Remember that Snow White film you didn’t really like? Sort of? Yep, that’s the answer I was expecting. Either that or ‘the one with Charlize Theron?’. Well, there’s a sequel, and while Theron and Chris Hemsworth are back, Kristen Stewart is not, which I’m sure will make a lot of people happy. They’ve done well to replace her too, bringing in two fan friendly names, those being Jessica Chastain and Emily Blunt. On top of that, Blunt is playing a character the marketing has been referring to as ‘The Ice Queen’, who lives in a giant castle made of ice, and has magical ice powers, and is in no way trying to cash in on the success of Disney’s Frozen. In other words, it’s Thor vs Elsa.

After the magic mirror is stolen from Snow White’s possession, The Huntsman (Chris Hemsworth) is called on to track it down. At the same time, The Snow Queen (Emily Blunt) is trying to get hold of it in an attempt to expand her empire, and conquer the world!

The Huntsman: Winter’s War Review
By far my favourite scene

I feel almost exactly the same about this film as I did about the first Huntsman, and I can pretty much sum it up in one sentence. Even though there are a load of good elements that went into making this film, none of them can make up for the boring reinvention of this classic tale. This is a story that didn’t need telling, and it’s abundantly clear because this film struggles to be interesting at any point. Even when there are some pretty good visual effects, and half decent action sequences, it all just feels unnecessary.

So what about the additions to the cast? Emily Blunt is decent as the villain, although some of her outfits are a bit distracting, but Jessica Chastain is hard to watch. If you thought Chris Hemsworth’s Scottish accent was bad, wait until you hear Chastain give it a go. It’s really amazing that we still get bad accents like this in wide releases with this budget, and it’s now very obvious why they didn’t show much of her dialogue in the trailers.