26 September 2016

Huntsman Winter's War

Huntsman: Winter’s War 2016
  • Director: Cedric Nicolas-Troyan
  • Based on book, no, but a fairy tale or two
  • Cast: Chris Hemsworth, Charlize Theron, Emily Blunt, Jessica Chastain, Nick Frost, Rob Brydon, Sheridan Smith, Alexandra Roach, Sope Dirisu, Colin Morgan
  • Personal “oh yeah him/her” reaction, i.e. have seen this actor in:
    • Chris Hemsworth - Thor
    • Charlize Theron – Mad Max Fury Road, Prometheus, The Road, Battle in Seattle, In the Valley of Elah, North Country, Monster, Sweet November, Men of Honor, The Cider House Rules, The Astronaut’s Wife
    • Emily Blunt – Edge of Tomorrow, Salmon Fishing in the Yemen, The Young Victoria, Sunshine Cleaning, Dan in Real Life, The Jane Austin Book Club, My Summer of Love
    • Jessica Chastain – Interstellar, The Help, The Tree of Life, Coriolanus, Veronica Mars
    • Nick Frost – The World’s End, The Boat that Rocked, Hot Fuzz, Kinky Boots, Shaun of the Dead
    • Rob Brydon – Extras, Little Britain, 24 Hour Party People, Cold Lazarus
    • Sheridan Smith – The Quartet
    • Alexandra Roach – Testament of Youth
    • Sope Dirisu – Humans
    • Colin Morgan – The Living and the Dead, The Laughing King, The Fall, Humans, Testament of Youth, Quirk, The Tempest (on film and on stage), Merlin, Island, Parked, The Catherine Tate Show, Doctor Who
  • Why? Colin Morgan
  • Seen: 23 September, 2016       

       It may seem foolish to buy a film for the sake of a small role played by Colin Morgan, a film that got very poor reviews, but Morgan in his bit parts is often more worth seeing than Oscar winners in their winning films. Besides, the whole cast is good so maybe it’s better than its reputation.
       It’s not.
       It’s the story of the wicked queen Ravenna (Theron) before Snow White. Ravenna has a sister Freya (Blunt) who has a lover, a nobleman (Morgan) who is betrothed to another, though Freya is carrying his child. He betrays her (we later see he was forced to under enchantment). Freya leaves to found her own violent frozen realm where she rules as the Ice Queen. She has one law. No love.
       Two of her captured children warriors, Erik and Sarah, grow up and fall in love.
       Snow White’s kingdom arises, the narrator tells us. The magic mirror makes its appearance.
       It’s amusing at times but it’s awfully long. It picks up a bit at the end but the cast deserves a better film. And what a criminal waste – Colin Morgan gets one tiny line in three tiny scenes of no more than two seconds each. Why did he bother?

2* of 5.  

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