The Huntsman: Winter’s War

“So I had my day all planned out since earlier this week when movie times were out (is anyone even surprised that I do this?) Pretty standard plan. Yoga. Double movies. Blue Apron. Warcraft. And then I got a text at 6:30AM for an opportunity I couldn’t pass up. Actually, I’d first gotten one at midnight for 4:30, but didn’t think it was worth interrupting my sleep. The 6:30 WE-NEED-PPL-IMMEDIATELY was worth it. Unfortunately, I’m not really at liberty to discuss exactly what that opportunity was, but you can bet I’ll blog about it once I’m allowed (December maybe?)

Anyways, I knew enough about the timelines to assume that my original movie plan was out the window. The question was would I be able to make it up in the afternoon, or push off to tomorrow? At 1:30, it became clear that freedom was in sight. Not that I had been particularly trapped or that I didn’t have something else absolutely gorgeous in my sight for a while (cryptic much? Still not telling!). I checked movie times and saw a 2:30 start time combo that work would. Otherwise, a double wouldn’t work until much later. I was out at 2:40 and the movie theater was about 10 min away. All of this is just a really long and roundabout way of admitting that I missed the first 15 minutes of the movie (and had to buy a ticket for something else in order to get in), but I didn’t think it’d be a big loss.

To be completely honest, I wasn’t too thrilled when this prequel/sequel mix was announced. I was rather underwhelmed by the first, which had lots of pretty but not lots of happenings. This one looked like it might fall into the same trap. However, I will say that I was quite excited about the visible girl power in this one. Besides Charlize Theron’s powerful evil queen, we have her ice queen sister played by Emily Blunt. And aiding the returning Mr Chris Hemsworth (swoon) is the ass kicking Jessica Chastain. 3 tough damsels, none of whom are in distress? This is a concept I can get behind.

Well I wasn’t quite as bored as with the previous outing, but it was still kinda thin. So Chastain and Hemsworth were soldiers for the ice queen. They fell in love (aww…or something) but then the ice queen rips them apart because she’s bitter (or something). Time jump where the previous movie happens. Now ice queen wants evil queen’s mirror and Hemsworth wants to stop it and there’s fighting and dwarfs and beautiful costumes and predictability all over the place.

So yeah, would not be surprised to see Colleen Atwood pick up yet another Academy Award nomination for her costume work, as these were incredible (the queens in particular, and extra particular the ice queen). Otherwise, we’ve got minimal improvement over the first, but still not enough to get too excited about anything other than Chris Hemsworth’s body (and oh what a body). And it was a cool excuse to see such a great cast have fun on the late night circuit, but otherwise, I don’t expect anyone to be thinking about this film past next week, especially since this fab four each have their own exciting next projects to look forward to

The Huntsman: Winter’s War – \m/ \m/ \n”

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