Juxtaposing a sequel that adds nothing of value with a different sequel that somehow surpasses the original, here’s what’s opening on cinema this week.
The Huntsman: Winter’s War
Freya the Ice Queen (Emily Blunt) brings her sister Ravenna (Charlize Theron) back to life, and the powerful evil siblings plan to conquer the Enchanted Forest. Only the Huntsman (Chris Hemsworth) and his secret lover Sara (Jessica Chastain) can stop them in this sequel continuing the inventive twist on the Snow White fable.
I don’t think I’ve ever heard of a movie as meh as The Hunstman: Winter’s War. On paper it made a lot of improvements on its predecessor, Snow White and the Huntsman, but as Kervyn pointed out, it’s not like the first one was particularly successful or memorable enough to warrant a sequel, so why did they bother? All they did is make a painfully average, bland and boring and blah pre/sequel type thing that offers basically nothing in the way of entertainment or excitement. Kervyn gave it a score as middle-of-the-road as the film itself, 2.5/5 stars.
It’s been more than 10 years since our last appointment at Calvin’s Barbershop. Calvin and his longtime crew, including Eddie, are still there, but the shop has undergone some major changes. Most noticeably, our once male-dominated sanctuary is now co-ed. The ladies bring their own flavor, drama and gossip to the shop challenging the fellas at every turn. Despite the good times and camaraderie within the shop, the surrounding community has taken a turn for the worse, forcing Calvin and our crew to come together to not only save the shop, but their neighborhood.
I was really surprised to hear that they made a Barbershop 3, apparently I missed when Barbershop 2 was a thing, but even more surprising is just how highly recommended The Next Cut is. Unlike My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 or Zoolander 2, it’s one of those incredibly rare belated sequels that not only lives up to the standards set by its predecessors, but actually surpasses them. Scoring 93% on Rotten Tomatoes (over the original Barbershop’s 82%) Barbershop 3: The Next Cut is ambitious, thought-provoking, genuine and most importantly, funny.