I found Director Cedric Nicolas-Troyan’s The Huntsman: Winter’s War a thoroughly enjoyable romantic action picture.
Screenwriter’s Evan Spiliotopolous and Craig Mazin wrote an interesting story based on Evan Daugherty’s characters and Casting Director Lucy Bevan could not have provided Nicolas-Troyan a more engaging cast than Charlize Theron, reprising her role as the wicked queen Ravenna in Snow White and the Huntsman, Chris Hemsworth, reprising his role as Eric the Huntsman from that same film, plus Jessica Chastain, playing his love-interest Sara, and Emily Blunt, playing Ravenna’s younger sister Queen Freya.
I saw the film in what is known as 4SX, which is not 3D, but more like a Disneyland experience where the seats are able to tip, shoot air and water (those with glasses may wish to turn that aspect off) and allow the viewer to feel the thrusts of fists and weapons in the battle scenes. I give this experience 70/30 success rate; most often fun, but sometimes a bit obtrusive. (You definitely won’t be able to fall asleep.)
Not that that would be the case with this film, however. In addition to the romance and action, there’s delightful humor provided by the dwarves played by Nick Frost, Rob Brydon, Sheridan Smith and Alexandra Roach, plus Cinematographer Phedon Papamichael’s fabulous images and Production Designer Dominic Watkins’ exciting sets to add to the enjoyment.
If you liked Snow White and the Huntsman, I think you’ll like The Huntsman: Winter’s War even more. I give it a 4 out of 5.