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Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters, Film Reivew


Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters is a story that is set many years after the Brothers Grimm fairytale. In it Hansel and Gretel have grown up to be legendary Witch Hunters, travelling the world killing witches.

This sound like a great story idea, however it just does not quite pays off.
The reason for this, is that there are two many subplots going on. Hansel (Jeremy Renner) is shown to have diabetes, which is not really gone into, except for a throw away line about eating too many sweets when he was a kid. I missing this line the first time I watched it, so had no idea why he kept injecting himself. I only got it on the second view to remind myself of the film in order to write this review.

Hansel, hates all witches but comes to learn that are not all witches are evil. Again this is another subplot that really does not go into much detail. But it give him a storyline while his sister has been kidnapped from the local time they been hired to save the kids in.

Grete (Gemma Arterton), only really has one subplot, where she befriends a Troll that works for the witches. “…Because a Troll has to do what a witch says.”
This storyline is not really need, but it gives the excellent Peter Stormare who plays the town sheriff some more screen time.

Famke Janssen plays the head witch, the FX of her going from looking human to a horrid witch is excellent and she have a ball in this role oozing evil at every moment she on screen, steal the scene from the rest of the casts.

With all that the film moves along at a nice peace, and it has some good idea.
There are some good effects with the killing of the whites and some other things, witch has a bit of gore, but that come out a bit comic bookie, which is what the feel of the is.
The big battle with the witches can be clearly seen to have been shot on a sound stage instead of out doors, which is another let down, but easily to ignore while watching the action on screen.
The Acting form Renner and Arterton is not the greatest. But then this just a take your brain out and watch film.

Even though the film story does not have much focus and the subplots bring it down.
The film is still enjoyable but it something I would not watch over and over again.
Paramount thinks Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters has the potential to have a sequel, as they have green light that. But if the story does not have focus, people will stop coming to see it.

I give this film a 2 out of 5.

Hansel: Whatever you do, don’t eat the fuckin’ candy.


3 responses

  1. I’ve been avoiding this one. (the film, not your review) This “fairy tales with new dark twists” trend in Hollywood is a trend that holds no appeal for me. (I saw Snow White and the Huntsman on HBO, it was bad) Plus, I’m not a big fan of films where the main plot gets lost in subplots. Having said that, I may try it when it hits Showtime or TMC, or something. (I dropped HBO and Cinnemax after my three free months were up) I won’t pay to see it, beyond what I pay for cable, but I sometimes try movies I normally wouldn’t on those stations because I’m already paying for the stations. 😉

    03/09/2013 at 18:10

    • It not a bad film, but not a great film. The premises is a good idea, just not well executed here. H&G:WH has been green lighted for a sequel, so they might get it right the second time round.

      03/09/2013 at 19:50

  2. It’s just a big mish-mash of fun, mixed with stuff that’s not fun and boring and also some stuff that’s really inconsistent. Good review.

    03/09/2013 at 22:01

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