The Huntsman

The Huntsman

Winter's War

DVD - 2016
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As a war between rival queen sisters Ravenna and Freya escalates, Eric and fellow warrior Sara, members of the Huntsmen army raised to protect Freya, try to conceal their forbidden love as they combat Ravenna's wicked intentions.
Publisher: Universal City, CA : Universal Studios, [2016]
Edition: DVD.
Branch Call Number: 791.43652 HUNTSMAN
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (114 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
DVD video,4 3/4 in.
digital,optical,5.1 surround,2.0 stereo,Dolby digital
anamorphic widescreen (2.40:1)
DVD-video,NTSC
video file,DVD video,region 1
Alternative Title: Winter's war

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willpell
Apr 01, 2019

The worst parts of this film are the parts which exist to make it a pre/sequel to the godawful Snow White movie with the girl from Twilight in it. These mostly comprise the first half-hour or so of the film, which I recommend skipping; eventually we get to the first big fight scene, featuring Hemsworth and Chastain separated by a wall of ice, and this is the part where this film turns into a halfway decent fantasy flick, with nice visual effects and at least a vaguely innovative story, though the acting is still pretty wooden and the plot is typically cliched. Overall, not too bad, though certainly nothing all that special. PS - several other commenters have mentioned feminism, which is a concern of mine, but I didn't see it. There are lots of female characters, but there film definitely revolves mostly around Hemsworth, and I didn't ever really feel I was being talked down to as a male viewer (other than by one particular character, where that was the whole point of her characterization).

MomoT Apr 04, 2018

Some ropey accents but there's plenty of fighting, romance and CGI magic to distract from that. An enjoyable fairytale-inspired outing that's actually more fun than the first film. Jessica Chastain's Sara kicks ass.

Library_Jill Feb 27, 2018

A prequel and sequel rolled into one, this story takes us back to show us the origins of the Huntsman character, and then zips past the story of the first movie to tell us what happens after Ravenna is defeated. I may be in the minority, but I actually enjoyed this story more than the original Snow White retelling. I thought the characters and story were more interesting, even though there were a few moments when I thought some elements looked uncannily similar to the most recent "The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe" movie, to my eyes.

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patch666
Jan 20, 2018

Bad film. but its not the "feminist left wing agenda" that some insecure male reviewers seem offended by that makes it bad ~ its bad film making, story, acting etc that makes it bad >> even Jessica Chastain and Emily Blunt cant save it

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Soleeuna
Dec 09, 2017

Not as good as the first one. Special effects are less and whole story is somewhat boring and predictable.

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Oct 04, 2017

Queen Ravenna's sister Freya has found the icy powers within her due to a horrific act of evil. Mourning for her baby she captures young children and trains them to fight for her. As they get older, two of the greatest fighters, Eric and Sarah, of the ice queens army, fall in love. Freya's jealousy rises. Teamed up with her sister Ravenna they look for the magic mirror seeking control over every kingdom. Eric and Sara must do whatever it takes to stop the mirror from getting into the wrong hands. Will Eric and Sara's love be able to defeat the wicked sisters or will their evil concur the land? 5/5 Stars
- @grumpykat of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

The first movie deserved a sequal; this movie was not it. Worse, it was just kind of dull and boring.

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Monolith
Feb 19, 2017

I watched this awhile ago, and I've already forgotten everything about it.

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Latin_Thinker
Jan 17, 2017

Absolute garbage. One of the most in your face brazenly feminist pieces of cinematic sludge out there. The story is an excuse to try and turn this leftist claptrap into a franchise and is about as believable as calorie free pizza.

The only saving grace is not having to see Kristen Stewart's dull expression for any length of time, which is also bizarre given that she was the main protagonist of the first film.

Females are depicted as being just as effective fighters as males and not just as adults but also as children! This is patently absurd. The movie also goes to great lengths to portray males as simpering love struck fools (like Hemsworth's Huntsman's character) who behave as females normally do (or did) in real life, while of course the females take the lead in being the strong, no nonsense type from beginning to end. I half expected Gloria Steinem to make a cameo as Ravenna's second sister with her own bra burning Queendom.

If you're a typical indoctrinated low testosterone male or a typical "grrrl power" twit you will love this film, everyone else should steer far away from this pc bs.

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duane767
Dec 10, 2016

A great cast but just not a great story which is a shame. There are not many directors who have three of the most talented and accomplished actresses in the world on one movie and present them with something below their talents.

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jimg2000
Dec 04, 2016

The lead in:
What does the Mirror show you? What do you see? An oft told tale. That of Snow White, how she vanquished the evil Queen Ravenna and took her rightful place on the throne. But there is another story, one you have not yet seen. One that comes long before "happily ever after."
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We blind ourselves to the truth because we are weak, because we hope. But there's no hope for love. Love ends in betrayal. Aye and always.
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In closing:
Once upon a time there lived a beautiful queen whose heart was broken in two. But even buried
under ice and snow, love survives.

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