2012 brought about the decidedly average Snow White and the Huntsman starring Twilight’s emotionless Kristen Stewart. After the scandal of her fling with the film’s director Rupert Sanders, the planned sequel was binned, and was instead, with the wave of a magic wand, suddenly transformed into this spin-off, which focuses on the life of the Huntsman, played by Chris Hemsworth.

We all know fairytales, twisted or otherwise, are exceedingly popular at the moment, as are the Marvel films – and this looks like an insane mash-up of both genres. Thor swings his axes and generally looks rugged and masculine whilst attempting to kill the bad guys, here in the form of The Evil Queen (Charlize Theron, reprising her role from the original film), and newcomer Emily Blunt as The Ice Queen (anyone else getting Frozen/Chronicles of Narnia vibes here?)

The plotline appears to be quite simple, after Elsa – sorry The Ice Queen –  resurrects her evil sister, the hunky Huntsman and his forbidden love Sara (played by Jessica Chastain), must combine forces and defeat their wicked plot to take over the land, supported only by a lot of British actors playing helpful dwarves.

From the same producer as Maleficent and Alice in Wonderland, these two films also look to be massive influences on The Huntsman: Winter’s War, (two queens, chessboard respectively), whilst the costumes appear to be taking a leaf out of Game of Thrones’ book. In its defence, the trailer does look quite enticing in places, but I can’t help feeling this film premise has been done before (many, many times), and will be slightly clichéd. Despite its A-list cast, and the promise of another great performance from Theron, this film might do well at the box office, but critically, in my eyes, this is definitely a low entry.

Amy Wilcockson

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Images sourced from The Huntsman: Winter’s War, Universal Pictures

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