Post-“Fury Road,” Charlize Theron returns with Chris Hemsworth and some sparkling new additions in the prequel to “Snow White and The Huntsman.” With Kristen Stewart’s Snow White gone, in packaging the follow-up Universal chief Donna Langley cobbled together the strongest remaining elements for “The Huntsman: Winter’s War” (April 22, 2016).
Directed by Cedric Nicolas-Troyan, the Oscar-nominated VFX master behind the first film, this “epic-adventure” brings back the huntsman Eric (Hemsworth) and evil Queen Ravenna (Theron), who are joined by an ice queen and a warrior huntsman played by two strong actresses with action movie bonafides, Emily Blunt and Jessica Chastain, respectively.
The plot was clearly influenced by the success of “The Hunger Games” (see Chastain’s braids, leather jerkin and bow and arrow), Disney’s “Frozen” as well as producer Joe Roth’s “Maleficent” and “Alice in Wonderland.”
Long before Queen Ravenna was conquered by the sword of Snow White, she saw her sister, ice queen Freya (Blunt) suffer a betrayal and flee their kingdom. Freya, who has the ability to freeze her enemies, has spent decades exiled in a remote wintry palace raising a legion of deadly huntsmen—including Eric and warrior Sara (Chastain). But when the duo defied her one demand—not to love—they are banished. When Freya hears that her sister has been killed, she orders her soldiers to bring back the Magic Mirror, which has the power to resurrect her. Can Freya’s banished huntsmen fight their way back to one another, and defeat her armies?
Why am I interested in this? I want these actresses to kick ass in a movie that’s a lot better than the first one.