Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters Review

Director: Tommy Wirkola.

Starring: Jeremy Renner, Gemma Arterton, Famke Janssen, Peter Stormare.

Running Time: 88 minutes.

Certificate: 15.

Synopsis: Hansel and Gretel – you know the drill. Only now they’re bounty hunters who travel the world, hunting down witches. As the legendary Blood Moon approaches, a new threat arises that holds the secrets of their tortured past.

Every so often, Hollywood stumbles across a premise it can continue to mine for years to come. The current wave of superhero-mania burst into consciousness around 2008 with the releases of Iron Man and The Dark Knight, and 2013 is set to see another explosion of a particular premise, though it’s one that’s been creeping up for a while.

It started, one might argue, with Tim Burton’s Alice In Wonderland in 2010 – after all, Lewis Carroll’s 1865 novel is commonly bundled together with the likes of ‘Little Red Riding Hood’, ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’ and ‘Hansel and Gretel’. And,
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