I didn't have very high hopes for this film, as the trailer didn't look phenomenal and the reviews were horrible, however I was actually pleasantly surprised by the film.
The writing wasn't phenomenal. It was predictable, and it required the audience to believe that some of the events didn't happen in the first movie because of magic. The incorporation of Freya seemed solely to target the audience that liked "Frozen". There was no mention of Ravenna having a sister in the first film at all, either. The film was also not what I was expecting from the advertisements, however that was okay. That being said, I still thought that this movie was more enjoyable than the first. I had also heard some complaints about how it was both a prequel and a sequel, however it is not nearly as confusing as I had heard.
The visuals of the film, for the most part, were still pretty good. The cinematography was very good. The only CGI that I didn't like was that of the goblins. They looked very fake and animated, almost to the point of being laughable.
The acting wasn't quite as good, either. Charlize Theron seemed like she was less dedicated to this role than she was in the previous film. Emily Blunt was good, though, and Chris Hemsworth was still good too. I personally am not a fan of Jessica Chastain, with a few exceptions, and this is not one of them. I found her to be annoying in this movie.
So while, "The Huntsman: Winter's War" my not be as well-made as its predecessor, I thought that it was much more enjoyable. As such, I think it deserves a similar rating.
The Huntsman: Winter's War
Big Tuna's Rating: B
How Did I Watch It?: In theaters.
Had I Seen It Before?: No.
Would I Watch It Again?: Yes.
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