More of a muddy thaw than a frozen wasteland, the prequel to Snow White & the Huntsman fills in the backstory of Eric (Chris Hemsworth – Rush, Thor) rather than the maiden herself.
A reported $10 million each was paid to Hemsworth and Charlize Theron (Monster, Mad Max: Fury Road) to revive their roles. As usual for this type of film, it’s pity the producers didn’t spend more on the script.
Covered in gold paint, Theron looks fantastic – pity that we took so long to get there via a boring, nondescript narrative of boy-to-man Eric in the court of the ice-queen Freya (a wasted Emily Blunt – Sicario, Edge of Tomorrow).
Debut feature director Cedric Nicholas-Trojan is way out of his league with this one.