It was not like the regular fairy tale books. It was pocket-sized with hard covers and exquisite pictures that glowed at night.
The book was as beautiful as the story it carried. It was about Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. That was probably my favourite fairy tale, back then.
The book was so dear to me that I used to lend it to my siblings and cousins for a few coins which somehow always ended up in the till of my dad’s shop.
I was quite upset when I lost this book and I missed it for a couple of weeks.
As I grew older, those fairy tale days of mine went with the wind. I was too busy with the realities of life to fancy Snow White, Cinderella and other characters from the fairy tale world.
Until I saw the posters of The Huntsman: Winter’s War.
Those fond memories started flashing before my eyes in quick sequence as I headed to the Empire Cinema on Thursday to catch up with the opening show of the prequel-sequel of Snow White and The Huntsman.
The Huntsman: Winter’s War is one of the most eagerly anticipated movies of the year and centres around Snow White. However, it’s not about the beauty queen herself.
The Huntsman: Winter’s War is more about the Huntsman Eric (Chris Hemsworth) and the events leading up to the initial movie and after the demise of evil queen Ravenna (Charlize Theron).
At the very beginning, the movie tells us Ravenna had a sister Freya (Emily Blunt) who fell in love with a duke.
The two had a baby daughter who is apparently killed by Freya’s husband (Spoiler alert: You will know the real killer later in the movie).
Ravenna, who was always against love, compels Freya into hatred which causes her to unleash her hidden icy power.
Freya builds her own kingdom in the north and grows an army of huntsmen. Her kingdom has one simple rule: “Love is a sin.”
But among the cold hearts are born two lovers, Eric and Sara (Jessica Chastain), who are the finest two huntsmen trained by Freya’s army.
Freya finds their secret and challenges them with her army. During the battle, she uses her power to create a wall of ice which shows Eric that Sara was killed, and to Sara that Eric ran away.
Years later after Eric saves Snow White from Ravenna, the beauty queen is in distress after the magic mirror with dark powers is stolen.
She commands Eric to find the magic mirror which leads him to Sara and the evil sisters in a story as the movie narrator roars, “One you haven’t seen.”
Theron was amazing in the Snow White and The Huntsman. She makes the most of a dark character role and will probably be hated by every Snow White fan.
With whatever screen space she gets in The Huntsman: Winter’s War, she reflects the wickedness the character is known for. So cold and, so bold.
Blunt also does a fantastic job as another wicked queen who feels betrayed in love but, unlike her sister, still has a heart for affection.
Hemsworth and Chastain make a perfect couple and daring warriors who with their toned physique are delight to watch, especially in the action sequence.
Filmmaker Cedric Nicolas-Troyan, who makes his debut as a director with The Huntsman: Winter’s War, does a pretty decent job of doing justice to one of history’s most-loved fairy tales, despite the variations on the original plot.
The Huntsman: Winter’s War is about love, betrayal and hatred.
As the movie shows, there is one thing certain, life without love is lifeless. The heart can be a treacherous thing, but love vanquishes all.
Well, it does in the movies at least.