Flash Movie Review: The Huntsman: Winter’s War

They share similar features, have the same inflection in their voice, with mannerisms that are alike, even from the same gene pool; yet they are nothing like each other. This is something that has always fascinated me: the similarities and differences between siblings. I always wanted to figure out what were the factors that caused brothers and sisters to turn out the way they did when they were from the same parents. One of the obvious things to me was the birthing order because I strongly believe there is unique baggage in being an older, middle or younger sibling. I have seen families who blatantly treated their first born child differently compared to their 2nd born. From the people I know who were the youngest of their siblings I know some people claim this group was spoiled the most by their parents. I do not totally agree with this; I just think by the time the youngest of at least 3 children have been born, the parents were too tired to care about the same things they once did with their older children. Personally I am not a fan of dressing up one’s children in the same clothing; I feel it takes a bit away from a child’s identity. Now when siblings display strong reactions towards each other, I have to wonder what took place in their childhood that caused such negative feelings towards each other. It is so perplexing to me that I notice when I am introduced socially to new people I tend to ask them at some point if they have any siblings. You should hear some of the responses I have gotten, but nothing that matches the siblings’ story in this fantasy adventure drama.   AFTER suffering a horrific loss Freya, played by Emily Blunt (Sicario, Into the Woods), decided to leave her older sister Ravenna, played by Charlize Theron (Young Adult, Mad Max: Fury Road), and stake out her own land where she would be the sole ruler. Her kingdom would have one major law: falling in love was not allowed. The special effects in this action film were certainly fun to watch with the actors. Besides Charlize and Emily there was Chris Hemsworth (In the Heart of the Sea, Thor franchise) as Eric and Jessica Chastain (Crimson Peak, A Most Violent Year) as Sara. I was stoked to see this cast especially in the fight scenes; however, the dull script ruined the already poorly thought out story. I could not believe two actresses like Emily and Charlize were not given more powerful dramatic scenes that they could easily have handled. With the multiple story lines I do not know if this picture was a prequel or sequel; it was totally baffling to me. The writers and director could have created a wild fantasy franchise but for me this movie was a bust. I do not know about you, but I have seen more sparks and drama at a family dysfunction.


1 ¾ stars         




About moviejoltz

From a long line of movie afficionados, one brother was the #1 renter of movies in the country with Blockbuster, I am following in the same traditions that came before me. To balance out the long hours seated in dark movie theaters, I also teach yoga and cycling. For the past 3 years, I have correctly picked the major Oscar winners... so join me as we explore the wonder of movies and search for that perfect 4 star movie.

Posted on April 25, 2016, in Fantasy/Sci-Fi and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 7 Comments.

  1. Granted I’ve not seen the first movie but when I saw the trailer for this I thought it looked like a weak film with glossy packaging. It seems like my instinct was right based on your review.

    Incidentally, I’m one of eight siblings and am nothing like any of the other seven and actually only my two sisters are alike. We all gave very different personalities and attitudes. I guess it’s how the nature and nurture balances out.

  2. I do think the order of being born has tons to do with it, as well as financial aspects. My parents had 6 kids, I was third born and had to wear my sister’s clothes (who was a year older than me) all the time when she grew out of them when we were in the 8 to 12 year old range. At that stage we were both in growth spurts, and my family couldn’t afford all the new clothes all at once with all the kids. I am so very different from my sister who is only 12 months older than me, in both ideology, politics, analytic ability, and other strengths/weaknesses. But we LOVE each other to death now, although we hated each other until I was about 16. Then we were best friends after that… My two youngest siblings ended up in another state when my parents moved and they didn’t live within walking distance of the private Catholic school that they got enrolled in, and they both got a car to drive themselves to it when they were of driving age. I did not get that, I had to walk to school or get a ride. That has nothing to do with the movie but everything to do with your prequel to your review.

    • Thank you so much for sharing a bit of your family with everyone. Because of the larger age difference between my brothers I did not get many hand me downs but always wondered what kids thought of getting such clothes. With my brothers and me none of us look alike, but we share similar quirks. Again thank you for taking the time to tell your story.

  3. I did not watch because it’s not my type of film

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