Your parents are dead. You are alone and scared, in a cage slowly making its way to the feared Freya, Ice Queen of the North. When you make it there, you are herded out and into the Queen’s sanctuary. She makes a speech about the “false treachery” of love. To make a point, she interrogates a child, leaving him with frostbitten finger marks that will never, ever, ever disappear. She ends with a grand finale, saying “You will train. You will become my Huntsmen!”
“The Huntsman: Winter’s War” follows a blood and guts take on the fairytale “Snow White.” Freya, sister to the evil queen Ravenna in “Snow White and the Huntsman,” suffers a heartbreak that unleashes her magical powers. Fleeing to the north, Freya builds a castle and borrows her sister’s soldiers to kidnap children: “If I cannot raise a child, then I will raise an army.”
Ravenna’s magic mirror has gone missing. The mirror contains dark magic that can whisper in your ear, turning you against even your very best friend since childhood. Eric (the Huntsman) searches for the mirror, discovering all is not as it seems…
The movie graphics are extremely accurate, from ice to liquid gold, and you can almost believe that Emily Blunt and Charlize Theron are actually performing magic. Also, the computer generated images for the fairies, magic creatures and the like are incredible! The artistic interpretation of the characters is brilliant, going through changes in a character’s personality, and acting just as chivalrous, annoying, or evil as the role calls for. I like “The Huntsman: Winter’s War” more than “Snow White and the Huntsman,” because the magic and action are even better. The opposition for the Huntsman is much more skilled than in the previous movie, which levels the playing field for Eric.
Secrets uncovered, magic used, and battles fought, “The Huntsman: Winter’s War” is a thrilling action movie that will not fail to entrance you. I recommend this movie for anyone who likes fantasy action movies. In theaters now and rated PG 13 for mild swearing, fantasy action violence and some sensuality.