Movie Review: The Huntsman (2016)

It’s not really nice to see fairy tales gone bad. Or unpleasant stories being linked to fairy tales, you know. Especially when they try to make it into a movie. For one, parents would unknowingly bring their children to the theatres thinking that t’is all about this and that. But unfortunately, not.

Like the case of The Huntsman which is said to be the prequel of Snow White and The Huntsman, remember that film? Anyway, let’s then just take a look at Winter’s War..

Oh, reminds us of a mix of some movies like ‘Frozen’. Though in this one, both sisters, Ravenna and Freya are on the bad side of things. And as the synopsis goes.. Betrayed by her evil sister Ravenna (Charlize Theron), heartbroken Freya (Emily Blunt) retreats to a northern kingdom to raise an army of huntsmen as her protectors. Gifted with the ability to freeze her enemies in ice, Freya teaches her young soldiers to never fall in love. When Eric (Chris Hemsworth) and fellow warrior Sara (Jessica Chastain) defy this rule, the angry queen does whatever she can to stop them. As war between the siblings escalates, Eric and Sara unite with Freya to end Ravenna’s wicked reign.

Hmm… something’s overlooked here. It’s not like Freya became good halfway through the story, but she only joined Eric and Sara at just about the end of the film because Freya learned that Ravenna cursed the Duke of Blackwood into murdering her child, rather than risk someone being more beautiful than her. A case of vanity, huh?! And revenge. Too bad.

The Cast
The Cast

MORAL LESSONS 

The heart is treacherous and love is nothing more than a fairy tale. Also, there’s no hope in love, it only ends in betrayal. Wow, what beliefs?! No wonder people nowadays don’t believe in ‘forever’. No wonder why many stray away from what’s pure and just take things for granted. Enjoying the moment is nice but commitment is better.

Some evil can not be truly vanquished. True. This is why it’s important to train our minds and kids the right and pure way — so whatever twisted beliefs we hear or see would not change us to bad.

Some fairy tales do come true but none truly ends. While it’s nice to dream, be alert before it turns into a nightmare. More than things going your way, as a believer, watch out for things not going God’s way. That’s the ‘real’ nightmare!

MORE OBSERVATIONS 

Chris Hemsworth
Chris Hemsworth

Although the cast is powerful, the story only wasted it. Chris Hemsworth is like today’s Mel Gibson — his voice, his characters particularly in sword-and-sandal, or adventure films.

The use of narration is not bad but sometimes it gives one the idea that the plot is sketchy, so help your children understand what’s really right and wrong in the movie, that is if you bring them.

The final lines of the film was nice, ‘once upon a time there was a beautiful queen whose heart was broken too, but even buried under ice and snow, love survives’; then again, with too much spotlight on the ‘evils’ of the sisters, such positivism sort of became useless.. Much like the reflection of the film’s bottom line as of press time — budget $115 million, box office $43.2 million.

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