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Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters
Classic tale. New twist.
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…
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…
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…
Até que gostei dos protagonistas.... Mesmo o Jeremy Renner parecendo que esta atuando como o Hawkeye.
Filme bem bobinho, e efeitos visuais as vezes são meio toscos, o Troll Edward parece que veio do diretamente do castelo Rá-Tim-Bum.
There is clear potential here, with hilarious face-stomps a la "Drive" and some Tarantino-esque blood splatters, but "Witch Hunters" is also lazily made, underdeveloped, and narratively bland. Shame, because it really could have been awesome.
More like Hansel & Gretel: Bucket of Shit Hunters! And they sure did find that bucket of shit in this movie.
When you make a movie called Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters (which you shouldn't, because that's a fucking stupid idea), you should make it as ridiculous and self-aware as possible. This was not. This tried to be like a cool action film and it failed miserably.
They make a Goldilocks and the 3 Bears type joke, and I bet whoever wrote that shit their pants thinking it was the most clever thing they'd ever thought of. Well it wasn't!
The special effects were kind of cool in places, in other places they already looked horribly dated. I bet someone like George Lucas likes this film. That's not a Star Wars dig or anything, I can just imagine him in his basement in Yoda underpants being entertained by this.
All I wanted was some simple light entertainment containing witches and a bit of fun blood spatter. Using that as a basis for my judgement, I have to say that it mainly delievered. Not really a film to hate unless you expected far too much in the first place.
Better than expected after all bad reviews from friends.
Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters - This modern spin on the classic fairy tale is just another trash 'B Movie' that you'll easily forget! (C)
Action-packed, bloodily-brilliant, so epic!
It freakin' blew my mind. I just loved how this film became a much darker twist to the classic fairytale, and that is exactly what I want in fairytale films.
I thought it was great to see Gemma Arterton her best acting debut; not only in her first action film(unless you count Quantum of Solace) but in an American accent too!
And Jeremy Renner was brilliant, best in his roles since The Hurt Locker, The Avengers and The Bourne Legacy.
And was it weird to admit that Famke Janssen wasa hot lookin? Probably due to mature age, but aside from that; excellent villainous portrayal.
I loved everything about; the scary scenes, the fight scenes, and even a few bits in it that were a little funny.
You should all read Tasha Robinson's excellent A.V. Club review of this film, which articulates my complete confusion about it far better than I could have.
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