Once upon a time there was a film called Snow White and the Huntsman. The film hit theaters in the summer of 2012 and brought a new take to the classic fairy tale. However the film was met with mediocrity as the reviews for the blockbuster fairy tale were not welcoming. However the movie did well enough in the box office to the point where it could garner a sequel. So with Snow White getting her happily every after, how could filmmakers create another movie in this fantasy series? The answer is centering on the second part of the 2012 movie: The Huntsman. Taking center stage is none other than Chris Hemsworth as reprises his role in the new film-The Huntsman: Winter's War. Directed by Cedric Nicolas-Troyan (whom was the 2nd Unit Director to Snow White and the Huntsman), the new film was advertised to be the story before the first movie as it would tell the origin of Eric the Huntsman. With a sense of fantasy and adventure in its trailer, this continuation looked promising; but was The Huntsman a blockbuster filled with magic or was it just a grim experience?
The tale to The Huntsman centers on Eric who tasked to track down the Evil Queen Ravenna's (Charlize Theron) magic mirror that seems to be wrecking havoc on Snow White's kingdom. Unfortunately Eric is not the only one searching for the item as the Snow Queen, and Ravenna's sister, Freya (Emily Blunt) seeks the power of the mirror. On this journey The Huntsman encounters Sara (Jessica Chastain): the love of Eric's life whom he believed to be dead. Together with a company of dwarves (Nick Frost, Rob Brydon, Sheridan Smith and Alexandra Roache) the former Huntsmen set off to find the mirror before Freya's forces can retrieve the mystical object.
The Huntsman: Winter's War is definitely not a must see for this year, but I would be remiss to completely disregard this blockbuster. The performance of this movie was hindered from its obvious plot and its directionless characters, but that is not to say that this Fantasy Spin-off does not have its share of merits. While things were obvious, the movie was still a fun adventure filled with performances that were both solid and entertaining. The Huntsman may not be the fairest of the them all, but that by no means makes this Fantasy Adventure a grim experience.