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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…
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
Shittember #3: Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters
Growing up with the story of Hansel & Gretel, I found the concept of them being witch hunters rather fascinating. I will admit that the film is far from being perfect, but at the same time it's also not that bad either. The actions scenes are entertaining and the art direction and costumes aren't too shabby. But I do have some complaints about the execution. I feel that they could have done a lot more with this really intriguing concept. But all in all I gotta say it's a decent film at best.
Steam Punk meets The Malleus Maleficarum, indeed. Fun film and worth the time. Loved seeing Famke Jenssen from Hemlock Grove in the film. She's so good at multi-dimensional powerful matriarch roles. Like Tim Roth, she does warped so well.
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I COMPLETELY LOST IT OVER THE FACT THAT HANSEL GOT FUCKING DIABETES FROM EATING THE GINGERBREAD HOUSE
Waiting for the next episode of Roots to come on, I rewatched this fun movie that nonetheless manages to make me a little upset over the anachronisms even though I know they are campy and deliberate.
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- Does Hansel have diabetes?
- Jeremy Renner is too damn broody and pouty, he reminds me of Daniel Craig
- 100% more Gretel and 100% less Hansel. Alternately Gretel and Mina or Gretel and Ben.
- [SPOILER] Mina really didn't have to die. I don't get it.
Gemma Arterton is the hottest/sexiest/most beautiful witch hunter ever. I am not a witch, but please Gemma I want you to hunt me. Please!
(The movie was crazy but it was fun.)
"dont eat the fucking candy"
Hirn aus, Unterhaltung an.
Der Film macht einfach Spaß zu schauen. Der trashige Stil wird konsequent durchgezogen ohne das etwas zu dramatisch oder aufgesetzt wirkt. Gute Effekte und viel Blut!
I wasn't into it, and then I was. And then I wasn't. Still, it was fun to see Jeremy Renner and Gemma Arterton in something so completely over the top.
I'M VERY SICK
now adding any suggestions!