I’m going to admit I went to see this solely for its costuming and visual candy. I was not disappointed. The intricacies in Ravenna and Freya’s gowns were amazing. If you are a movie lover that enjoys visually beautiful films then you will definitely want to see this on the big screen.
If you were fortunate to have not seen Snow White and the Huntman don’t fret. This movie has zero connection to the original film. In my opinion this is a good thing. The creators of this installment seemed to have used some magic and made the first movie disappear. Not sure how smart that was since this was a prequel that evolved into a sequel giving you very little mention of the missing part of the puzzle (Snow White).
Charlize Theron’s Ravenna was flawless, just don’t expect to see much of her. This movie was mostly about a tale of a loving woman turned cold and frozen. Queen Freya transforms into a live Elsa (a’la Frozen). Emily Blunt falls short in her delivery of the descent from love. Her “Beast of No Nation” ploy to use child soldiers as her army of huntsman probably wasn’t the most original idea but it does give us Eric (Chris Hemsworth) and Sara (Jessica Chastain).
Sara and Eric are a bit too reminiscent of Ygritte and Jon Snow (Games of Throne) for my liking but the banter was entertaining. Hemsworth was very much the Huntsman from the original: charming, funny, and a strong presence in each scene. Chastain did not sell her twist but I still enjoyed her even though their chemistry was lacking.
The scene stealers were Mrs. Bromwyn (Sheridan Smith) and the flipping awesome Goblins. Mrs. Bromwyn’s delivery of her one liners were spot on. And the decisions made around the design of the goblins were in my opinion genus as I have never seen such an original idea in a fantasy character.
This is a not a must see film however if you are still interested in seeing it, big screen is the way to go. Find yourself a matinee somewhere and enjoy the beauty of it.
I’m giving this Huntsman 2 axes out of 5