20 July 2013

Movies: Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters

Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters (2013) http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1428538/

We all know the fairy tale of Hansel & Gretel, abandoned in the woods, gingerbread house, witch, oven, etc. This film follows Hansel & Gretel as adults. They are professional witch hunters now.

Stars Jeremy Renner as Hansel and Gemma Arterton as Gretel. Renner has been in quite a few films these past years, including the newest Borne installment, the Avengers, etc. Arterton I remember most from her role in "The Disappearance of Alice Creed", however she's done fine in Clash of the Titans and Prince of Persia, After her "Alice Creed" roles the latter two seem a waste of her talent, but then again she's gotta be seen to get work. Oh wow - just saw she was in Quantum of Solace. Don't remember offhand seeing her in that, but it's been a while since I've watched it.
A couple other notables in the cast are the always entertaining Peter Stormare ("where is pancakes house?")  and Famke Janssen (X-Men, Taken, The Faculty, Hemlock Grove). Oh yeah, one of the dudes who plays a Predator is in it too, and just as buried in prosthetics so you probably wouldn't even know that.

Anyway, enough about cast.

If you've seen "Brothers Grimm" or "Van Helsing" you probably have an idea how this film is going to look/feel. So just sit back and watch. Action, entertainment, stunts and special effects. Although for as feared witch hunters as they are, Hansel and Gretel  seem rather terrible at it. Perhaps it's the strength of this particular witch. I dunno. There is some retelling of the fairy tale, a little change to and deepening of the explanation as to why their father abandoned them in the woods, basically to shoehorn in some motivation and plot explanations.

So if you're not adverse to just sitting back and watching a film it works. If you're looking for something deeper/darker in the Hansel and Gretel story, this doesn't do it.

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