As the saying goes, “Hell hath no fury like a women scorned.” This is the overarching theme of “The Huntsman: Winter’s War.”
The sequel to “Snow White and the Huntsman” (2012) tells the tale of Ravenna’s (Charlize Theron) sister, Queen Freya (Emily Blunt) and how she becomes cold-hearted. If you’re thinking about putting this film on your weekend watch list, check out my radar rating to see how the sequel measures up.
Plot: “The Huntsman: Winter’s War” picks up where the original film left off. The Huntsman (Chris Hemsworth) has succeeded in helping Snow White defeat her stepmother, the evil Queen Ravenna. It appears that Ravenna has been obliterated and all that is left is her gold mirror, but before Ravenna met her demise, we learn that she had a sister. Her sister Freya is kind and loving—the polar opposite of her wicked sister. When she believes she is betrayed by her lover and her newborn child is murdered, Freya unleashes her anger and builds a kingdom to rival that of Ravenna’s.
Engagement: The aesthetic aspects of this film are what makes it truly shine. From gilded costumes to colossal castles, the beauty of the film is so powerful that it serves as a supporting character. It’s hard not to be enchanted by the visuals and glued to the screen. Where the plot sets the stage for a classic fairytale, the special effects, set decoration, and costume design, make this film amazing!
Style: The costume design of Colleen Atwood (Alice In Wonderland) is sheer mastery. Queen Freya a.k.a the “Ice Queen” is an opulent icicle that literally jingles when she moves about. She has hair hair white as snow and is adorned in frosty silver gowns dripping with metallic embellishments. Her accessories are just as lavish like an icy mask, the heart-broken queen uses to project her omnipotent powers through the eyes of an owl that allows her to see what others are doing. Similarly, Ravenna reigns in a golden feathered cape and jeweled crown.
Release: Friday, April 22nd
Image source: Universal Pictures