The Huntsman: Winter’s War

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Of course, we live in an age when the only currency in film seems to be whether there’s life for the story after the credits roll. From sequels, prequels, and spin-offs to books, video games, and TV shows, making a movie isn’t so much its own reward as a downpayment on years of profits made from all the other things you can stamp its name on. And then there’s The Huntsman: Winter’s War. It’s the epitome of these I.P.-obsessed times; a prequel and sequel to a hit film based on a fairy tale, and at once trying to attract old fans while attracting new ones by shaking things up just enough. And thus it fails on many levels.  (more…)

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A new trailer for The Huntsman: Winter’s War has just been released by Universal Pictures, and while Chris Hemsworth plays the title character, it’s Charlize Theron as Queen Ravenna that steals the show. Emily Blunt also strikes a fierce image as Ravenna’s sister, Freya, though it’s hard not to view her as Elsa from Frozen come to life. Jessica Chastain rounds out the main cast, playing Sara, a fellow warrior of the Huntsman with whom he takes up a taboo relationship; enraging the Queen.  Not something you generally want to do! (more…)