Hello! It’s T.G.I.F for most of you 9 to 5 folks but just another day for people like moi, where we get to do the thing we love *cheek in tongue* Sorry. Will try not to rub it in y’all faces. But my advice will be to do a job you’re passionate about. It helps lessen the Nigerian stress… I’m not going to touch that one today.
For some cheer, you’ll be glad to know that we’ve got a movie for the weekend. Yay! It is “The Huntsman: The Winter’s War”. The film, a sequel to the 2012 film Snow White and the Huntsman, is a 2016 American dark fantasy action adventure film based on characters from the German fairy tale “Snow White” compiled by the Brothers Grimm, as well as “The Snow Queen” by Hans Christian Andersen. The film is written by Craig Mazin and Evan Spiliotopoulos and with the directorial debut of Cedric Nicolas-Troyan, who acted as visual effects supervisor on the first film.
Reprising their roles from the first film, is Chris Hemsworth, Charlize Theron, Nick Frost and Sam Claflin. The film also introduces new characters including Emily Blunt, Rob Brydon and Jessica Chastain.
The sequel follows the story of the evil sorceress, Queen Ravenna, (Charlize Theron), who Long before her death plots to destroy younger sister Freya’s (Emily Blunt) illicit affair, in the process awakening her long-dormant ice powers. Freya goes on to build herself a new kingdom in the north, abducting children to be trained as fearsome huntsmen and forbidding them from falling in love. Despite the training, two of her best huntsmen Eric (Chris Hemsworth) and Sara (Jessica Chastain) fall in love with one another, secretly marry, and plan to escape together… Watch the movie to find out what happens next. Lol!
The sequel to Snow White and the Huntsman was initially planned with director Rupert Sanders, but plans changed in August 2012 to a spin-off film of the Huntsman instead. It was then reported that Universal authorized a sequel with Stewart set to reprise her role, but without Sanders to return as the director because of the scandal. By June 26, 2014, Deadline confirmed that Darabont was in talks to direct the sequel. Only to be announced later that Darabont had exited the film after he parted with Universal.
On July 31, 2014, it was said that the film would be a prequel titled The Huntsman, which would not star Stewart as Snow White and by January, 2015, that Hemsworth and Theron were set to return for the film, while Emily Blunt was being circled for a new role. Finally, that same January, it was confirmed that VFX specialist Cedric Nicolas-Troyan was set to direct the film.
Huntsman: The Winter’s War premiered in Hamburg on March 29, 2016 and was released in the United States on April 22, 2016, grossing $48 million in North America and $116.6 million in other territories for a worldwide total of $164.6 million, against a budget of $115 million.
In the United States and Canada, it was suggested that the film would open to $24–30 million, which was significantly lower than its predecessor’s $56.2 million opening in 2012. But in its opening weekend, it grossed a lower-than-expected $19.4 million, which was about 64% less the original film’s opening.
Internationally, the film ended its box office run lower than its predecessor’s total of $240 million ($190 million in today’s exchange). It was released in 18 countries two weeks ahead of its U.S. debut, earning $19.1 million from 3,969 screens, and had No. 1 openings in eleven of them, and was second overall at the international box office charts, behind the superhero film Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. In its second weekend, it added 7 new markets and grossed a total of $17.8 million, and still remained at No. 2, behind The Jungle Book. However, it lost many screens in its second weekend due to the arrival of three new local pics – Book of Love, Phantom of the Theater and MBA Partners – along with the continued run of The Jungle Book and as a result it grossed just $710,000.
Due to its under-performing opening weekend, the film is projected to lose Universal $30–40 million, with some estimates having the total losses at up to $70 million.
Bad news for Universal and the critics were no help either with their generally negative reviews for Winter’s War. On Rotten Tomatoes the film has a rating of 17%, based on 183 reviews, with an average rating of 4.2/10. The site’s consensus reads, “The Huntsman: Winter’s War is visually arresting and boasts a stellar cast, but neither are enough to recommend this entirely unnecessary sequel.”
I have to agree that Winter’s War is visually appealing, boasts a beautiful cast and the costumes were simply fab! But… (There has to be a but in there somehow, right? Lol), the script didn’t do justice to the pluses I mentioned. It just wasn’t good enough. Universal has to do better if they’re considering another sequel. But all the same Huntsman: The Winter’s War is entertaining enough for us to amuse ourselves with this weekend. So, enjoy guys!
This is where I sign off, peeps. Do have a beautiful weekend watching our movie. XoXo!