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After getting a taste for blood as children, Hansel and Gretel 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.
.....wait a second.......wasn't I supposed to hate this?
I am not a big fan of Hollywood's need to revamp all these classic fairytales. Most of them are excellent and grim stories to begin with, so why change that?
Take the fairytale of Hansel and Gretel for example. It's a story about child abuse, cannibalism and horrific murder. That in itself is more than enough, right? But no, riding on Snow White's coattails we now have the story of Hansel and Gretel post traumatic candy cottage experience.
This shouldn't work and plot wise it doesn't. It is somewhat uninspired and therefore doesn't really hold any surprises. It also has a couple of bizarre ideas that aren't really fleshed out enough (Hansel's…
Director, Tommy Wirkola, created a fun and trashy B-movie in the form of Nazi zombie comedy, Dead Snow. Disappointingly, his first film in Hollywood is nowhere near as enjoyable. In fact it is downright awful and an embarrassment for all those involved. There has been a recent surge in revisionist fairy tale adaptations but unfortunately they have all been disappointing for various reasons and Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters may well be the worst of the bunch.
Wirkola’s film takes the classic Brothers Grimm story of siblings lost in the woods, gingerbread houses and a cannibal witch and twists it into a cheap and bombastic action movie devoid of interesting characters or compelling set pieces. Gemma Arterton and Jeremy Renner play…
It seems that nowadays directors tend to create horror films based on real events, famous novels and fairy tales and basically misrepresent them by giving them a new storyline and a ridiculous, yet funny layer of gory action and badass kills.
Seeing an adaptation of the acclaimed fairy tale published by the Brothers Grimm in the hands of the Norwegian director sounded like something cool. The premise of seeing the famous siblings (Hansel & Gretel) fighting witches as grown ups in a horror film sounded like something I would wholeheartedly enjoy. Yet, the execution of this promising concept wasn't particularly the best since this was an obvious Hollywood production.
As the director, Tommy Wirkola had moments to shine and moments of…
This is an unpretentious movie that knows what it is, a ridiculous, gory action fantasy that tries hard to be fun. The only problem is it's not that fun. Between a lazy script, exposition overkill, choppy transition of scenes and a redundant feel to the whole thing, the fun is sucked out of it almost completely. The violence is intriguingly bloody, gory and excessive while the action scenes are cool but they're repetitive and soon their coolness wears off. Jeremy Renner and Gemma Arterton are good and do their best under the circumstances but fun is not the first thing that comes in mind when their names are mentioned. Famke Janssen as the evil witch is terrible in terms of…
Admittedly, there is something to be said about a hyper-violent, comic book-like concept involving grownup fairy tale characters. In the case of "Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters," however, that concept is all there is and the resulting film is one of the weakest studio efforts of 2013.
"Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters" takes the titular characters, turns them into adults, and sets them free to hunt witches in the quasi-central European countryside. That is all. There is very little story, zero character development, and no thematic weight on which to comment. The film is empty headed and soulless.
The sets, costumes, and props are at once interesting but plastic-looking, and the cinematography, score, and acting offer nothing extraordinary. The leads, Jeremy Renner…
Most of the running time of Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters I was in awe of what I was seeing. Then I remembered this was 2013, and this has become the norm.
The "plot" moves incredibly fast and rarely takes an opportunity to breathe. This would be okay if it looked like the cast was having fun (Similar to how it worked for Joe Carnahan's The A-Team), but neither of the leads, or even the supporting cast look like they're having a lot of fun, and thus, none of the fun the filmmakers want it to have really translates.
Hansel & Gretel isn't boring, but it was a waste of my time…
I had alot of fun with the movie. Jeremy renner did awesome. The witch kills were awesome and badass. Jeremy Renner and his sister were badasses throught the movie. This wasnt a perfect movie. its very silly, and it was a janurary release. But it wasnt atrocius. Listen, watch this movie with a group of friends, turn of your brain, and you will enjoy it alot.
Part of October Horror Month 2016
Film #13 of Scavenger Hunt 19
Task 9/31: A twisted fairy tale
Film #25 of Hoop-tober 3.0
This is mindless action-horror, but I enjoy this a lot more than I probably should. I find this film a lot of really silly fun. Maybe I've played too much D&D, cause this is a D&D adventure. Maybe that it's the fun of the steampunk stylings or the genre mashup, both of which I enjoy. Or maybe I just really like Jeremy Renner. I think it's that one. Definitely that one.
We all know the tale of Hansel & Gretel. They're abandoned by their father in the woods and end up at a gingerbread house where an old witch lives and she tries to eat them. But this movie tells the other story. You know, the one where they grow up to be famed witch hunters played by Jeremy Renner and Gemma Arterton. As you can imagine, this film that's produced by Will Ferrell and Adam McKay is a farce. It's a horror-action-comedy inspired by the early works of Sam Raimi and Peter Jackson. It has top-notch production values and is loads of fun to watch. There are some issues, however. The decision to make the characters American is bad and I'm not entirely sold on Renner in what should have been a Bruce Campbell type role. Nonetheless, fans of the genre will have a good time and people who want to watch a lighter horror movie will enjoy it too.
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 is what it seems Like Terry Gillian's movie THE BROTHERS GRIMM should have been at least in spirit. More energetic, playful, fun and inventive. Though doesn’t feel as epic or as rich as Gilliam’s film usually are
Though that film has it's own strengths. This film isn't built so much on character as it is on action.
The film is torso table and the tone is playful as the film at least has a sense of humor about itself. It's like a Sam…
We all know the story of Hansel and Gretel. They get left behind in the forest, was lured to the witch's candy cottage and was fatten up to be eaten, until the siblings wits got the better of the witch. Years later, the duo made a name for themselves as witch hunters, hired to kill the witches and protect towns and children from being taken. It helps that they are immune to witches' spells and they have all these advance gadgets. For this particular saga of their witch hunting lives, they come face to face with their past, and discover more about themselves and the witch world.
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Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters doesn't deserve to be as good as it is. And no, it is not Godfather level of good.
This is a self-aware, bloody, gory, short, funny action-horror movie that had me filled of joy. I love how most of the effects are done practically, I love that Hansel is diabetic, and I love the different designs for the witches.
The action is fun and well shot, the story is interesting, the acting is passable, and this movie single-handedly cured my fever. Highly recommended to fans of B-movies and crazy action-extravaganza.
Visual Effects: 8
Violence & Gore: 8.5
Sex & Nudity: 6
Drugs & Profanity: 7
Intensity & Horror: 7