As his kingdom is being threatened by the Turks, young prince Vlad Tepes must become a monster feared by his own people in order to obtain the power needed to protect his own family, and the families of his kingdom.
Having endured his legendary twelve labors, Hercules, the Greek demigod, has his life as a sword-for-hire tested when the King of Thrace and his daughter seek his aid in defeating a tyrannical warlord.
Evil sorceress Queen Ravenna's powers allow her to know that her younger sister Freya, whose powers have not yet emerged, is not only involved in an illicit affair with an already elsewhere engaged nobleman Andrew, but is also pregnant with his child. Sometime after Freya gives birth to a baby girl, Freya discovers that Andrew not only reneged on his promise of elopement with her but also murdered their child. In a grief-fueled rage, her broken heart freezes over and she kills him with her sudden emergence of powers - the elemental control of ice..
In the first film, Ravenna's brother, Finn (played by Sam Spruell) taunts Eric (played by Chris Hemsworth) about his wife's death. He implies that he is the one who attacked and killed Sara while Eric was away (off to war). In this film, however, as Freya's trick, Sara is shown to be killed by a fellow huntsman before Eric's eyes. See more »
What does the mirror show you? What do you see? An oft told tale. That of Snow White, how she vanquished the evil Queen Ravenna and took her rightful place on the throne. But there is another story, one you have not yet seen. One that comes long before "happily ever after."
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The world in the Universal logo turns to gold and morphs into a mirror. See more »
The Indian release was cut, in order to obtain a UA rating the distributor made reductions to the sex scene between Sara and the Huntsman as well as muting all uses of the term 'bitch' from the film's soundtrack. See more »
Castle (The Huntsman: Winter's War Version)
Written by Halsey (as Ashley Frangipane) and Lido (as Peder Losnegård)
Performed by Halsey
Orchestral Arrangements by James Newton Howard
Courtesy of Astralwerks
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A Bitter Disappointment | Review of 'The Huntsman: Winter's War'
This movie had so much potential, but all of it went down the drain. At first look, it seems like a great move for Universal to distance itself from Stewart and the director Rupert Sanders of the previous film because some bad press is bad press. That scandal hurt sales, everyone knows it, and it did not receive many great reviews, probably the biggest fault in the previous was the story which wasn't praised. This film, while written by different people, suffers that same problem.
It is such a thin story. It exists, there is something tangible that holds this film together, but as a whole, it's rather sloppy and the Queen's themselves, Theron and Blunt, they don't get enough screen time as they should have to bring this film to life in a cohesive manner. Winter's War recaps the Huntsman past and gives the origins of the Ice Queen, Freya, (Emily Blunt), that itself leads to some discrepancies regarding the Huntsman's role in the previous film, but the biggest problem here is it takes too long. The film moves at a snail's pace. It takes about an hour and more to get to the damnable evil mirror before it finally speeds up, and brings back the evil queen, Ravenna (Charlize Theron) who gave an incredible performance. Theron and Blunt have a powerful dynamic in this film, and as evil queens, they are very different, giving their characters different strengths and weaknesses. However, they were hardly in the movie. All of Theron's screen time is in the various trailers, adding up to about 20 to 25 minutes of the film. There should have been more of her; there should have been more of the Queen's, in general, to give the story an actual story line that doesn't fall apart at the seams. Yes, the movie is about the Huntsman (Chris Hemsworth) and yeah, he was funny, he gave an excellent performance alongside Jessica Chastain, who was also great to watch, but their story, their forbidden love story, it was neither unique nor powerful.
This movie feels empty, insubstantial in its story making. It almost feels as if the writers just wanted to capitalize on the Frozen popularity while it is still high. Once Upon a Time did that, but they were successful because they wrote a story not just around Elsa but also the original Snow Queen. Given all the material out there on the Snow Queen, the writers at least got her character right, but that's it, even a great performance by Blunt cannot save the character from an empty story line. She wants to control; she wants power, and she wants to dominate? Her motivation doesn't reflect her pain or explain her actions, stealing kids does, but waging war doesn't. Moreover, her reasoning for wanting the mirror is unclear. Does she want it for its power? Does she want it because it once belonged to her sister? Clear motivation is lacking in this story, and with two evil queens, it should have been action packed, it should have been captivating and enthralling, but the story is a mess. The only thing that moves throughout the film is the fact that Hemsworth needs to get the mirror away from the Queen and destroy it.
With so much potential and renowned actors, this movie could have been something great instead of the bitter disappointment that it was.
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