‘The Huntsman: Winter’s War’ Trailer: Snow White Gets ‘Frozen’ Fever
There are ordinary, everyday ripoffs and there are thefts so bold they’re almost impressive in the extent of their thievery. What I admire about The Huntsman: Winter’s War, the sorta-prequel to 2012’s Snow White and the Huntsman, is that very shamelessness. They basically swapped out Snow White (she’s a baby here; she grew up to be Kristen Stewart in the first movie) for Elsa from Frozen. They’re not even pretending. They just want all the little girls who loved Frozen and are now three years older to come check out this movie.
Sure, she’s not named Elsa; it’s “Freya” (which even kinda sounds like the word frozen!). But c’mon. The white hair? The long blue gowns? The cold powers? The giant palace made of ice? There’s no mistaking what’s going on here, which is some very crafty filmmakers drafting on some other filmmakers’ success. It’d be kind of gross, if it wasn’t so absolutely ingenious.
Here’s the plot synopsis:
Discover the story that came before Snow White in The Huntsman: Winter’s War. Chris Hemsworth and Oscar winner Charlize Theron return to their roles from Snow White and the Huntsman, joined by Emily Blunt and Jessica Chastain. Theron stars as evil Queen Ravenna, who betrays her good sister Freya (Blunt) with an unforgivable act, freezing Freya’s heart to love and unleashing in her an icy power she never knew she possessed. Retreating to a kingdom far to the north, Freya raises an army of Huntsmen as her protectors, with the only rule that no two of them should ever fall in love. As a war for domination escalates between the two queens, the hero standing between them is Freya’s most elite Huntsman, Eric (Hemsworth). Alongside fellow warrior Sara (Chastain) — the only woman who has ever captured his heart — Eric must help Freya vanquish her sister ... or Ravenna’s wickedness will rule for eternity.
Will she vanquish Ravenna? (No, of course not, it’s a prequel.) Will she sing “Let It Go”? (Hell would have to freeze over, although with a character with ice powers I guess that’s technically possible.) Will there be a talking snowman? (God, I hope not.) All will be answered when The Huntsman: Winter’s War opens in theaters on April 22.