"Marred Fantasy Adventure"
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THE HUNTSMAN: WINTER’S WAR is well made and entertaining. Though this is the case, SNOW WHITE AND THE HUNTSMAN is better, with a clearer plotline and a more overt Christian worldview. THE HUNTSMAN: WINTER’S WAR still has a strong moral worldview where good overcomes evil. Also, the characters make a commitment to marry and protect one another. However, the positive worldview is marred by intense violence and a bedroom scene with brief nudity. So, MOVIEGUIDE® advises extreme caution for THE HUNTSMAN: WINTER’S WAR.
(BB, C, Ro, L, VV, SS, NN, A, M) Strong moral worldview of commitment in marriage, good versus evil, and motherhood, a statement that forgiveness is for “someone higher” to judge, mention of a higher power creating destiny, a funeral in a church but no cross seen, plus some Romanticism; four obscenities and one profanity; strong violence includes sword battles, woman is hit in the head and killed, man’s hand chopped off, woman grabs young boy’s face and scars him, child warriors, children being taken away from their family, wolves eat dead men; strong and light sexual content includes a brief scene of depicted sex, comments about sex outside of marriage, woman has baby with man who’s family has set him up in an arranged marriage and is betrothed, couple has just vowed to be married to each other and make vows to each other, though not done by a clergyman, and they sleep together after; an image of upper female nudity, scantily clad woman, and upper male nudity; drinking; no smoking; and, lying and greed but rebuked.
THE HUNTSMAN: WINTER’S WAR is a prequel to SNOW WHITE AND THE HUNTSMAN. This time Ravenna’s sister, Freya, is trying to freeze over the land, but the Huntsman, Eric, must try to stop her. THE HUNTSMAN: WINTER’S WAR has a strong moral worldview where good overcomes evil, but it also contains brief foul language, some intense violence and a lewd scene with brief nudity, so extreme caution is advised.
Ravenna is the evil queen who kills everyone that threatens her power. Her sister, Freya, has a tender heart, but when her lover kills her baby, she becomes evil as well. Believing love is destructive, her heart turns to ice, and she freezes the land.
Freya builds an army by stealing children away from their parents and then training them to be soldiers. From a young age she tells them that love is destructive, and she will be their mother. Two of the children seem to have excellent skills, Eric and Sara.
Years go by, and Eric and Sara have secretly fallen in love. One night the two sneak off, and Sara gives Eric her family necklace, to symbolize their marriage. The two take vows, saying they will never leave each other’s side and protect each other. In the morning, they decide to try to sneak away, but Freya stops them with her soldiers. She builds an ice structure in between the two. Sadly, Eric watches Sara being killed on the other side of the ice, while he gets knocked unconscious and disposed of in the river.
More years pass, and Eric is a huntsman who grieves at his wife’s grave. When the Prince tells Eric that the Magic Mirror has gone missing, he must search for it before Freya gets her hands on it. The Prince brings two dwarfs to aid Eric with this task, but they seem like more trouble then they’re worth. Eric must find the Mirror and stop Freya from building her kingdom and making it more impregnable.
THE HUNTSMAN: WINTER’S WAR is a well-made movie, and entertaining throughout. Though this is the case, SNOW WHITE AND THE HUNTSMAN is a better movie, with a clearer plotline and a positive, more overt Christian worldview. The storyline of this one takes longer to establish, seems more convoluted, and appears to have some plot holes.
However, the costumes are once again beautifully done. Also, the action scenes and suspense are exciting. Finally, the movie has many nice special effects.
THE HUNTSMAN: WINTER’S WAR has a strong moral worldview showing good overcoming evil. The characters make a commitment to marry and protect one another until death. Also, one character has a desire to be a mother and is distraught when her baby is killed.
That said, WINTER’S WAR has a lot of intense violence, brief foul language and a bedroom scene with brief nudity. So, MOVIEGUIDE® advises extreme caution.