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Photo: Universal Studios
Photo: Universal Studios

By Megan Bianco

The Huntsman: Winter’s War is the most unnecessary cash grab of a sequel since Mockingjay, Part 2. Just from watching the movie you can guess the moviemakers probably watched Frozen, Oz: the Great and Powerful and Robin Hood and then smooshed them all together in one movie set in the universe of Snow White. Except Kristen Stewart isn’t coming back this time, and we now are focusing all of our attention on the huntsman character played by Chris Hemsworth.

The movie opens with a flashback sequence that shows the evil queen Ravenna (Charlize Theron) actually had a sister all along, named Freya (Emily Blunt). While Ravenna has a magical mirror, Freya has the power to freeze things with her mind. When Freya’s heart is broken, she moves far away and builds her own icy kingdom and army, which includes Eric (Hemsworth) and Sara (Jessica Chastain).

Theron, Blunt and Chastain are three of the most acclaimed actresses working in Hollywood today, and even they can’t make up for the inconsistent tone and awful pacing. The huntsman character is just not interesting enough to warrant his own movie, and there are too many references to a character we never see (Snow White). The most out-of-place, yet entertaining, elements of Winter’s War are two dwarfs played by Rob Brydon and Nick Frost providing the comic relief that is right out of an Edgar Wright film. Hemsworth has been struggling to find success outside of Marvel since 2014, and it looks like he’s going to have to keep looking.

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