Here’s an odd conundrum: this sequel is actually better than the original Snow White and the Huntsman. But who cares? The original was painfully bad at times, though it garnered an audience. The result is an utter waste of the talents on the screen, not because it is awful, though it is sadly predictable from start to finish, but because it was pointless.
The four topliners, Charlize Theron (Kubo and the Two Strings), Jessica Chastain (Crimson Peak), Emily Blunt (Sicario), and Chris Hemsworth (The Dressmaker) are all talented and committed to their roles. Even when those roles are poorly written, they bring life to them that only a good actor can. There are even good supporting characters in Sheridan Smith (Hysteria), Alexandra Roach (Utopia), Nick Frost (Doctor Who: Last Christmas), and Rob Bydon (The Trip). Note that out of this list the majority are strong women.
But, again, who cares? This was just a money grab attempting to capitalize on the success of the previous movie and it was obvious. Huntsman wraps the events of the first film from the history before to a resolution that occurs post the “happily ever after” we already knew. Admittedly, director Nicolas-Troyan, though fairly new to features, did a credible job creating a movie out of what he had to work with. And what he had to work with was a middling and unsurprising script by two writers who’s previous credits included such gems as Hercules and The Hangover III. So, what can you expect.
It is pretty. It has some amusing moments and some good fights. It is entertaining and the actors are all clearly having fun, but there are better fantasies and stories with which to spend your time unless you really want to see these actors. I’d hunt elsewhere for entertainment, as did most of the movie-going public when it was released.