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Film Review: “The Huntsman: Winter`s War” (2016) ★★★


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Still of Charlize Theron and Emily Blunt in The Huntsman: Winter’s War (2016) (Courtesy of Universal Pictures)

Whenever Charlize Theron, Emily Blunt or Jessica Chastain films come out to our local theater, we always expect something truly fascinating. But when all these three A-List actresses appear in a single film, you expect nothing but a spectacular experience. “The Huntsman: Winter’s War” may not be as thrilling as you may anticipate, but the appearance of these superbly talented actresses will make you enjoy every minute of it.

The film follows a betrayed and heartbroken Freya (Emily Blunt) who, after losing her only child a few days after being born, finds out about her superpower she never knew she possessed. After punishing severely the only man she loved, Freya leaves the Kingdom to create one of her own. This is when we meet a still young Eric, The Huntsman (Chris Hemsworth) and Sara (Jessica Chastain) who become Freya’s best warriors. However, the love that the two have for each other makes the Frozen Queen so furious that she decides to take the only action she possibly could imagine to stop the two to spread the love around. But that is just the beginning of the story you’re about to see…

As the film continues, and the Freya’s army grows stronger, The Huntsman finds himself seven years after he defeated the Evil Queen, Ravena (Charlize Theron). However, when in the beginning of the film we hear about the evil that can’t be defeated completely will prove itself when Ravena’s mirror comes to the picture, and Freya’s desperation to own it. But the biggest surprise is yet to come, when The Evil Queen appears to be alive, and now, only Freya is the only one who is strong enough to beat her for good. But will the two sisters go against each other is something certainly deserves seeing in this film.

I almost have nothing to complain about, except for a few scenes that I must say were way too exaggerated. Of course, when it comes to films such as “The Huntsman: Winter’s War” you can forgive any gap the film has, even if that gap is huge enough to be covered up. But stunning costumes, choreography, and impressive performances delivered by Emily Blunt and Charlize Theron will make you forgive every laughable scene you will have to see. It’s not like Jessica Chastain or Chris Hemsworth were not as good as the Blunt and Theron duo, but you will certainly agree that Chastain and Hemsworth have to work really hard to reach the level of Blunt and Theron… which is not easy at all.

In conclusion, “The Huntsman: Winter’s War” despite everything, will be able to entertain you and perhaps, make you ignore the negative side of it. The best part of it is it has its pace, touches the ground well, and a dynamic storyline that won’t make you feel bored at all. It’s just the screenplay that, with extra effort could have been much better than it was presented. But other than that do not waste your time and see it yourself. But in case if you don’t like it, I won’t feel disappointed, as I leave it up to you to decide what to do with your time… which again, in any case, it won’t be wasted at all.

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