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Times of India
In this prequel to Snow White & The Huntsman, sisters Queen Ravenna (Theron) and Queen Freya (Blunt) are both rivals with powers and ambitions of their own. Before they face each other off though, Freya must deal with two renegade warriors of hers, Eric the Huntsman (Hemsworth) and Sara (Chastain) who have fallen in love with each other.
A combination of Hemsworth, Theron and Chastain would seem like a fairly powerful cast line-up. But in this case, their collective talents seem to be a tad squandered on something that parades as great visual candy (read: costumes and scenery) some special effects (but of course, as a film like this would ride on that) but not very much else.
While it may seem that Huntsman may be in some way about Snow White, it really is about a breakdown in relations between the two women, one of whom (Freya) turns into an ice maiden - with all the accompanying powers - after her baby dies and she is pushed to the 'dark side' (not to be confused with the Star Wars dark side!) by Ravenna. Their costumes look fabulous no doubt, but whether by design or not, they're given very little room to maneuver in terms of a script, for the cast. That being said though, the love story angle that forms the other main aspect of this movie, is decidedly more interesting to watch, thanks to Hemsworth and Chastain's fairly decent chemistry.
Sure, Sara does kick some serious ass, and the two dwarves Nion (Frost) and Gryff (Brydon) do provide for some comic relief, but by and large, there is a sense of a lack of an emotional connection when it comes to the characters.
In ping-ponging in between the sibling rivalry and the love story, the narrative fails to get too deep into either track. Also, the idea of Freya being jealous of the deep love between Sara and Eric ("They're in love. They reek of it," she snarls to Ravenna at one point) is unexplained.
All said and done though, it's the visual dazzle that keeps this one afloat.
After Sony email hacks, Charlize Theron, who was being paid much less than Chris Hemsworth, refused to do the film unless she was paid an equal amount. Universal Studios then paid them both just over $10,000,000 each for the film.
The film was originally supposed to be a sequel to Kristen Stuart starrer, ‘Snow White and the Huntsman.’ However, it was later decided that the film be a prequel about the Huntsman.
The film is both, a prequel and a sequel, as it narrates how the Huntsman became the Huntsman and also how Revenna rose to power.
Sara, Jessica Chastain’s character, has been referred to in ‘Snow White and the Huntsman’ as the Huntsman’s late wife. It is, however, later revealed that she is still alive.
Long before her death, the evil sorceress, Queen Ravenna, learns that her younger sister Freya is engaged to the Duke of Blackwood and is pregnant. When Freya gives birth to a daughter, the Magic Mirror warns Ravenna of dire consequences should the infant be harmed. Sometime later, Freya discovers that the Duke has murdered their child and, in a grief-fueled rage, kills him with her long-suppressed ice powers.
Freya abandons the kingdom and builds herself a solitary ice palace deep in the North, murdering anyone who opposes her while amassing an army of children and molding them into trained warriors whose hearts will be forever hardened. When Eric and Sara, two of her most formidable warriors, fall in love and plan to elope, Freya creates a wall of ice to separate them before forcing Eric to watch as Sara is killed by her fellow Huntsmen. Unbeknownst to Eric, Sara is not actually killed; Freya has conjured a vision of Sara dying in order to permanently harden his heart. Sara, meanwhile, watches a similar vision of Eric running away before being taken to the dungeons.
Seven years later, following Ravenna's death at the hands of her stepdaughter Snow White, King William of Tabor comes across Eric and informs him that the Magic Mirror was taken while en route to a place known as "Sanctuary." Eric reluctantly sets off with Nion and Gryff, two of Snow White's allies, to find the Mirror, unaware that Freya has been secretly observing their conversation through a mask that projects her consciousness into the form of a white owl.
Eric, Nion and Gryff set out to discover the Magic Mirror. Upon their retreat, they are ambushed by another group of Huntsmen and rescued by Sara. The four set forth to find the mirror but are trapped by female dwarves Bromwyn and Doreena. Eric convinces Bromwyn to let them go, and Bromwyn tells them that the Goblins often hunt for valuable belongings and keep them near the Sanctuary, where no entrants ever return. She and Bromwyn agree to follow Eric to retrieve the mirror. The group is ambushed by the Goblins but are able to get the mirror for transport to the Sanctuary. On the next day, Freya's army has stolen the mirror, as she freezes Nion and Doreena and orders Sara to kill Eric. She deliberately shoots the arrow at his neck where he wears a necklace, seemingly killing him; Eric wakes up later and vows to face Freya in her icy kingdom.
Freya eventually activates the mirror, which turns out to be another form of Ravenna. Ravenna reveals she possessed herself into the mirror and waited for someone to free her. Meanwhile, Eric has infiltrated the icy kingdom and attempts to murder Freya, but he is stopped by Ravenna. Eric is able to convince a few huntsman to fight against Ravenna and Freya, claiming the love of brethren. The two sisters argue over the icy kingdom, during which Freya discovers that Ravenna cursed the Duke of Blackwood into murdering her child. Freya is filled with anger and turns against her sister, joining forces with Eric and Sara. Freya is killed, but not before she can freeze the magic mirror, as Eric throws his axe, destroying the mirror and Ravenna's spirit. The dying Freya witnesses Eric and Sara together, stating they were "lucky".
The icy kingdom and the frozen people are eventually freed, while Eric and Sara, Bromwyn and Gryff, and Nion and Doreena express their love towards each other. The film ends with the bird spirit of the magic mirror flying above the icy kingdom.
Another average fantasy movie with the goblins and fairies galore. Children will probably love it, in which case they could have done away with the "X" portions and made it purely family and children friendly. Some good action, and catchy scenes.....ok for seeing once I guess.