So for the follow a hashtag assignment I decided to follow the The Huntsman: Winters War movie through out the weekend of it’s release, just to see what people were saying about and how it compared to the critics. For those who don’t know the movie explains the before and after of Snow White and the Huntsman. It starts off with the story of the Queens, tells how the Huntsman came to be, jumps 7 years into the future where Snow White and the Huntsman takes place, and then continues to what happens after the fact.
The reason? Because Snow White and the Huntsman was nothing to be remembered and frankly boring if I remember correctly. In fact, I realized I didn’t remember a thing when I went to the theater and my friend said the same thing. Yet, this movie had an amazing cast and seemed to have a lot of hype.
I remember a week before the movie came out, opening the tumblr app and having a banner of the movie with a link to it’s hashtag. Usually there is no banner where this one appeared, so what was so special about this movie? I also opened up snap chat the day of the premiere and there was a new filter promoting the movie. While this is typical of snap chat, not every movie gets this type of promotion so the expectations were high. During my twitter research before the movie came out, someone had even posted how NYC was bombarded with movie posters. Apparently Dance Moms had a dance inspired by the movie as well?
During my research before the movie, I noticed twitter was asking the same questions, why did this movie need a prequel/sequel? And how did it get such a fantastic cast? Critics were just straight up trashing it.
My initial response to all of the hype was how is this movie about the Huntsman? All I see is the two queens in all of the posters and trailers, in fact the snap chat filter made you both of the Queens. They, however, don’t get much screen time. The movie focuses on how the Huntsman came to be, and their journey. No one talked about this though, except for the few people who pointed out that one of the Queens isn’t in the movie until the very end.
It wasn’t a bad movie. I actually enjoyed it. It wasn’t in your face fantastic as the hype made it seem, but it wasn’t awful either. The effects were amazing, my only issue with the acting was the accents (I really was tempted to tweet “those accents though” but my phone had to stay away), it had a few laughs, and stuck to the story book fairy tale feel, which was beautifully crafted in my opinion (can you tell I’ve been binge watching Once Upon a Time on Netflix lately?). It was just another movie that you’ll see and forget about like the first. (Which by the way if you want to see this one rewatch the first or you will be just as confused as my friend and me were).
There were a lot of mixed reviews on social media. Some people loved it. (Although most of these comments included how well the actors portrayed their characters) and others well hated it. Then there were the few that were meh about it. I fall among these people as it wasn’t a bad movie but i’ll probably forget it exists after tonight. Other than that nothing really spoke out about it. People just weren’t talking about it, even though before it premiered there was insane hype all over social media platforms.
There wasn’t much to post on twitter from my side, except my opinion so I did just that.