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So "Winter's War" is a cross between Snow White and the Snow Queen as well as a prequel/sequel of the previous film that I reviewed last week, "Snow White and the Huntsman". The last movie I didn't like one bit, so how does this one hold up? Let's find out. Note: This is a biased review. This all my own opinion. If you differ from what I think, that's fine. Everyone has their own perception.
What's good? 1. The Sets. Like in the last movie, the sets in this movie are incredible and the attention to detail is astounding. The ice castle and its rooms are beautiful and they really give you the chills! The training court, the forests, the Ice Queen's village are phenomenal. Some of the effects are alright, but some of the CGI (mostly the magical creatures) aren't very impressive.
2. Emily Blunt. Now her character isn't the best written. Freya isn't given much development (though she is given plenty of screen time to do so) and her goals don't make much sense (though that's more on the writing), but Blunt gives a depth to Freya that actually makes her interesting. She gives it her all to become the cold and ruthless. Unlike Ravenna who acts bipolar (not to anger anyone who IS bipolar. This is just the best way I can describe it), Freya is cool and collected. Blunt brings something to the table to make this Elsa-wanna-be (appearance-wise) an original character. How is her character Elsa? Let's see: a broken-hearted girl discovers she has ice powers, isolates herself in the mountain where she creates her own ice kingdom, dresses herself is shades of blue, and wears her hair in a braid. Bottom line, Blunt brings something original and interesting to the character that the writers didn't.
3. No Kristin Stewert. Lmaoo ok this is more of a funny half-hearted thing because everybody kept complaining that "Snow White isn't in this movie" despite being referenced ALOT. While it would make sense for Snow White to make an appearance, I'm more than happy not to see Kristin Stewert's bland face in this movie. I know I'm being harsh, but I seriously can't stand her as an actress lol.
And now for the bad... 1. The Writing. Each act feels like a different genre. Act 1 feels like a dark Adventure, Act 2 is a RomCom, and Act 3 is a War movie mixed with CGI roadkill. This is screenwriting 101, people, pick a genre and stick with it! At most, you can mix in 3 genres, but you have to mix them in well. This movie doesn't know what it wants to be. It has no identity. Also, this movie is called "THE HUNTSMAN: Winter's War" meaning that this movie should mostly be centered on the Huntsman, but it's not. It's hijacked by Freya and Ravenna, who btw doesn't appear until late in the 3rd act for 15 minutes (Kinda like Venom in Spider-Man 3)! And how does Ravenna return? She pulled a Voldemort and put her soul into her magic mirror. Geez this movie is just full of rip-offs! The plot is also all over the place. Is it about Eric and Sara rekindling their love? Is it about Freya's loss of innocence or Ravenna's thirst for youth and power? Is it about Snow White? Pff yeah right. There is no real story here. It's like the writers just made stuff up as they went along. You have to plan ahead and make sure you have a solid structure. There are no support beams holding this story up.
2. The Huntsman. I never really got around to talking much about him in my last review, so I'll talk about him here. While in the first movie, he just sounded like a drunk (yeah I know the character was, but that's how he sounded throughout the ENTIRE movie) and bland, but in this movie he's just bland. The reason for that is the same problem that last movie had: he has no character development. There is no change in him that is compelling or moving. Chris Hemsworth is a great actor, I've seen in roles other than Thor, so I don't completely blame him for this. I blame the writers and the director. Why? 1. As I said before, the movie is called "THE HUNTSMAN" meaning that the focus should've been more on him, but it wasn't. That's the writers' fault. 2. Actors put a lot of faith in their director to know how they want them to...well, act! If a director doesn't know what to do or neglects to help, that reflects on the actor. I know this is Cedric Nicolas-Troyan's first film, but come on! Give some sort of direction.
3. Prequel/Sequel. I think this is where the trouble began. A movie is either a prequel OR a sequel. Not both. While it is common for a sequel to have a 5 or 10 minute prologue pertaining to or before the first film, however it isn't smart to be both. It causes confusion in both the movie and the story, which is exactly what it did. It's got to be one or the other. There are other failing factors to this movie, but I strongly believe that this was the building block for them.
4. Character Chemistry. There is a lack of feeling between the characters. Eric and Sara don't emote a chemistry to the audience. They flirt, they banter, they say they love each other, but there's no atmosphere. There's nothing that really pushes these two together. Even Freya and Ravenna's sisterly relationship isn't believable. If it wasn't verbally implied that they were related, you wouldn't know it. There's no chemistry pulling us toward them or them towards each other. I don't care about any of these characters nor their relationships with each other...and that's a bad thing.
In conclusion, this movie is awful. Many of the characters are either underdeveloped or unneeded, the script is all over the place, the "plot" is unfocused, and there is a lack of direction. The movie is a bland rip-off of "Frozen"....and "Spider-Man 3" and "Harry Potter". If you were a fan of the first movie, you will be very disappointed with this one. Also what do you want me to review next week? Something old? Something new? Something good? Something bad? Let me know in the comments. If I dont get any requests by Thursday, Ill just put something out. K? Fair? Goodie.
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I completely agree with the Kristen Stewart part. she ruined the last one for me haha
Great review!! I do agree that this movie was hijacked by freya and Ravenna. It wasn't focused on the huntsman at all.
@redapple615 that is a shame. thanks for the advice since it seem it will be a movie I will regret paying money for. and yeah, I personally couldn't get pass Kristen Stewart acting and for some reason it didn't hold my attention to long
@TehDL not a small amount but if you wouldn't think that of him as the main character. At least that's the feel that I got. If you're curious, I say wait for it to come out on tv and record it. Also glad to find someone who also didn't like the first movie.
Thank you for this review. I was having a hard time wondering if I should watch it. I didn't like the first movie but I thought that seeing the relationship between the sisters would be a interesting thing. which in all they totally played it off as something amazing in the trailers... sad that went no where. I was also gonna watch for the huntsman... just to see him... was it really a small amount that he was in the movie?