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22 Apr, 2016 1 hr 49 mins U/A
Chris Hemsworth, Charlize Theron, Jessica Chastain, Emily Blunt, Nick Frost, Rob Brydon, Sheridan Smith, Sam Claflin, Alexandra Roach
In ping-ponging in between the sibling rivalry and the love story, the narrative fails to get too deep into either track. All said and done though, it’s the visual dazzle that keeps this one afloat.

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Story: 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.

Review: 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.
Avg Users’ Rating 2.6/5 ( 112 users )
SN Kannan
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.
gvr kumar
time pass.
Cool KA
Good to watch once.. nothing great though
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