The Huntsman: Winter’s War is a prequel, a sequel, a spinoff, a mashup, a bit of a remake, and almost a movie. It contains many recognizable elements from actual films — plot, characters, scenes, imagery, music — almost all of them inspired by (if not outright stolen from) other far more original movies and television shows. There are bits and pieces shamelessly swiped from Frozen, Lord of the Rings, The Hunger Games, Game of Thrones, the Marvel Cinematic Universe, plus a few odds and ends from the production it is ostensibly following, 2012’s Snow White and the Huntsman. It’s almost like the movie version of a pod person from Invasion of the Body Snatchers; superficially indistinguishable from the real thing, but lacking any semblance of a soul.
Snow White and the Huntsman was a pretty decent fantasy-action update on the classic fairy tale with some solid action sequences in the vein of Game of Thrones — which makes The Huntsman: Winter’s War and its blatant riff on Frozen all the more baffling. The latest trailer for the super-weird prequel has arrived, and if nothing else, we can all agree that A. The cast is great, and B. This movie looks BONKERS.
One week ago, Jessica Chastain drummed up some positive press when she launched her independent production company Freckle Films, an enterprise devoted to facilitating the creation of films about women, with a strong pro-woman undercurrent. Chastain...
After years of earning acclaim for his screenwriting skills (though he was weirdly snubbed by the 2016 Oscars for Steve Jobs), Aaron Sorkin is set to make his directorial debut on Molly’s Game. Set in the underground world of high-stakes poker, Sorkin’s long-developing passion project features a strong leading role for the right woman — and that woman might just be Jessica Chastain.
There are ordinary, everyday ripoffs and there are thefts so bold they’re almost impressive in the degree 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.
Mirror, mirror on the wall, what Snow White sequel is the least Snow White-y of them all?
You may not be familiar with the work of Xavier Dolan, the visionary French filmmaker who has already made five great films at the young age of 26, and recently directed the gorgeous video for Adele’s “Hello.” Dolan has two more films on the way, one of which will mark his english-language debut, and he’s collected quite an impressive cast — including Jessica Chastain and Game of Thrones star Kit Harington.
Jessica Chastain is the latest entertainer to stand up and note the ugly implication of unfair pay, that it clearly communicates a lessened value of a woman’s work relative to that of a man.
Crimson Peak is an absolutely gorgeous movie. Sumptuous even, if you like big words. Do not be surprised if you see Guillermo del Toro’s gothic-romance-horror movie eventually nominated for some Costume and Production Design Oscars in a few months. But, as star Jessica Chastain told us, there’s actually more to Allerdale Hall, the haunted house at the center of the film, than you might even be aware. In fact, if you look closely, there are actually hidden, subliminal messages within the walls.
Alfred Hitchcock had a saying: “Logic is dull.” On the basis of Crimson Peak, it’s pretty clear Guillermo del Toro feels the same way.