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‘The Huntsman: Winter’s War’ is a mediocre sequel to ‘Snow White and the Huntsman’
“The Huntsman: Winter’s War” proves to be a flop (Courtesy of

The new movie, “The Huntsman: Winter’s War” is the sequel to “Snow White and the Huntsman,” 2012’s mediocre gritty remake of the classic “Snow White” story that impressed with its visuals but did little else to make an impression on viewers. Unfortunately, “Winter’s War” does even less than its predecessor.

“Winter’s War” takes elements from many different other successful movies, like “Lord of the Rings,” “Harry Potter,” “Frozen,” and “Game of Thrones,” and tries to mash them up together into some kind of glorified movie smoothie, but the makers of this smoothie must have been using a broken blender because all those great ingredients could not save this giant mess.

First, there’s the plot, which feels so direct-to-DVD that it’s surprising that this film got a theatrical release. It tries its best to make surprising twists, but the movie is about as predictable as any movie could get.

Next, there’re the actors, who, as a whole, do a pretty bad job. Chris Hemsworth takes on the leading role of the movie and manages to do an okay job. While he does a fine job at conveying his emotion and charm, his attempted Scottish accent leaves a lot to be desired. At times, he is trying so hard that it’s hard to simply understand what he is saying, and at others, he seems to no longer have the accent at all.

"The Huntsman: Winter's War" proves to be a flop (Courtesy of
“The Huntsman: Winter’s War” proves to be a flop (Courtesy of

Jessica Chastain stars alongside Hemsworth and gives a performance that feels pretty phoned in. Chastain’s involvement with the film was actually a contractual obligation for her, so her lackluster performance leaves no surprise.

The supporting cast is where the film really takes a hit. Nick Frost, who is usually an incredibly funny actor with a laundry list of hit comedies under his belt, does not succeed with his role of a dwarf that, while the movie thinks is funny, is actually quite not. He and Welsh Actor, Rob Brydon act as the comic relief of the movie, which provides neither laughs nor any sort of relief from the movie’s dreary and dull plot. Alongside those two are their female counterparts, Sheridan Smith and Alexandra Roach. Smith turns in a solid, yet unnotable performance, while Roach gives one of the strangest and most awkward performances of the year. She constantly makes strange faces and her delivery is incredibly stilted. She almost seems mentally handicapped, but her strangeness is never brought up during the film, so it is quite possible that she just gave a terrible performance or a very odd interpretation of the character. Either way, it was bad and it did not work at all.

The movie is also not very original, as there are many settings and scenes that are reminiscent of other famous fantasy films and there are even certain scenes and lines that seem to be lifted straight out of the “Lord of the Rings Series.”

Lastly, there are the visuals, which are one of the few things about this movie that is not bad. While some of the scenery shots look clearly fake, some of the more close-up visuals, like the goblins or the man that comes from the famous mirror, actually look pretty good.

Overall, “Winter’s War” manages to conjure up nothing but disappointment and boredom. It’s a bad mish-mash of good movies that no one wanted, but was made anyways because the film before it made a lot of money. This movie’s lack of heart is mirrored by its lack of Snow White, as it is a “Snow White sequel” that neither has nor is even about Snow White.

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