Movie Review – Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters

Or Whatever You Do, Do Not Eat the F**king Candy

 

I freely admit I walked into this film not expecting much. I can now say I was pleasantly surprised.

 

This film expands and puts a twist on the fairytale we all know. We start off with the two children, Hansel and Gretel, taken into the woods. The children find the Candy House, get captured by the Hideous Witch, kill the witch and are praised for it.

 

Suddenly, Hansel and Gretel find themselves part of a growing new industry. They are considered heroes by most and the best in the business. The siblings find themselves contacted by the mayor of a town, where many children have gone missing but are not believed dead. Hansel and Gretel come into the town and immediately save a young woman from being burned as a witch.

 

As the story continues, we meet a trio of witches plotting to become invincible. We also meet a non-sparkly character, Edward, played by Derek Mears (Friday the 13th) and voiced by Robin Atkins Downes (Babylon 5). I must say, even being a troll, he is much more expressive and interesting that Robert Pattinson’s vampire ever was.

 

This film was directed by Tommy Wirkola, who previously made Dead Snow – a very gory and dark story featuring Nazi Zombies.  It is a wonderful horror film – very witty, and fun!

 

There is a lot of action and fun gore in Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters. Along with tons of witty dialogue, Jeremy Renner and Gemma Arterton are very charming and fun. Famke Janssen, you just love to hate in this amusing film. I definitely recommend Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters. Remember not to eat lots of candy beforehand!

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