(This review may contain spoilers).
I saw the other film in this franchise when it originally came out at the cinema and I immediately found myself interested in this movie when I saw the trailer. It was good to have the opportunity to see more of the huntsman’s past and to also see Freya and Ravenna interacting at the beginning. There was some development of Freya’s character and I did feel some sympathy towards her from the beginning, even though that did fade somewhat during the course of the movie.
I was a bit disappointed to see that this film did seem to contradict the first one in parts. It was good to see William make an appearance, even though it was only a really brief one. And I found the dwarves to be especially good characters. While they were used for comedic effect, I also found they were likable characters in their own way.
There were quite a few tense scenes in this and I did find myself virtually on the edge of my seat at times.
The start of this movie did a really good job of showing the events before the first movie, but it does then switch to ‘seven years later’ to after the events of the previous one.
There were some really good special effects in this movie, especially towards the end. The whole thing with the mirror was a little confusing and I would have liked a bit more explanation, but there were some really cool visuals.
I really liked being able to see parts of the world, though I was a bit confused about what the huntsmen were doing in the North… but there were some really good elements of tension between the main Huntsman and the others. It was also good to see him interacting with Sara and the tension between them.
I did really enjoy watching this movie. It was a good fantasy, but I wouldn’t say it kept to everything in the first movie. I would, however, like to watch this movie again. And if you enjoy fantasy, I’d suggest watching this film.