Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters Review

This seems to be the “in-thing” these days. Taking a fairy tale and then totally reinventing it. We saw it with Snow White and then Snow White and the Huntsman and now we’ve got another classic tale in the form of Hansel and Gretel.

I wonder, with all these changes to fairy tales, will our children grow up thinking that these current movies are the actually fairy tales instead of the story book ones we were told as kids? If that’s the case then someone needs to do a Beauty and The Beast film.

Anyway let’s take a look at this latest spin on a tale of a boy, a girl, a whole bunch of witches and a candy house.

The Plot

After getting a taste for blood as children, Hansel (Jeremy Renner) and Gretel (Gemma Arterton) have become the ultimate vigilantes, hell bent on retribution. Now, unbeknownst to them, Hansel and Gretel have become the hunted, and must face an evil far greater than witches…their past

The Verdict

For starters I’m gonna say good casting! Jeremy Renner fits the role of Hansel really well and I’ve always been admirer of Gemma Arterton, although I do wish she’d be in bigger movies by now. That aside, the best casting goes to Femka Janssen as Muriel the witch. She was totally channeling Jean Grey / Dark Phoenix from X-Men The Last Stand.

Plot wise I’m really not going to dive into it. It’s really predictable based on what you see in the trailer but that isn’t a bad thing. I mean come on, you don’t need to be an Oscar winner to write this film, get a couple of good action stars and some really awesome special effects and you got a fairy tale revamp.

Visually it’s a little gory but the producers are going for a darker tone of the fairy tale so I suppose it’s forgivable. I think it’s worth catching but please take my advice, do not expect a deep meaningful film. I think too often people tend to go into these films expecting some brilliant remake but this is one of those that’s a mindless visually appealing form of entertainment. If it wasn’t then Gemma Arterton didn’t need to wear those tight leather pants (You can see where my focus was most of the time………..I think I wanna watch it again, LOL)

Ok so once you have that mindset set, you’re ready to enjoy this film. In fact I actually hope they do a sequel because this certainly beats all those Resident Evil films that never seem to end.

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

That’s 2.5 for the movie (remember leave your brains at the door) and another 0.5 stars for Gemma Arterton’s perfectly formed figure! Seriously I’m losing my credibility as a writer…LOL

By Elliott Danker

Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters opens in cinemas 24 Jan

Images courtesy of United International Pictures Singapore

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