Calling all fairytale fantasy fans, your next indulgence is coming. The first trailer for “The Huntsman: Winter’s War,” a prequel to “Snow White and the Huntsman,” got its official release November 18th, and it looks intense to say the least. With a combination of new and old faces, extremely elaborate costume designs, some intense action sequences, and a threatening voice over, this initial trailer has enough to stir a high level of anticipation for the April 22nd release date.
The trailer suggests a battle between the Huntsman (Chris Hemsworth) and Freya (Emily Blunt), otherwise known as the Ice Queen. At the Huntsman’s side is Sara (Jessica Chastain), alternatively named the Warrior, who provides a powerful ally in battle and a romantic interest as well. But, let’s not forget an exciting component of team evil includes Charlize Theron’s reprisal of Ravenna, the Evil Queen. This star-studded foursome definitely suggests some awesome exchanges between villainy and goodness.
Granted the film does have a bit of a “Frozen” feel to it with Blunt playing the Ice Queen who has the ability to freeze what she wills. But, the film does not seem like one where there will be sing-a-longs or iceskating handholding nor does it seem like one in which Emma Swan will come save the day (sorry “Once Upon a Time” fans). After all, a battle to the death and a morbid voiceover courtesy of Blunt suggests one can assume a different take will be provided for the frozen aspect. If you’re looking for an Olaf-style snowman to lighten the mood, prepare to be disappointed.
Blunt’s return as the sinfully fun antagonist is long overdue. Not since “The Devil Wears Prada,” where she played the terribly amusing assistant Emily, has Blunt found herself working against the protagonist. The return is most welcome as her portrayal of the Ice Queen in “The Huntsman: Winter’s War” trailer looks both terrifying and exciting. The power of Blunt as the film’s villain is only strengthened by the pairing with Theron. Theron’s electrifying performance as Ravenna in the first film nearly stole the show. Putting Blunt and Theron together definitely ensures some powerful scenes, full of treachery and sheer evil.
The addition of Chastain to the Huntsman’s cause is an extremely intriguing development as well. Chastain, with her more recent films, such as “The Martian,” has begun to show a more physical side to herself in addition to her layered performances. With qualities combining elements of Katniss Everdeen and the Black Widow, Chastain’s performance is something to anticipate. Considering the film is a prequel to the 2012, things may not turn out well for Chastain’s character though.
As for Snow White, now that she has been taken out of the picture, the prequel is free of that question of how do we put our own spin on such a well-known fairytale. The only question becomes what happens before Snow White enters the picture.
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