Coming to theaters this Friday from director Cedric Nicolas-Troyan is the next chapter in the story that involves “The Huntsman: Winter’s War.”

Two sisters, Ravenna (Charlize Theron) and Freya (Emily Blunt) rise as royalty in a kingdom created by Ravenna. When Freya falls in love and becomes pregnant, sister isn’t happy about it. Creating a horror, Freya finds her powers and they are icy cold. Leaving Ravenna behind, Queen Freya is re-born.

Now, to create her own army, Queen Freya begins abducting children including Eric (Chris Hemsworth) and Sara (Jessica Chastain) to train them to become Huntsman. In this kingdom there is one unforgiveable rule — never to love!

When Eric and Sara’s affections become known by the Queen, she makes sure that they will never be together. Eric manages to escape and that is how he came into service of Snow White.

When William (Sam Claflin) comes to Eric in the woods, he asks that the mirror used by the now dead Ravenna be taken to a safe place and far away from Snow White. Agreeing to help, Eric also becomes stuck with the very small Nion (Nick Frost) and Gryff (Rob Brydon).

But nothing is as it seems and Eric is reunited with Sara who has serious unresolved issues with Eric. That has to be put aside if the group is going to find the mirror and keep it from Queen Freya who is now also looking for it.

With the help of the equally small Mrs. Bromwyn (Sheridan Smith) and Doreena (Alexandra Roach), the group fights to do what’s right. When the clash between sisters begins, they must all hang on for the fallout.

Sibling rivalry will have no bounds!

Blunt as Queen Freya is absolutely stunning and I say that because I am so partial to her. I absolutely love everything that she does so even if I’m not all in regarding the film I am definitely loving her frosty look.

Hemsworth as Eric gets his story told and a ginger love interest to boot! Wielding his ax in service of trying to keep the mirror from anyone who would use it for evil, its going to be a big fight. He is big, he is bad and he gets the job done – I mean what would you expect from a Huntsman who is a part time hammer thrower in another life?

Chastain as Sara is the badass arrow shooter in leather who ‘never misses’ according to Eric.

Frost as Nion is cute and makes me laugh, his buddy Brydon as Gryff is equally as funny — even when they are pretending to be hostile. Smith as Mrs. Bromwyn is as bad as she wants to be proving that dynamite does come in small packages. Roach as Doreena is so sweet that it’s obvious she’d have a soft spot for Nion.

Theron as Ravenna is obviously awesome! She can just stand there and say nothing and the evil rolls off of her into the audience. Yep, she makes one heck of an evil Queen in her own right and no one or nothing is going to stop her from taking what she wants – not even an Ice Queen of a sister!

Other cast include Sope Dirisu as Tull, Sam Hazeldine as Leifr, Sophie Cookson as Pippa, Conrad Khan as Young Eric, Niamh Walkter as Young Sara and Nana Agyeman-Bediako as Young Tull.

TUBS OF POPCORN: I give “The Huntsman: Winter’s War” three tubs of popcorn out of five. Honestly I felt like I was in the middle of a “Lord of the Rings” and “Narnia” mash up — and Liam Neeson narrates so I’m not so far off the mark. Even Queen Freya comes up on a polar something or other not unlike the White Witch in Narnia.

I was also expecting a heck of a lot more of Ms. Theron so I’m not sure how they can call it a war of sisters if one of the sisters isn’t really there all that much. It’s more like a war with Queen Freya herself. Apparently narcissism mixed with hostility runs in that family. There is plenty of action, back story and special effects.

Look, its fine that it’s meant to be a grown up fairy tale I suppose — I guess I just don’t really want a grown up fairy tale. I’m perfectly content with Snow White and her seven friends, I’m okay with Cinderella and her mice friends, I’m certainly thrilled with Sleeping Beauty and singing in the woods with her furry and feathered friends.

In the end — it is the story before Snow White!



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