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*** This review may contain spoilers ***
I absolutely loved this movie. This isn't going to be an Oscar winning
movie, so don't go in expecting that! If you are in the mood for just
mindless good entertainment, this is the movie for you. It is somewhat
like the show Supernatural if anyone is familiar with it :). Two badass
siblings ridding the world of evil witches after their parents
abandoned them. (you find out what really happened during the film).
Jeremy Renner is phenomenal as always and this was the first time I have seen Gemma Arterton but she was awesome in it too! It was refreshing to see a female lead who is a strong kick-ass lady who didn't have a romance attached to her in some way.
It was a clever, new take on a classic tale. I think the Grimm brothers would be proud. 10/10
Recently, we've become accustomed to seeing two types of fantasy romps
the darker ones such as 'Snow White and the Huntsman' and the less-
serious, genre-mashup, particularly Timur Bembakatov's 'Abraham
Lincoln: Vampire Hunter'. Consequently, it's unsurprisingly that Hansel
and Gretel would make it to the big-screen once more, however, with
this film, they can't be said to fall into either category, but
conversely, both. It's just unfortunate that the movie doesn't really
work as either.
Diluted down to its basics, the story is something that would intrinsically appeal to a younger audience, due to its fairytale roots, but here it has been given a more 'grown-up' treatment which means brash swearing, nudity and of course, violence. Subsequently, this graphic content is done in too childish a manner to make the film an 'adult' one. At the same time, it attempts to maintain a dark and grim atmosphere to possibly scare viewers, which fails, incidentally. Then, on top of this, there are scenes intended to be ones of genuine emotion to make you empathise with the characters and also scenes that strive to parody the fantasy genre. All of these elements are things that might just work together, but here feel rather disjointed. Also, it's been said that to properly make a parody of something you need to truly love it, but here, such scenes feel quite crass.
I'm aware that this movie is not supposed to be a high-brow work of art, it's supposed to be a slice of enjoyable fantasy adventure, and don't get me wrong, I love a good fantasy romp as much as the next man (I even have a soft spot for 2004's 'Van Helsing') and often relish a nice dollop of violent (and somewhat silly) action, having thoroughly enjoyed Zack Snyder's adaptation of '300'. Yet, I'd struggle to relate this film to being anything remotely close to enjoyable; I frequently tried to enjoy this movie, but couldn't find any cause to, with my interest consistently drifting off.
The action scenes are remarkably unremarkable, with editing that mightn't be out of place in a Michael Bay actioner and overstuffed with flimsy CGI. The characters themselves are unengaging, with Jeremy Renner and Gemma Arteton striding around with American accents that just confounded me, as other players such as Peter Stormare (who can do much better than this) have thick European accents. The creature make-up and design was nothing special and the ogre look unbelievably cheap. If you want to properly do fantasy creatures, just look at someone like Guillermo del Toro. But most significantly, the film was deathly dull, boring, and frankly, forgettable.
There's something of a trend going on today in cinema. And that is
gritty, violent reboots and re-tellings of old stories, whether they be
fictional fairy-tales or real-world figures. Yes, over the past couple
of years, audiences have been given odd reboots of old stories.
Everything from dark takes on classics like "Snow White", to even silly
"What If's?" featuring the likes of Abraham Lincoln... fighting
vampires. (Which ended up producing quite a fun, quirky little action
film, but I digress)
So I wasn't too surprised to learn that Hollywood was planning on unleashing a new take on the classic fable of "Hansel & Gretel", this time telling the story of how after escaping the witch who tried to kill them, the siblings went on a lifelong conquest to hunt other witches for profit. What I was surprised about was how much fun that film is. Yes, it's time to take a look at "Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters", a goofy, loud and very stupid action movie that is loaded floor-to-ceiling with rampant entertainment value, thankfully because it never takes itself too seriously.
We begin with a brief re-telling of the classic, with some alterations. After a young Hansel and Gretel are lead out to the woods by their father, and survive a struggle against a cruel witch inside of the infamous gingerbread-house, they are unable to find their way home, or figure out what happened to their parents. Now grown up, having assumed the roles of bounty-hunters who kill witches for payment, Hansel (Jeremy Renner) and Gretel (Gemma Arterton) find themselves in the town of Augsburg, which is being terrorized by witches that have been abducting local children. They are hired to figure out what is happening, return the children and slay the witches responsible. However, they soon realize the true threat, a witch named Muriel (Famke Janssen), may be a bigger threat than any they have ever faced, and that their journey may hold the keys to solving the leftover mysteries of their past.
