Plot: Hansel & Gretel are bounty hunters who track and kill witches all over the world. As the fabled Blood Moon approaches, the siblings encounter a new form of evil that might hold a secret to their past.
This isn’t your typical Hansel & Gretel adaptation. When I first heard about it, how they were going to make it much more dark and more violent than the original fairy tale I was instantly intrigued. I was also a little skeptical, but surprisingly this movie actually worked, in my opinion.
Jeremy Renner and Gemma Arterton equally and enthusiastically fill the shoes of the legendary fairy tale characters. After seeing them portray Hansel & Gretel, and kick some serious ass while doing so, I can say that I don’t see anyone else being able to play them in this type of adaptation as nicely as Jeremy and Gemma did. Also giving good performances in supporting roles were Peter Stormare playing Sheriff Berringer and Famke Janssen playing Muriel.
The film was both written and directed by Tommy Wirkola, whose most famous movie was “Dead Snow”. I enjoyed the plot of “Dead Snow”, and of course the excellent gore effects, but overall I liked “Hansel & Gretel” much better. It’s just really good fun, this was probably one of the most fun experiences I had seeing a movie from this year. It had an interesting plot that kept my attention throughout and was never boring, nice directions with some good special effects, and it did the “Hansel & Gretel” fairy tale justice, in my opinion. Sure it wasn’t the greatest adaptation of the beloved fairy tale that could’ve been filmed, but it was watchable, fun, and quite entertaining.
In conclusion, “Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters” was dark, action-packed entertaining fun that while like I said wasn’t the absolute best they could do with the tale, it was still overly watchable and like I said fun. It was a very fun movie, plain and simple. I thoroughly enjoyed the experience seeing this movie.
My Rating: 7/10
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