Fairytales are getting a modern makeover, as The Huntsman: Winter’s War provides a sequel of sorts to Snow White And The Huntsman. But with the first film’s lead actress and director ducking out, there’s a new side-story to be told and new characters to encounter.

Find out more in our quick run down of the movie.

What’s it about

Characters from fairytales Snow White and The Snow Queen – which served as partial inspiration for Frozen – combine for a spin-off from 2012’s Snow White And The Huntsman.

This feature takes place before the first film’s ending, and focuses on the backstory between The Huntsman and Snow White’s evil stepmother, Queen Ravenna, while introducing us to a number of new characters Ravenna’s sister Freya, the Ice Queen, as well as the Huntsman’s warrior wife, Sara.


Who’s in it

Several key cast members from Snow White And The Huntsman return: Charlize Theron is back as Queen Ravenna, with Chris Hemsworth opposite as Eric the Huntsman.

As its title implies, Kristen Stewart isn’t involved as Snow White, but new to the franchise are two more female leads Emily Blunt, playing Freya, and Jessica Chastain as Sara.

Sam Clafin is again King William, while Nick Frost also reprises his role as the dwarf Nion, Eric’s ally, joined by fellow British TV stars Rob Brydon, Alexandra Roach and Sheridan Smith.

Who’s behind it

Frenchman Cedric Nicolas-Troyan is making his feature-length directorial debut, the visual effects expert having worked on the likes of One Hour Photo, The Ring, and two Pirates Of The Caribbean films before stepping up as second unit director on Snow White And The Huntsman and Disney’s subsequent Maleficent.

Is it any good

Critics and audiences disagree. Despite its cast and lavish presentation, The Huntsman doesn’t measure up to Snow White according to review aggregators Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic.

But prior to its US release, user ratings at IMDb have The Huntsman as a touch above its predecessor – though based on fewer reviews – with 6.3/10 from a little over 5,000 scores versus 6.1/10 from 220,000 ratings for Snow White. – AFP Relaxnews