya seeks out the assistance of her long lost sibling, while defying the love that has blossomed between The Huntsman, and his fair maiden too…

I give THE HUNTSMAN: WINTER’S WAR a rating of: WAIT AND CATCH THIS ONE ON DVD or NETFLIX ~ Having viewed SNOW WHITE and THE HUNTSMAN, and not loving it, but not hating it either, I was hoping that this new spin which warranted the return of both Hemsworth and Theron, would bring lots of substance and excitement to the big screen ~ but, sadly, too many glimpses from films we have already experienced, along with a lackluster performance by both Theron and Chastain, made THE HUNTSMAN: WINTER’S WAR a major disappointment for me. Hemsworth’s performance is one of the few shining moments in this film, as his mere presence on screen will keep your my attention. But between the totally contrived storyline, and the scene after scene of magical creatures and images we have all seen before ~ including watching Blunt’s character Freya channel ELSA from FROZEN the whole way through. Needless to say, I wasn’t falling into the trance they where wanting me to throughout this film, no matter how hard I tried. Which leaves me to suggest that if you want to catch THE HUNSTMAN: WINTER’S WAR, wait and do it in the comfort of your very own home, on a cold winter’s night, if you want to catch it at all…

Kathy Kaiser