“Hansel & Gretal: Witch Hunters” is an interesting twist on the old fairy tale “Hansel & Gretal.” In the original fairy tale, both children are abandoned in the woods by their parents and stumble upon a house made of candy. They enter the house and continue to eat all the candy when they are suddenly captured by the home-owner, who happens to be a witch that loves to eat children. Both children manage to escape the house killing the witch in the process. This is where “Hansel & Gretal: Witch Hunters” continues the story several years later. Hansel (Jeremy Renner) and Gretal (Gemma Arterton) are now older and work as professional witch bounty hunters. Besides trying to find out what happened to their parents, they somehow discover a greater scheme involving a ring of witches being led by Muriel (Famke Janssen).
Visually, I thought this was a great movie. The use of the depth in 3D was awesome and the fire looked so realistic in 3D. I loved the costumes and the overall feel of the movie. Also the music was actually really good and enhanced the atmosphere of the movie. They also included lots of extras and bonus footage and gave the option to view the unrated version of the movie. I also liked how the movie was packed with action and cool fight scenes.
However, there were some aspects of “Hansel & Gretal: Witch Hunters” that I was not too pleased with. For instance, the acting was a bit dry and the dialogue was a bit mediocre. The only exception to this problem was Famke Janssen as Muriel. She was an awesome villain and the most badass person in the whole movie. Also, aside from the action, the overall story felt a bit disconnected and did not always make any sense. These issues plagued the movie and brought their rating down.
I loved the fairy tale as a kid and this was a decent attempt to elaborate on it, but missed out on some points. Overall, it was a good action movie and it was filled with lots of fantasy elements, but lacked a lot of decent story telling. Famke shined bright in the movie and outshined the rest of the cast. For a children’s fairy tale this might be a bit too much for kids, but not make much sense for adults. For those reasons, I am giving “Hansel & Gretal: Witch Hunters” a “C-.”