Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters (2013)

Posted: January 31, 2013 in Movie Review
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Hansel and Gretel

Directed By: Tommy Wirkola

Starring: Jeremy Renner, Gemma Arterton, Famke Janssen, Pihla Viitala, Derek Mears

Subgenre: Witches

Synopsis: A retelling of the fairy tale, this time set in more of a steam punk type setting with more exploding heads.

Thoughts: It’s been popular over the last couple of years to retell classic fairy tales catered more towards adults (or sometimes teens). We’ve seen Little Red Riding Hood and Snow White and Jack and the Beanstalk is coming soon.  Hansel & Gretel is a pretty good target for a retelling and Tommy Wirkola did well to return to the story when the siblings were grown.

I loved the look of this movie.  The costumes and pseudo-steampunk machines were a nice alternative to the usual crossbows and such.  Renner and Arterton looked the part and the design of the Witches was very cool.  There were some pretty crazy costumes on the mountaintop for the finale. I’m a big fan of Derek Mears, having had the pleasure to meet him a time or two, and it was cool to see him as Edgar the Troll.  On one hand, it was a shame to see Famkme Jannsen as an ugly ass witch, but on the other hand, she has always had a penchant for having a frightening aura about her. 

Director Tommy Wirkola did a nice job blending fantasy and action throughout the movie, but there were a few times and scenes that felt like pretty blatant Matrix rip-offs.  Wirkola delivered one of my favorite zombie movies of recent years in Dead Snow, so I was pretty anxious to see what he delivered here.  He still likes his gore, as there were more than a couple of shotgun blasts to the head in Hansel and Gretel.

The biggest weakness found here is the script.  Some of the lines are just awful and it really hurts a couple of scenes.  The story itself is pretty basic and it is more than obvious to see where the story is going, but I was really expecting that. Had the script been a little more polished, this may have been a surprise hit at the box office.

Hansel & Gretal is pure popcorn fluff.  This is the type of movie I consider utterly disposable.  You can watch it once, have fun with it, and never really think much about it again.

  1. CMrok93 says:

    Not perfection, but it’s okay if you just want to kill some time at the movies. Good review.

  2. shnsjolin says:

    Agreed – Thanks for checking out the review!

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