FAIRYTALE LOVE: Chris Hemsworth and Jessica Chastain in a scene from the movie The Huntsman: Winter's War.
FAIRYTALE LOVE: Chris Hemsworth and Jessica Chastain in a scene from the movie The Huntsman: Winter's War. Giles Keyte

The Huntsman: Winter’s War

MIRROR, mirror on the wall, what's the silliest film of them all?

The Huntsman sequel must come close.

It's a half-baked mish-mash of a movie with ingredients taken from Disney's Frozen, Tolkien, Game of Thrones and the Brothers Grimm, and with a bit of Wagnerian bombast added for good measure.

The performances here are spirited enough in a rollicking Hackney Empire Christmas pantomime, now-I-see-you, now-I-don't, sort of way. It is the premise and the plot that really drag The Huntsman down.

As the film starts, sweethearts Eric The Huntsman (Chris Hemsworth) and Sara, The Warrior (an impressively buffed-up and Amazonian-looking Jessica Chastain) are split apart by Freya, The Ice Queen (Emily Blunt), an unhappy sort herself who has a nasty habit of freezing anybody who falls in love behind her back. The real villainess of the piece is Freya's more evil sister Ravenna (Charlize Theron). She seemed to die in the first movie, Snow White And The Huntsman, but rematerialises in gold lamé here.

Confusingly, this is a prequel as much as a sequel. Snow White herself (played by Kristen Stewart in the first movie) is nowhere to be seen.

Whenever Freya loses her temper, rivers turn to ice or glacial walls appear from nowhere. It is just a pity the director was so busy with the VFX that he never stopped to look in the mirror and to ask what on earth the film was supposed to be about.



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