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The Huntsman: Winter's War (2016)

PG-13 | | Action, Adventure, Drama | 22 April 2016 (USA)
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Eric and fellow warrior Sara, raised as members of ice Queen Freya's army, try to conceal their forbidden love as they fight to survive the wicked intentions of both Freya and her sister Ravenna.
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Young Eric
Nana Agyeman-Bediako ...
Young Tull


Eric and fellow warrior Sara, raised as members of ice Queen Freya's army, try to conceal their forbidden love as they fight to survive the wicked intentions of both Freya and her sister Ravenna.

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The story before Snow White

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for fantasy action violence and some sensuality | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

22 April 2016 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Snow White and the Huntsman 2  »


Box Office


$115,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$19,445,035, 24 April 2016, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$47,952,020, 12 June 2016

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$164,602,163, 16 June 2016
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Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Did You Know?


The pieces of the chess set in the opening scene are made from Onyx, which gives them the appearance of being made from ice crystals. They are quickly carved and cheaply mass-produced in Mexico. They are made to look like Mayan Temples and Pyramids. See more »


At the Winter Palace, just before he tries to jump, he pulls out an axe. Later after having failed the jump and crashed on the roofs, he safes himself with a axe that has a very different blade. The axe shown in the beginning would not have been able to grap the edge of the roof, and therefor was changed to fit the scene later. See more »


Ravenna: Why bother? You always win.
Queen Freya: You let me win.
Ravenna: You are my weakness.
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Crazy Credits

In the opening credits, the globe in the Universal logo turns to gold, then morphs into a mirror. See more »


Castle (The Huntsman: Winter's War Version)
Written by Halsey (as Ashley Frangipane) and Lido (as Peder Losnegård)
Performed by Halsey
Orchestral Arrangements by James Newton Howard
Courtesy of Astralwerks
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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The ice was cracking right from the start, and the film would have been unbearably cold had it not been for Blunt's ironic warmth
3 October 2016 | by See all my reviews

Plot/story: Snow White and the Huntsman didn't need a sequel. Or a prequel for that matter, and this film gives it both. The premise was already on very shaky ground and the ice started cracking right from the start. (The opportunities for ice puns are just too good to miss, I'm afraid). The plot was all over the place. The structure was totally disarranged (blame the prequel & sequel setup, I guess) and the narration at the start was not only annoying, it cramped the story as if it was almost trying to apologise for the film before it started. In addition, the back story was stupid and weak. Loopholes abounded. There was too much going-on. It felt cluttered (especially the prequel part), the whole story was weak, and I found it hard to "suspend disbelief". Swallowing Blunt and Theron's "god-given powers" and all the magic without any explanation, twisted my stomach.

Acting: The acting was decent. (I'll come to Emily Blunt's excellence just now...). Chris Hemsworth smiled a lot, Charlize Theron was underused and I thought her performance was halfhearted (she definitely wasn't on the same level as the first film, I thought). Except, that one line of hers "Oh Huntsman, I've missed you..." was killer. Jessica Chastain was definitely a good addition to the cast, and it was clear she was loving every minute of playing her badass Huntswoman. The dwarfs were portrayed by two brilliant comedians (Rob Brydon and Nick Frost) and while they did offer small comic relief, their lines were frequently short of witty and actual humour. This, however, is the fault of the script; definitely not the actors, who clearly were trying their best to work with what they had. And that brings me to...... The script. The dialogue, to be specific. And the dialogue was really bad and really boring. Another con: The chemistry between Hemsworth and Chastain was painfully forced. Chastain tried her best, but it just didn't work. In fact, there was more chemistry between Chastain and Blunt than there was between Mr. Huntsman and his stubborn wife. With the exception of Blunt, none of the actors gave their characters solid development. In fact, Blunt gave Freya more development in this one film than Hemsworth and Theron gave their characters in this film and the previous one combined.

Emily Blunt: Undoubtedly the biggest PRO of the film, only Emily Blunt can pull off an Ice Queen and still show warmth. She delivered a brilliant performance, even going so far as to bring tears to my eyes during the climax and her {SPOILER!} death. Blunt was excellent, heart- breaking, chilling, and extraordinary. I LOVED her performance.

Other: The cinematography was totally bland and boring and unoriginal. I was literally starving for some bright shots of the fantasy world and some creative angels to showcase Blunt's gorgeous ice powers. ( I kinda have an obsession with ice scenes. And the potential for good showcasing in this film made me ache with disappointment..). The action was good and exciting, but unfortunately it also felt forced, and, looking at the climax, too short-lived. Still, for the most part the action/fight scenes were decent and epic. And the CGI was very good.

Was this film better than Snow White and the Huntsman? Did I prefer it? I don't know. Chastain and Blunt were brilliant additions, but the story was weaker. Oh, and on a side note, Halsey's "Castle" during the credits was a brilliant choice of soundtrack.

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