Movie Review: Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters

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Abandoned in the woods as children, siblings Hansel & Gretel learn to survive on their own in a time when witches are rampant across the land. As they grow up, the pair gains fame as ruthless witch seekers and destroyers. In Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters, they are sought after to help a town defeat some witches and recover the townsfolk’s missing children before the dreaded blood moon festival.

Though the origins of Hansel and Gretel may stem from children’s fairytales, make no mistake the movie Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters is not intended for little ones. This film features gore that would rival some horror films (which is great for me because I love horror movies), inappropriate language, and nudity. If you like your fairy tales to be light hearted and fluffy, this movie is NOT for you. I would suggest something more along the lines of The NeverEnding Story, Princess Bride, or Enchanted. All of which are delightful family fun.

Pros:
All the creative ways the witches are killed.
I loved that this movie showed a dark, serious, and violent side of fairy tales along the same vein as Snow White and The Huntsman. Have you ever read Grimms’ Fairy Tales? They aren’t exactly full of joy and rainbows.
Hansel (Jeremy Renner) and Gretel (Gemma Arterton) are certainly a force to be recked with. They are Samuel L. Jackson tough which pleasantly surprised me. For some reason when I saw the trailer I thought this movie might be campy…wow was I ever wrong!
Femke Janssen was the perfect actress to play Muriel. She is confident, beautiful and portrays evil rather well.

Cons:
Hansel was a bit of jerk (drinking too much, trolling for women, and acting rude to a fan, just to cite some examples) which disappointed me. I really wanted to like him more since he is a main character.
Gretel doesn’t find love. This is a fairy tale! Where is a dashing, brave man who will capture her heart? I really missed this movie having a love story element.

Rating 3: Breaks The Spell I enjoyed this movie and always appreciate when a film has the power to surprise me, but I don’t think I need to see this one again. If I find myself in the mood for gore I’ll pop Saw into my Blu-ray player instead.

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