Does The Huntsman Winter's War Exist

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I can’t figure out why The Huntsman: Winter’s War exists. Honestly. The movie’s a rare cinematic do-over – an opportunity to re-enter a flawed story (the one told in 2012’s Snow White and the Huntsman) with the intention of salvaging the tiny bits that worked the first time, while also course-correcting and removing the parts the audience deemed unnecessary. Only, that doesn’t happen. This peculiar, hybrid prequel/sequel commits the same mistakes as its predecessor, and ends up being as shapeless, nondescript and unimaginative as Snow Whitewas… only this time, they don’t have Kristen Stewart to blame.

So, what went wrong? As far as I can tell, the producers miscalculated just how interesting Chris Hemsworth’s rugged fairy tale warrior, Eric, was, or could be. His character in Snow White was neither a love interest nor a savior. He lived in the narrative shadow of his leading lady, while both Stewart and Hemsworth repeatedly were eclipsed by the scenery chewing of Charlize Theron’s evil queen, Ravenna. I can’t remember a single non-Theron scene from Snow White and the Huntsman. Her presence was just that dominant.
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The way this new, reconfigured story goes, the young Ravenna had a powerful sister, Freya (Emily Blunt), whose God-given abilities involved ice and cold. She’s Elsa, without the musical interludes. After establishing a kingdom on the outskirts of the land, Queen Freya builds an army of Huntsman – and Huntswomen – filling the void in her heart with power, because love is not an option. (There’s a dark subplot tied to Freya involving the loss of an infant that had me wondering if Huntsman was made with children in mind. I guess it
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