Reviews and Problems with Hansel And Gretel: Witch Hunters
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Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters
Sound & Vision Magazine
24 October 2013
Excerpt: The 3D sports superb clarity and depth of field with only minute instances of halos or ghosting in the darker scenes. Foreground and background delineation is excellent, particularly in the forest sequences with hovering tree branches and foliage. It also makes appropriate use of the medium (or flagrant abuse of it, depending on your perspective) with heavy amounts of carnage, shrapnel, and splatter gore coming right at you.
Excerpt: We all know the fairytale of Hansel & Gretel, how as little children they were left behind in the forest, found a house made of candy, inhabited by a witch who wanted to make them fat and then eat them, and how they finally managed to beat her and escape. But what happened afterwards to the little rascals? Well, that’s what we get to see in Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters!
Excerpt: When I first saw the trailers for Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters , I had to chuckle. I mean we all think of the classic children’s story with them eating candy from a house made of it, right? In truth, this scene is actually in the movie, but it’s of little consequence. One of the great things about movies is that they can take classic tales and put a new twist on them and, viola, you’ve got yourself a movie.
Excerpt: Going into Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters , I expected the worst. With the trend of updating fairy tale stories and classic children’s books in a dark and moody style, I expected another meaningless movie with little to no story and/or characters worth anyone’s time.
Conclusion: 'Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters' isn't the best re-imagining of a classic tale, but it's a hell of lot more fun, memorable and likable than most of the others. It not only adds wit and charm to the playfully violent twist of the Brothers Grimm story, but it's absolutely entertaining. After making five times its production budget at the worldwide box office, Paramount has already green-lit a sequel.
Summary: The acting was good across the board for the most part, my one performance issue being with Peter Stormare, who I believe was terribly underutilized in this film. Renner and Arterton were great, though their different accents made belief in them being siblings slightly difficult, their performances actually helped establish a sibling bond that overrides their different voices.
Excerpt: Orphaned by their parents and taking their survivalist witch burning as a career calling, Hansel & Gretel grow up to blow off heads, splatter brains, and sever limbs of witches they so despise. Vehemently acting out at a forest full of witches convening for a Blood Moon convention (of sorts), the duo take a job from a town under siege by their horror genre brethren. The results are absurdly stupendous.
Conclusion: The fantasy horror action comedy Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters offends much less than a film so poorly reviewed typically does. That's because while it is a dumb movie aspiring to little more than graphic splatters and profane one-liners,
Conclusion: So there you have it. This one’s all about a matter of opinion. Your opinion! If it was me, I couldn’t recommend this as anything more than a rental. But if you are a hardcore fan of the film, one of those 14% of the population I mentioned above (or even like Ghost Rider and Catwoman ), or maybe you’re a Gemma Arterton completist like me and you have to have everything she has appeared in, then you know what to do.
Conclusion: Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters plays just as expected. It's pure fantasy, over-the-top goofy, don't-take-me-seriously in action and dialogue both. It's also hugely predictable, largely unimaginative in execution, and a perfect example of everything that's wrong with modern mainstream cinema. But it's still technically well made and offers serviceable, albeit mindlessly serviceable, entertainment.