3 Reasons You Should Not Skip The Huntsman: Winter’s War

Posted 2016/04/07 5376 0

"The Huntsman: Winter’s War" is a blockbuster worth your watching thanks to its fresh content, ensemble cast and outstanding visual effects.

The second installment of Snow White and the Huntsman (2012), The Huntsman: Winter's War causes a new storm. Let's take a look at 3 huge reasons why it's totally worth your time.


1. There is no Snow White

Universal Pictures initially planned to produce Snow White and the Huntsman 2 starring Kristen Stewart. However, due to the scandal between Kristen Stewart and the movie's director Rupert Sanders, she becomes a bystander while all of her costars com back to The Huntsman: Winter’s War. It is now a completely new movie, taking place prior to, after the events in Snow White and the Huntsman.

Part-prequel, part-sequel, the film focuses on Theron's Queen Ravenna and her descent into evil, as she pursues her dream of staying the fairest in all the land. This time, we see her go up against her equally powerful sister Freya, who threatens to steal her crown and avenge a family tragedy; an event which had Freya flee the kingdom and in her grief-stricken anger raise an army trained in not only the art of combat but closed off to the 'weakness' of love too. Not because it is in their nature however, but because Freya forbids her warriors, her huntsman, from feeling the emotion.

As you may have guessed, one of those huntsman is Eric (Hemsworth), who grows up to become a skilled soldier who reluctantly helps Freya vanquish many lands long after Ravenna's fall in the first instalment. But after falling for fellow huntsman Sara (Chastain), the two find themselves threatened not only by Freya's rulings but the possibility of Ravenna's return too and the inevitable destruction of Snow White's now peaceful kingdom.


2. The Stage of Queens

Universal Pictures made a wise move to invite Emily Blunt and Jessica Chastain to replace Kristen Stewart. Together with Charlize Theron, the trio becomes a huge magnet to attract audience right from the very first moments when the movie just started filming. There are even jokes that thanks to the dominance of them, Chris Hemsworth seems to play only a cameo in the movie.

Not only appearing throughout the trailers, Evil Queen, Ice Queen and Warrior Sara drive the audience crazy because of their sexy outfit and powerful strengths. Sisters Ravenna and Freya constantly cast spells in fear of anyone standing in front of them. The scene of Sara nocks a fiery arrow and draws her bow, saying “I never miss” reminds us of a second Katniss Everdeen.

Without dazzling crown, splendid dresses and superpowers, Jessica Chastain is still not overshadowed by the Queens. In a recent interview, director Cedric Nicolas-Troyan said of Jessica, "Ah, Sarah. She's a badass. She's really badass. I think it was fun for Jessica to play because she doesn't usually that that type of character. It was really fun for me to work with her because I love those characters. She's equal; she's a huntsman too. She's not just one of the huntsmen; she's the leader of the huntsmen when Eric goes away. They're husband and wife, so they are on equal footing."


3. Outstanding Visual Effects

Snow White and the Huntsman received two nominations for Best Costume Design and Best Visual Effects. This shows that the movie will satisfy even difficult eyes. The artwork of director Rupert Sanders brings movie lovers gorgeous costumes as well as fascinating battles that go beyond imagination.

The Huntsman: Winter’s War is expected to follow the success of Snow White and the Huntsman, especially when it is directed by Cedric Nicolas-Troyan, visual effects superviser of Snow White and the Huntsman. Besides, the movie is brough to us by Maleficent's crew, another Best Costume Design Oscar nominated one.

In addtition, the soundtrack of The Huntsman: Winter's War is produced by Newton Howard, a prestigious American composer who is the recipient of a Grammy Award, Emmy Award, and eight Academy Award nominations. His best known film scores include Pretty Woman (1990), The Prince of Tides (1991), The Fugitive (1993), The Sixth Sense (1999), Dinosaur (2000), Atlantis: The Lost Empire (2001), Treasure Planet (2002), The Village (2004), King Kong (2005), Batman Begins (2005), I Am Legend (2007), Blood Diamond (2006), The Dark Knight (2008), The Bourne Legacy (2012), and The Hunger Games series (2012-2015). 

Besides, in the press conference held in Singapore, actor Chris Hemsworth half jokingly said that the great evil expressed through Charlize Theron's role of Ravenna comes naturally.

The Huntsman: Winter’s War stars A-classed actors such as Chris Hemsworth, Charlize Theron, Emily Blunt, Jessica Chastain and Sam Claflin. The film was released on April 4, 2016 in the United Kingdom and is scheduled for a April 22 release in the United States.