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The Huntsman

Jessica Chastain as Sara, and Chris Hemsworth as Eric in The Hunstman: Winter's War
Jessica Chastain as Sara, and Chris Hemsworth as Eric in The Hunstman: Winter’s War

Yesterday we saw The Hunstman: Winter’s War.

The reviewer in our local newspaper gave it one and a half stars.

I think they were a little harsh.  I enjoyed the movie. I thought it was much better than the first one.  Sure, it probably won’t win any Oscars, and it would have benefited from a deeper story. But the characters were great.

Ravenna (Charlize Theron’s Snow White’s stepmother) was probably the weakest character (although very in character from the last movie).  Freya (Emily Blunt) was sympathetic, even if she did capture all the kids in the district and set them to fighting for her.  Chris Hemsworth (Eric) and Jessica Chastain (Sara) were great.

In this prequel to the original I really liked the way the backstory for the first movie (Snow White and the Huntsman) was fleshed out and made whole.  Great storyline, and totally believable. It all fitted together nicely.

Plus, it was nice to have a romance without all the usual angst. I mean, there was angst, but most of it was engineered by external parties, and there was a fair bit of trust in the relationship too.

And without giving too much away, there was also a measure of trust between many of the Huntsmen, who, let’s face it, had grown up together.

It was a nice little story.  Just what I was in the mood for.

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