Monday, April 25, 2016

The Huntsman: Winter's War

Rated PG-13 / 1 hr 54 min / Action - Adventure - Drama

What is it about?

Back in the day there were two sisters, Anna and Elsa, who wanted to build a snowman. Wait... wrong movie, but maybe characters based off the same characters? Anyway, Anna helped Elsa release her power by using dark magics on her lover to have him eat all the gummy bears. She was furious and turned him into a popsicle. She heads north to start her own kingdom. She raises an army by stealing babies and training them to be Dougie dance instructors. With an army of them she will be as unstoppable as a T-rex with grabbers. It's never enough though and after the fall of her sister she now wants her sister's mirror.

You will like it if...

You liked Snow White and The Huntsman. This film likes its predecessor tries hard to be an epic fantasy film like the Lord Of The Rings movies, but falls short of that. Winter's War is very similar to the prior film. The strength is in its cast which is fantastic. I absolutely adore Jessica Chastain, Emily Blunt, and Charlize Theron. Hemsworth does his best to keep up, but the women are all more interesting characters even though he is the "star" of the film. The story is much better than the straightforward script put forth in the prior effort. In the end it is still predictable, but it does add some nice wrinkles that help with developing Chastain's character. The cinematography continues to be a strength of this series. Many people are calling this an unnecessary sequel and ripping it apart based on the prior film's failings, but I think this one is a superior effort. Yes the love angle(s) do get cheesy in spots and the film does suffer from a lot of the same weaknesses of the prior film, but I enjoyed it for what it is. It is a light bit of standard fantasy entertainment that features some of my favorite actresses.

Next Week

Godzilla has picked Keanu, deal with it! As always the movie selection is subject to change based on what is showing here in theaters.

Upcoming to DVD on April 26

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