The Huntsman: Winter’s War

Theatrical Release: April 22, 2016
The Huntsman: Winter’s War


As a war between rival queen sisters Ravenna and Freya escalates, Eric and fellow warrior Sara, members of the Huntsmen army raised to protect Freya, try to conceal their forbidden love as they combat Ravenna’s wicked intentions.

Dove Review

“The Huntsman: Winter’s War” is the sequel to the first “Huntsman” movie, with Chris Hemsworth reprising his role as “Huntsman”/Eric, and Charlize Theron returning as the queen, Ravenna. Emily Blunt plays Ravenna’s sister, Freya, who, following a tragedy, rules her own “icy” kingdom. In this installment, we see Eric as a child, along with Sara (Jessica Chastain), his destined true love.

The plot revolves around the loving Freya turning icy cold (in more ways than one) after a tragic event of great loss. She sets up a throne in her icy kingdom and declares that no one can love. She raises the children of the kingdom to hate and to obey her command. They are trained to fight, with swords and archery, and when Eric and Sara pledge their love to one another as adults, the frosty queen is determined to separate them.

The movie is filled with great battles, dwarfs and their humorous antics, frightening creatures of the woods, and a terrific battle between hate and love. Unfortunately, despite themes of love conquering all and loyalty, the movie’s battle scenes and violence, as well as an almost completely nude woman’s breast, are enough to prevent us from awarding the picture our Dove “Family-Approved” Seal

Content Description

Sex: Kissing scenes between several couples; a few innuendos, including a woman talking about "getting wet"; a couple becomes passionate, lying down, and a woman's breast is almost completely visible.
Language: G/O/G-3; P.O.-2; Bugger me-1; Bloody H-2; a few "Kiss my A" comments; "Bi*ch Queen"-1; Shut up is stated on a few occasions; "You're more stupid than I thought"; Name calling, apparently in a dwarfish language.
Violence: A lot of violence, even though much of it is in the fantasy vein; blood is visible in various moments, including bloody hands, blood on a man's chest, man and woman's face, and splattered on the ice when a woman is stabbed; arrow pierces man's chest; battle scenes with swords and weapons; several people die; corpses are on the ground; arrow is pulled from the back of a corpse; a battle in the woods with dark, frightening creatures with fangs; woman envelops dark creatures in flames when she shoots a flaming arrow; characters turned to ice; an evil queen sends black, rope-like arrows at people, attempting to kill them; children are knocked down; several men attack one man and wound him; man is kicked in the privates; dead monsters; a woman is shoved; woman is stabbed in back with knife.
Drugs: A tavern scene and men drinking.
Nudity: Shirtless man; woman's breast, especially from a side view, is almost completely visible; another scene of a very busty woman; bare shoulders of a couple, in the water, pledging their vows to one another; cleavage.
Other: A fire is in a castle, and a woman discovers her baby daughter has died in a burning crib; the crib, with ashes, is shown, but not the baby; death and grief; a woman pours a drink on a man's head when he apparently comes on to her; betrayal; tension between characters; a comment that people just can't help but sin.


Company: Universal Pictures
Writer: Evan Spiliotopoulos, Craig Mazin, Evan Daugherty
Producer: Joe Roth
Genre: Adventure
Runtime: 114 min.
Industry Rating: PG-13
Reviewer: Edwin L Carpenter