Whenever someone asks how a movie was, the answer is usually “good” or “bad.” Is this prequel/sequel/all-the-quels a good movie? Truthfully…no. That doesn’t mean I didn’t enjoy it. Is it a waste of time and money? No. Would I rather watch this twenty times in a row over watching Batman vs. Superman one more time? Absolutely.
That probably doesn’t help you with your decision, so let’s just get into why I liked it.
One word. Charlize. I loved her in the first film so much that I was Queen Ravenna for Halloween and convinced my Aunt to dress my baby cousins as Snow White and the Huntsman. It was awesome. You should have seen. But anyway…Charlize Theron is back as the deliciously wicked queen. I won’t tell you how. You’ll have to see the movie (even though they tell you in the trailer). Her performance is over-the-top brilliant and her outfits are worth all the money they’ll probably lose at the box office.
Second reason why I liked it: Emily Blunt. Her character is basically an evil Elsa from Frozen, but with way cooler costumes (oh look, I did a pun). Third reason why I liked it: kick-ass women. We’ve basically got another Mad Max: Fury Road situation on our hands. The Huntsman is in it as a lead character…but no one really cares. Not only have they added another awesome evil queen, but we now have a huntswoman, AND a female dwarf (who is probably the most interesting character of all). Who run the world? *insert Beyonce song*
This sort of film doesn’t deserve an overly-analytical review on the story or depth of the characters. We all know we aren’t getting an Oscar worthy film here. It is simply an entertaining, sometimes heartwarming, Frozen/Braveheart/Snow White fan-fiction mess full of plot holes (wait…didn’t Ravenna have a brother?), gorgeous outfits, and impressive visuals. You could do a lot worse at the theater. You could do a lot better.
My final say: If you want a mindless and entertaining night at the movies…see it.
You’ll like it if you liked: Snow White and the Huntsman, Frozen, Maleficent, and Braveheart (though that one is a stretch).