“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