The Huntsman Winter's War opens with a scene with which we are familiar: Ravenna (Charlize Theron) tempting a king during a chess game, and then killing him. Why? We know Ravenna is the very face of power-hunger, but, again, why? Consistent with Snow White and the Huntsman, Ravenna presents herself to the king she's about to kill as the "pawn that brings down a kingdom," that is, socialism, who mobilizes those who feel themselves to be pawns in society against those they identify as being powerful, the kings. Ravenna's second introduces her sister Freya (Emily Blunt) who is pregnant out of wedlock (again, socialism always encourages promiscuity because it's a easier life than chastity and women who get pregnant become dependent upon the government for support); then, Ravenna kills the baby, and we know that socialist countries have the highest abortion rates because the government is determined to control the population and not let anyone take their place (which the infant daughter will do when she grows and becomes fairest herself). So, what about Freya: is she a good queen, or a bad queen?
She is a potentially good person who makes a bad decision,... a really bad decision, and we, the viewer, are in a position to make an equally bad decision. When we see the young man Freya was in love with, caught after setting the baby's crib on fire, he says, "I had no choice," and we think it's because he was all ready engaged and he couldn't break the engagement because of being a noble and his family; later, in the film however, we learn that it was Ravenna who cast a spell on him to kill the child, and when he tells Freya, "I had no choice," it's because he was under Ravenna's control (the control of socialism to kill the baby, because that is what socialism does). So, why is the baby so important?
Children symbolize the future. Ravenna can't have children, so she views those who do have children as being weak for being devoted to their children instead of power over the multitudes. Now, what is it the mirror does throughout the film? It causes people to kill each other. This is always what happens in socialism: all socialist/communist leaders start killing their own people and the people want to kill them. Why? The mirror shows potential, it doesn't show reality (socialists hate reality because they can't bend it to their will and make it be what they want it to be). Ravenna wants a kingdom where she holds all power; she can't be. Freya wants a kingdom where there is loyalty, but no love: she can't. Loyalty is based on love, and love must be loyal, or it isn't love. So, why is it that Freya's love doesn't work out for her?
Freya has to know that her sister is a serial king-killer (Freya smiled at her lover during the king's funeral, after all, not even bothering to feign mourning). Freya did nothing to stop her sister from killing the king, or other kings, and so, we can say, that since Freya allowed her sister to be a killing machine, it was just and fair that her daughter and lover would die at the instigation of Ravenna whom Freya did nothing to stop. This is a typical pattern in socialist/communist governments: the very machine from which they benefit also destroys them (see the caption beneath the goblin above). What about Freya's own kingdom?
Freya believes that she is saving the children from the pain and suffering of life; doesn't every socialist advocate that there shouldn't be any suffering? She claims to save them from the suffering that love causes, so they aren't allowed to love. To be human, however, is to love, and to love is to be human. Herein lies a clue: Freya had an adulterous relationship with her lover and beget a child, a child she loved dearly; in spite of the suffering her lover caused her, she still had the child she could have loved and found happiness. Freya could have moved on and had another relationship--a legitimate one, this time--and started another family, but no, that is not the path she choose: if she had to suffer, she was going to make sure others suffered with her, and isn't that a recurring theme we see with socialist figures? Think about Spectre's Blofeld (Christoph Waltz) and how he takes his suffering at not being loved as a child out on the entire world; or the King Set (Gerard Butler) in Gods Of Egypt because he was given the desert to rule, so he's going to enslave all of humanity. We can, however, say that Freya finds redemption at the end.
When Freya and Ravenna fight each other, Freya knows fear, and that fear makes her prioritize what is important to her and therefore, what she loves, and she loves "her children," those she cares for. She uses the same means of protecting them from Ravenna that she did to drive Sara and Eric apart: the ice wall (we could also call this the Berlin Wall). The importance of Freya using the ice wall to protect her children from Ravenna is that, now, in this moment, Freya realizes that what was a weapon (the ice wall against Sara and Eric) is now a means of strength and power (to protect the Huntsman); in other words, the suffering Freya experienced when her child died and her lover was frozen to death, could have brought about something better and more positive in Freya,... but she didn't give it a chance.
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