The Huntsman: Winter's War (2016)
Critic Consensus: The Huntsman: Winter's War is visually arresting and boasts a stellar cast, but neither are enough to recommend this entirely unnecessary sequel.
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Critic Reviews for The Huntsman: Winter's War
When people gripe about Hollywood's reliance on sequels and cheap franchise cash-ins, this is the kind of movie they mean: no Grimm's Fairy Tale, but a grim tale nonetheless.
By cramming far too much material into 114 minutes, The Huntsman: Winter's War feels rushed and incomplete.
The script lifts so much plot from Disney's animated Frozen that it could qualify as a remake. No one sings "Let It Go," but my advice to audiences is to do just that.
Here's hoping that any future installment ditches the Huntsman the way that Snow White was shunted aside, because the evil queens are where it's at.
Freya is given the barest veil of a backstory while Ravenna just oozes ribbons of black bile (literally) for her own evil reasons. These women may be strong but they are never deep.
Audience Reviews for The Huntsman: Winter's War
Rather decent mix of a prequel and sequel to the recent Snow white fantasy adventure. This is more of the same, an evil ruler, fantasy creatures, action, some humor (mostly thanks to dwarves). Nothing groundbreaking but pretty entertaining and well done. The film even manages to take a few rather unexpected turns before we reach the inevitable but pretty sweet happily ever after..
Entertaining, but slowly paced. There are plenty of references to Disney's Snow White story, but if you're expecting a Disney flick, you'll be disappointed. This is more of an action/adventure film (although surprisingly spare with the action and adventure). It's really not for kids. Great special effects and nice costumes dress up a somewhat formulaic script. Hemsworth is likable with a facile but puzzling Scottish brogue (I'm guessing it's Scottish -- there's no reason I could discern for any accent whatsoever). But great actresses are really the source of gravity in this film. Watch this film for the women -- not for the titular character, and you'll feel you got your money's worth.
"Homaging" Disney's Frozen like crazy, this fantasy isn't epic (although it likes to pretend that it is) but nonetheless serviceable. The actors do their part to support a heavily CGI-ed story engine, and that they do quite competently. Remind yourself that it's only a movie and you'll be fine. And it's got Emily Blunt. What? You don't like Emily Blunt? I only was unhappy with the evils monkeys in the forest bit, which was both obvious and over-the-line.
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