This continuation of Snow White and the Huntsman (2012) is both a prequel and a sequel, as we get to see how Eric (Chris Hemsworth) was raised into a fighter by Queen Ravenna’s (Charlize Theron) icy sister (Emily Blunt), only to fall out of favor. Later, after Ravenna’s demise, Eric becomes involved in a search for her mirror whose powers are still toxic. Uneven visual effects, in pointless 3D, almost becomes symbolic of how slapdash and contrived the film feels; Kristen Stewart’s absence is another curious detail. Still, may entertain preteen girls.
2016-U.S. 114 min. Color. Widescreen. Directed by Cedric Nicolas-Troyan. Cast: Chris Hemsworth (Eric), Charlize Theron (Ravenna), Emily Blunt (Freya), Jessica Chastain (Sara), Nick Frost, Sam Claflin… Rob Brydon. Narrated by Liam Neeson.