starring Chris Hemsworth, Charlize Theron, Emily Blunt, Jessica Chastain
written by Evan Spiliotopoulos and Craig Mazin
directed by Cedric Nicolas-Troyan
by Walter Chaw It's not offensive, or provocative, or particularly funny, or especially exciting. It doesn't do anything very well, but neither does it do anything very poorly. It has a ridiculously overqualified cast game for anything in the way that good sports are when engaged in a losing battle against poor pacing and essential silliness; frankly, I don't have anything against silliness per se. In that spirit, Cedric Nicolas-Troyan's The Huntsman: Winter's War (hereafter Huntsman 2) reminds a lot of pleasant disasters like Ladyhawke and Krull, with its biggest crime maybe being that it's not ridiculous enough, given how the fantastic commitment of Charlize Theron, reprising her role from the previous film (which I'm sure I saw and probably reviewed), seems ultimately squandered. A shame that she's in the movie for about five minutes, spending some of that as a CGI phantom and a lot of that screaming. It's telling that she still manages to be the most interesting thing in it.