Generally I like to have watched the previous films when it comes to watching a sequel. If I havent seen the first one, I rarely go on to watch the sequel. It makes sense to me to work that way. However when it comes to prequels things can work a bit different and this is something that has come into play today. I never watched the 2012 film Snow White and the Huntsman, I didnt avoid it for any particular reason, I just never saw it. So when the follow on film was announced, It didnt earn a place on my ‘to watch list’ But I believe in giving every film a fair chance and so today I sat down and watched The Huntsman:Winters War, a prequel to Snow White and The Huntsman.
Not returning from the 2012 film is Kristen Stewart as Snow White, due to Universal choosing to expand the ‘universe’ of Eric The Huntsman, rather than the Snow White character. Having seen The Huntsman:Winters War, I can say that there isnt a ‘gap’ caused by the lack of Miss Stewart although I cant comment on whether she was a good fit for the Snow White role.
Eric (Chris Hemsworth) and fellow warrior Sara (Jessica Chastain) raised as members of ice Queen Freya’s (Emily Blunt) army, try to conceal their forbidden love as they fight to survive the wicked intentions of both Freya and her sister Ravenna (Charleze Theron) The first thing I learned is that The Huntsman:Winters War is a prequel to Snow White and The Huntsman but also a sequel. Showing us the ‘where he came from’ storyline of The Huntsman before taking us a few years into the future, after the events in the 2012 film.
Whilst there was a backlash from a lot of ‘critics’ when the film hit cinema screens earlier this year there is a lot to like about The Huntsman:Winters War. Sadly its very common for the online critics to try to slash a film to pieces rather than sit down and try to enjoy the film as a movie fan.Yes in this day and age its super hard to make a sword n scenery film that comes anywhere as good as HBO’s Game Of Thrones, But there is still an audience for films about wicked sorcerers knife wielding warriors, curses,and love conquering all. Im tempted to think that the perfect audience might be around the 8-13 age range but thats just my opinion. When I was in that age group, I loved films like The Beastmaster, The Neverending Story, The Princess Bride just to name three.
Put aside the negative aspects of the film such as the wobbly accents by Chris Hemsworth and Jessica Chastain which have a Scottish, Irish, American sort of Australian thing going on from time to time and a few of the visual effects not being up to the standard of a $250million budget film ( the budget was $115million) There are super fun performances from Sheridan Smith, Rob Brydan and Nick Frost. Emily Blunt brilliantly chews up the scenery as the films villain and the story is fun ride to join in with that is very loosely based on the nineteenth century folk tale ‘Snow White’ first published in 1812 by The Brothers Grimm.
If you enjoyed the recent(ish) Chronicles of Narnia films, then you should definitely enjoy The Huntsman:Winters War. I know I enjoyed the film for the fairy tale romp that it is.
The Huntsman:Winters War is available now on all formats.