Snow White and The Huntsman, the unforgettable rebirth of Disney's Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, was the masterpiece of 2012, in my opinion. With visual effects like nothing you've ever seen before and enough dark violence to make the hairs on the back of your neck stand on end, this brutally haunting and breathtaking film was one I was dying to see more of. But now that my wish has come true, is a prequel really worth damaging the brilliance of the first movie?
Chris Hemsworth and Oscar-winner Charlize Theron return to their roles in The Huntsman: WinterÃ¢ÂÂs War, an epic action-adventure in which they are joined by Emily Blunt and Jessica Chastain, as well as director Cedric Nicolas-Troyan. Producer Joe Roth (who is known for his work on Disney's Maleficent and Alice in Wonderland) once again leads the team in a breathtaking new tale nested in the legendary saga.
The fantastical world of Snow White and the Huntsman expands to reveal how the fates of the Huntsman and Queen Ravenna are deeply and dangerously intertwined. Ever wonder how Ravenna knew the Huntsman before her encounters with Snow White? Turns out, The Evil Queen has a little sister who is just as powerful and who's hate is fueled by a broken heart and lust for revenge.
Freya, the queen of ice, is suffering from a longtime betrayal, because of which she flees her kingdom and plants roots in a remote sanctuary, far away from any other lifestyle. With FreyaÃ¢ÂÂs ability to freeze any enemy, the young ice queen has spent decades in a wintry palace, raising a legion of deadly huntsmenÃ¢ÂÂincluding Eric and warrior SaraÃ¢ÂÂonly to find that her prized two defied her one demand: Forever hardening their hearts to love. When Freya learns of her sisterÃ¢ÂÂs demise, she summons her remaining soldiers to bring the Magic Mirror home to the only sorceress left who can harness its power.
Once she discovers Ravenna can be resurrected from its golden depths, the wicked sisters threaten this enchanted land with twice the darkness it has ever seen. Now, their amassing army shall prove undefeatableÃ¢ÂÂ¦ unless the banished huntsmen who broke their queenÃ¢ÂÂs cardinal rule can fight their way back to one another.
I suppose there are pros and cons on both ends of this motion picture that's scheduled to hit theaters in April. Let's start with some of the cons, just to clear the air.
1. It's a prequel, not a sequel
Indeed, I think it's safe to say that we were all anticipating a continuation of the first film. While learning more about where the Huntsman came from and what happened to lead to the state we find him in at the beginning of the first movie would be interesting, Snow White and The Huntsman already sort of ended on a cliff hanger. The scene was left wide open, and I for one wanted to see more of what happened after the princess slays the dragon. However, because Queen Ravenna is killed at the end, there wouldn't really be a movie there, not unless they brought in a new villain.
In other words, while it seems everyone is growing sick of prequels and prologues, I have to believe that the directors have a great movie plot buried in The Huntsman. I'm staying open minded.
2. No Snow White
It's true, the fairest maiden in the land won't be making an appearance in this film. Though, I suppose for some, this only counts as a con if you're a fan of Kristen Stewart. While it's a bit apparent that Stewart was still in full on Bella mode (Stewart's character in the phenomenal Twilight Saga, 2008-2013) during her time filming, I still think she made a well rounded Snow White, all things considered. In light of the film's location and setting, this movie was not ever meant to be your typical Disney princess facade, so naturally, it needed a princess who wasn't flawless by any means. The story isn't about a graceful, chirpy, singing in the rain damsel, but about a damaged, strong-willed warrior who rises before her enemy and takes back her kingdom. In all fairness, I believe Kristen Stewart was the perfect actress to play the role and I enjoyed watching her storm the castle.
But in this new piece, Snow White is not the main character; her befriended ally is. So, it only makes sense to drop the curtain in front of Snow and open it up for the Huntsman. While I for one am going to miss seeing Stewart in this project, I do have all the faith in the world in Jessica Chastain that she can fill that female role flawlessly.
Along with Snow White, Prince William won't be returning either. While he may not have held the most important role in the previous movie, he was still a character that was easy to root for and one that will surely be missed in this upcoming production. Of course, it might simply be Sam Claflin that we'll miss. Either way, it's a loss in itself.
While the cons are pretty dimming, mainly the whole prequel scenario, the pros are quite numerous and definitely promising! Here are some of the new things that I'm excited to see:
1. Plenty of The Huntsman
I enjoy watching Chris Hemsworth in anything really, but I especially liked his fearless and terrifying nature in Snow White and The Huntsman. Throughout the first movie, I fell in love with his story that's only mentioned in passing and was deeply disappointed when we didn't get to learn a whole lot about it.
While his speech of guilt and grief over the breathing corpse of Snow White about his murdered wife was touching and tear jerking, it still wasn't enough to sustain my curiosity about this rugged man. Now that the Huntsman is getting his own movie, it looks like I may get an insight about his life before being summoned to hunt down an escaped prisoner after all!
2. Double the Evil
Charlize Theron was beyond amazing playing The Evil Queen in Snow White and The Huntsman. I'm not too shy to admit that for days after seeing the movie in theaters, I had horrific nightmares that she starred in. Her captivating yet terrifying appearance throughout the film was brilliant. You really believed every single word she said, which is something you don't experience from actresses too commonly. She was a force to be reckoned with and luckily, she is the only other character that will be making a reappearance in Winter's War. And it's not just her and her freaky lust for beating hearts; this time around, she's bringing backup.
Emily Blunt is starring as The Ice Queen, Ravenna's sister with a feud brewing against the Huntsman. Based off the trailer, it seems Freya is just as lethal as her sister, if not more so. We've recently seen what having ice powers makes you capable of from Disney's 2014 hit, Frozen. But unlike Elsa, Freya doesn't seem to grasp the concept of letting things go. We've already seen ice abilities in the hands of someone who uses their powers for good, so let's take a peek at what they look like when used for bad.
Now that all the cards are on the table, it's quite clear that The Huntsman is definitely going to be a film you won't want to miss out on! It may not be what we were hoping for or expecting, but I have no doubt that it's going to be just as mystical and daring as the first. We'll be reunited with old characters and introduced to new ones. And who knows? Maybe this prequel will be an eye opener to the first film and we'll gain a whole new appreciation for the story. Either way, it's going to be epic: a picture nobody will be forgetting about anytime soon.
Are you excited for 'The Huntsman: Winter's War'?