The acting is a tad mixed, I will admit. Renner is a lot of fun as Hansel, but is a tad wooden on screen. Almost as if he is unsure what to do with his limited development as a character. Arterton is great, however, giving Gretel a fairy fun, complex personality and enriching her role quite a bit. Janssen is a one-dimensional villain for sure, but she seems to be having a lot of fun hamming it up during her scenes. And supporting roles by the likes of Thomas Mann and Peter Stormare are decently played.
The script by writer/director Tommy Wirkola is quite fun, albeit flawed. I cannot tell if it's the fault of the script of over-eager editing, but the film does move way too fast at times. At only 88 minutes, it really feels like the film could have used a bit more footage to give it a more organic flow. Characters are also under- written and the storyline is very predictable. However, there is a lot of fun to be had in the quirky, not-taking-itself-too- seriously tone, and the over-the-top style. (When our heroes casually toss around "f-bombs" while lopping off the heads of witches in gloriously gory sequences, you know the film is aiming to entertain first and is not taking itself too serious) There's also a surprising amount of humor here that works quite well, and gave me some good belly-laughs. (Which is somewhat unsurprising upon learning that funny-man Will Ferrell and his frequent collaborator Adam McKay are producers here.)
Wirkola's direction is a lot better than his writing, though. The film is dripping with style, giving us some very cool action sequences, a lot of great visual touches and a fantastic eye for design. (This film for me has the most iconic "Gingerbread House" I've seen in any adaptation of the story.)
And it's mainly that kinetic, stylized, over-the-top style of the film that makes it work so well. Something about this flick just clicks, despite the under-written characters and rushed pace. That fact it doesn't take itself too serious, and is full of such fun direction really makes up for the other faults, and makes this an enjoyable sit for audiences.
It's pure dumb-fun fluff at its finest. All style, jokes and action. And I appreciate films like that from time to time.
And because it is such a fun time, I give it a pretty-good 7 out of 10.
I've had this movie on my watch list for a while now and have noticed
over time the ratings have gotten better. I recently saw it's worldwide
box office at over $300million so I thought I would give it a shot and
see if it was indeed worth the wait.
It was. Hansel and Gretal was much better than I thought. The CGI was great and the storyline was good as well. My only complaint on the movie was it's short running time, 90mins I think. The movie would have easily been better as a two hour or more movie which would allow the story to expand in some areas and better tell some details that certain scenes needed. While the film itself was great and the story fit the running time, I felt that as I was really getting into the movie there wasn't much movie left. All in all, this movie was much better than I expected. It's worth the watch.
But this film is not quite as good as Hellboy. Of course any child or
grown-up knows the classic tale of Hansel and Gretel by the Brothers
Grimm. It is about a brother and sister(Hansel and Gretel) abandoned
deep within the woods by their father who follows every command of
their newly acquired evil stepmother. Hansel lays a trail of white
pebbles during the trip.
After their parents abandon them, the children wait for the moon to rise and then they follow the pebbles back home. They return home safely, much to their stepmother's horror. Once again provisions become scarce, and the stepmother angrily orders her husband to take the children further into the woods and leave them there to die. Hansel and Gretel attempt to gather more pebbles, but find the doors locked and find it impossible to escape from their parents' house.
The following morning, the family treks into the woods. Hansel takes a slice of bread and leaves a trail of bread crumbs to follow home. However, after they are once again abandoned, the children find that birds have eaten the crumbs and they are lost in the woods.
The children try to find a way out, but stumble across a witches hut made out of every sort of sweet things imaginable: cakes, cookies, sugar candy, chocolate, cream etc., etc. The children begin to consume parts of the house when the door to the house opens and out pops an old woman who invites them in and sets before them a scrumptious feast. She is actually an evil witch who uses the house to lure unsuspecting children on whom she feasts.
Her plan was to fatten Hansel and then to eat him. So after the children have eaten, she immediately puts Hansel in cage and locks it. She then orders Gretel to do all sorts of chores in the house, of which the most important was to feed Hansel. As the days passed the witch asked Hansel to stick out his finger which she feels to see if he is fat enough to be cooked and eaten. But Hansel cleverly offers a bone he found in the cage (presumably a bone from the witch's previous captive) and the witch feels it, thinking it is his finger. Due to her blindness, she is fooled into thinking Hansel is still too thin to eat. After weeks of this, the witch grows impatient and decides to eat Hansel, "be he fat or lean." She prepares the oven for Hansel, but decides she is hungry enough to eat Gretel, too. She coaxes Gretel to open the oven and prods her to lean over in front of it to see if the fire is hot enough. Gretel, sensing the witch's intent, pretends she does not understand what she means. Infuriated, the witch demonstrates, and Gretel instantly shoves the witch into the oven and slams and bolts the door shut, leaving "The ungodly witch to be burned to ashes", with the witch screaming in pain until she dies. Gretel frees Hansel from the cage, and the pair discover a vase full of treasure and precious stones. Putting the jewels into their clothing, the children set off for home. A swan ferries them across an expanse of water, and at home they find only their father; his wife died from unknown causes. Their father had spent all his days lamenting the loss of his children, and is delighted to see them safe and sound. With the witch's wealth, they all live happily ever after.
