I'm both intrigued by and worried about the upcoming Huntsman: Winter's War. I have a soft spot in my thorny heart for Snow White and the Huntsman. Besides being a gorgeous film, there were some vivid fairy tale archetypes and themes that hit my sweet spot: the waste land, the white stag, Ravenna as a crow queen and beauty as a weapon, etc. It looks like this film is going to continue in that direction of powerful imagery, but I'm still hesitant to get my hopes too high. At this point it's more of a general, nondescript feeling than a handful of solid reasons.
It's strange that the huntsman-part of the first film was made the series anchor. At the end of SWATH, it felt like it was setting up for a sequel that would follow Snow, with a Snow White and the ____ title. Ravenna was dead. Okay, so they resurrected her. I'll suspend disbelief. But this is both a before and after with the supposedly defeated queen. (Though I adored Charlize Theron's performance--that alone is worth watching!)
The adoption and expansion of the role of Hemsworth's huntsman will forever change our perception of the first film, and I don't like movies that do that. I think it's sloppy story-telling, it changes the already-powerful and satisfyingly vague backstory of Ravenna in the first film. I understand that they couldn't get Kristen Stewart back for a sequel, but they're creatives . . . they could have figured something out. (For that matter, how about Emily Blunt in the role of Snow White? She's a much better actress than Stewart.)
We've already had one Snow Queen disaster with Disney's Frozen. Andersen's tale is my favorite, and I don't take kindly to loose or artless interpretations. Emily Blunt's character could be done very well or not. Though there is a symmetry in making the villain from Snow White and the Snow Queen related. Come to think of it, wouldn't a better title have been Snow Queen and the Huntsman?
There's lots more that I'm wondering at; some of which make sense, I suppose, for entertainment purposes, but which doesn't please my demanding since of aesthetic! I'm all over the map on this one, so enough from me. What do you think?