The Epic Chris Hemsworth Fantasy Franchise Streaming On Netflix

By Doug Norrie | Published

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Dive into the world of enchanting fairy tales with a dark twist, led by none other than Chris Hemsworth himself. On Netflix, fans can embark on a double feature journey with the god of thunder trading his Mjölnir for an axe in Snow White and the Huntsman and its intriguing sequel, The Huntsman: Winter’s War.

It’s a back-to-back treat for Chris Hemsworth enthusiasts, as he battles evil queens, navigates a world filled with magic, and brings charisma to the screen in a way only he can. Ready to venture into the woods?

Snow White and the Huntsman and The Huntsman: Winter’s War are streaming on Netflix

Snow White and the Huntsman is a darker reimagining of the classic Snow White fairy tale and veers off the path of singing birds and gentle dwarfs. Instead, it plunges viewers into a tale of ambition, betrayal, and redemption. 

The evil Queen Ravenna, played with chilling perfection by Charlize Theron, learns from her magical mirror that the only threat to her reign is Snow White (Kristen Stewart). Possessing a purity and beauty that could overthrow the queen, Snow White becomes the target of the queen’s wrath.

Enter Chris Hemsworth’s character, the Huntsman, a widower with a drinking problem. Initially, he’s tasked by the queen to find Snow White and bring her back. However, upon discovering the queen’s wicked intentions, he becomes Snow White’s protector, teaching her the art of war as they gather an army to reclaim the kingdom.

Chris Hemsworth’s plays the Huntsman in both movies

Meanwhile, for Chris Hemsworth, The Huntsman: Winter’s War acts as both as a prequel and a sequel to its predecessor, this film delves deeper into the backstory of the Huntsman while introducing new characters to the saga.

Before the evil Queen Ravenna met her fate in the first film, she ruled alongside her kind-hearted sister, Freya (Emily Blunt). After a tragic loss, Freya’s heart turns to ice, awakening powers she didn’t know she had.

With her newfound ability to freeze her enemies, she retreats to a northern kingdom where she raises a group of child soldiers, including a young Huntsman, and his future wife, Sara (Jessica Chastain), to conquer for her.

The Chris Hemsworth story then leaps forward, beyond the events of the first film, where the Huntsman is on a new quest. This time, he has to recover the magic mirror, facing his past and the icy wrath of Freya, while navigating the challenges and surprises the dark artifact presents.

The two films are interwoven with themes of love, betrayal, and identity. Chris Hemsworth’s Huntsman serves as the binding factor, his journey taking center stage as the tales unfold. While Snow White and the Huntsman presents a grittier take on the well-known fairy tale, its successor expands the universe, offering viewers more depth and a wider lens into the world of magic and warfare.

Snow White and the Huntsman and The Huntsman: Winter’s War were a mixed bag among critics.

Critics had a mixed bag of reactions for Snow White and the Huntsman. Many praised the film’s dark, gothic aesthetic and the world-building that went into its design. Charlize Theron’s portrayal of the sinister Queen Ravenna was often singled out as a highlight, with her chilling performance seen as both enthralling and nuanced.

However, the film faced criticism for its pacing and narrative. While it promised a gritty and fresh spin on a classic fairy tale, some felt that it didn’t quite deliver on its ambitious premise.

Chris Hemsworth’s Huntsman garnered a positive response, with many enjoying his layered and tormented rendition of the character. Yet, Kristen Stewart’s Snow White received a divided opinion; some critics thought she brought a fresh, warrior-like vibe to the iconic character, while others felt her performance was somewhat lackluster.

Box office-wise, the film managed to rake in a substantial sum, proving that audiences were hungry for a new twist on old tales.

Sequels always face the daunting challenge of living up to their predecessor’s reputation. The Huntsman: Winter’s War was no exception. The film’s visual appeal, particularly the icy realm of Freya, was often lauded. And the addition of Emily Blunt and Jessica Chastain to the cast was seen by many as a strong point. Both actresses were praised for their performances, with Blunt’s Freya often highlighted for the depth she brought to the character.

However, the film faced criticism for its storyline. Many felt the plot was convoluted, trying to be both a prequel and a sequel, and this narrative choice left audiences somewhat confused. The chemistry, or the perceived lack thereof, between certain lead characters also became a focal point for critics.

Box office numbers for this installment were not as robust as its predecessor, indicating that while the film had its admirers, it might not have resonated as strongly with the broader audience.

Chris Hemsworth and Jessica Chastain

In essence, while both films had their shining moments and a star-studded cast, they also had their shortcomings, which the critics didn’t hesitate to point out.

In the world of fairy tale reimaginings, Chris Hemsworth’s foray with Snow White and the Huntsman and The Huntsman: Winter’s War certainly brought a frosty and visually distinct take on the genre. Whether you’re in it for the enchanting visuals, the compelling characters, or just a Hemsworth fix, Netflix offers a double dose of Huntsman adventures. 

While neither movie may have been the fairest of them all in the eyes of every critic, they offer a chilling escape into a world of magic, battles, and love. So grab your popcorn, maybe a warm blanket (because, Winter’s War!), and embark on this icy journey.