Okay on to THIS FILM: After destroying the witch, Hansel and Gretel become famed bounty hunters dedicated to mercilessly eradicating witches, slaying over six hundred of them. Their work is relatively easy because, for an unknown reason, they are immune to spells and curses. Hansel, however, is diabetic as a result of his ordeal and needs to take a regular shot of insulin every few hours.
One day, in the town of Augsburg, Hansel and Gretel prevent Sheriff Berringer from executing Mina, a young woman accused of witchcraft. Mayor Englemann has hired the siblings to find and rescue several children abducted by witches.
Watch this film to find out what happens next! This film is fasted paced with graphic action scenes and gore and has some nudity. Therefor I wouldn't recommend this film for children under 13 years.
Notable Stars: Famke Jannsen(Deep Rising,X-Men Trilogy, Goldeneye, Lord Of Illusions), Peter Stormare(Fargo, 8mm, Lockout) and Jeremy Renner (Dahmer(MUST SEE FILM!) The Avengers)).
Similar films: Hocus Pocus (1993), Warlock(1989).
I guess that this is quite a good film. A more sinister 'fairy tale'
with plenty blood and gore moments.
I do however, have a few issues: I usually quite like Gemma Arteton but the one thing that really lets this down is the appallingly bad American accent; it's quite tiresome.
Another thing is the annoying 'yet another witch breaks free only to be caught again' moments, or the real terrible aim of the so-called 'witch hunter!.
However, if you can ignore all of this, then the film itself is quite alright.
It has some good special effects and is comical in places (not sure if it's meant to if if i just found them bad/funny!).
A film to enjoy on an evening when you have nothing better to watch!
I went into this movie having low expectations, primarily because of
the harsh reviews seen on IMDb by Users. Perhaps this is why it was so
shocking to be so intriguing!
Honestly, I thoroughly enjoyed the movie. It was the best adaptation/transformation of a fairy tale I have seen. The gore didn't worry me, but I can see why some were shocked. But this shouldn't be why it is receiving the 2-4/10 ratings!
I would usually last half a fairytale movie without picking up my phone, but this one kept me watching the whole film! Definitely deserves a higher overall rating than 6.1/10! Come on!
This film was already riveting my attention judging just from the movie
cover. And I'm definitely the kind of person who chases after all kinds
of fantasy/action/adventure films.
I'm not going to describe all my favorite scenes or else I'll spoil the film for those of you who have not yet seen it, but the storyline was brilliant with some changes and stunning adaptations from the original fairy tale. "Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters" absolutely reached my expectation and satisfaction. Actually it's much better than I expected it to be!
Jeremy Renner (Hansel) and Gemma Arterton (Gretel) acted spot-on in playing their roles. The film was outstanding, exciting, action-horror packed, memorable, and very attention-grabbing! This would definitely be on the top of my recommendation-of-films list. A fantastic watch! It's a 9/10 from me.
See this film version of "Hansel and Gretel" and I guarantee that you will not be disappointed!
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The story is quite a humorously written action version of the Hansel
and Gretel fairytale. The original fairytale gets covered quickly with
the house made of candy and the witch. Fast forward to the pair of
adult witch slayers. Liked the modern dialog thrown in eg the fan
stuff. Also the weapons were inventive with the version of modern guns.
The explanation of the parents story is clever and the troll and good
witches complete the plot well.
The violence makes this one for only older teens upwards. It has lost of killings and lots of fighting - maybe too much punching and kicking and exploding bodies. Still not as graphically violent as a Quentin movie. The witches are a refreshing villain - we have had too many zombies and vampires. Their powers seemed way too strong though.
I always thought Famke Janssen is more suited to the villain role and she is well cast here as the evil witch. Gemma is quite suited to her tomboyish role. Jeremy Renner is a strange pick. Someone a bit more leading man looking would have been a better choice.
Overall worth a watch for more mature audiences.
I just watched this movie and it reminded me of the same type of
entertainment and special effects and make up as Army of Darkness from
the Evil Dead series. It was comical and truly entertaining and
unpredictable at times. Even though, the DVD I rented was not in 3-D as
it was released in the theatres, it was just like watching the 3-D
version on my flat screen TV. Despite some of the comments in the
forums, the casting for this movie was excellent. This movie was some
good old fashion entertainment that would normally fall under Cult
Classics. It was kind of like Conan the Barbarian (original version)
meets Army of Darkness.
I sure hope there is a sequel!!
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