Somewhat entertaining but empty for a sequel absolutely nobody was clamouring for. Like the first entry Theron outclasses everyone else around her and is almost a visual effect amongst visual effects. Blunt is under whelming here and Chastain surprisingly is almost as bland as Helmsforth. Effects, costumes and set design are often breathtaking but yet again it's the lazy scripting that does this one in.
About the nicest thing I can say about this putrescence is that the dwarfs were good. What would have been good is to have a sort of 'Rosenkrantz and Guildenstern are dead' situation, where the whole movie is from the dwarfs perspective, and they just wander through the stupid movie making smart remarks. No stupid action sequences, no love story, no sisters on crack.
i have never ever walked out of a film but i actually left this one. think the main issue is that it was a completely unneccessary story which no-one really wanted to be made. three of this generations greatest actresses and it was still an absolute mess and the only thing i liked about it was sheridan smith therefor one point for sheridan smith.
The three wonderful actresses carrying this film are wasted on a story filled with expired fantasy tropes, cheesy humor, poorly manufactured romantic drama and a perplexing climax. Chris Hemsworth as The Huntsman was relentlessly... muscular and roguish, like, I don't think he turned off his smirk for even one line. Good thing the ladies were pretty and the costumes were cool.
I'm still not sure how this movie happened. Theron is back for part 3 of her Chanel perfume ad; Chastain tries outdoing Theron for worst fake accent; and Blunt, for no clear reason, actually acts. And I kind of loved it. See it for the costumes, the CGI polar bear, and the confusing misuse of great actors.
It's sort of a shame... There's not much wrong with this: in terms of continuity and attention to detail. The fantasy world with odd CGI creatures in the background was a nice touch. Apart from the fact that it is Frozen for the YA crowd, it's just okay and much like the first one.
Everyday I ask myself why people waste the opportunities of making mostly female-led stories with mediocre films. Also: did they make this while opening TVTropes? Because the entire film used so many tired tropes that it becomes so unoriginal and uninteresting.