The Huntsman: Winter’s War


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…)


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…)