Thursday, February 7, 2013

I finally got a chance to see Hansel and Gretel Witch Hunters tonight.  I had previously had screening passes to see this.  But the screening was on one of those 20 degrees F nights in New York this winter so I passed. The movie is an interesting twist on the classic story of Hansel and Gretel coming upon a cottage made out of candy that has a witch as its owner.  Be warned there are spoilers in the next paragraph!

Like the classic tale, these Hansel and Gretel also defeated the witch by cooking her in the oven.  But this story continues afterwards of when they've grown up.  You see, they've used their experience from the first witch to become witch hunters, and they're quite successful at it too.  Hansel is played by relatively new action star Jeremy Renner (Avengers, The Bourne Legacy) while Gretel was played by Gemma Arterton (Quantum of Solace, Clash of the Titans).  I really enjoyed both of their characters and wish there were a bit more character dialogue from them and character development.  I guess the good thing about the movie is that there were a lot of action scenes.  The weapons they used was very cool, and the period pieces and costumes was nice as well.  The only other issue I would have with the movie is the faith of the white witch.  If the box office does well I hope they will make a sequel.  They've definitely left it open where it can be a franchise movie with several sequels.  As with most 3D movies, was it really necessary to be in 3D?  Probably not, but some of the scenes they definitely made good use of it.

Have you seen Hansel and Gretel Witch Hunters yet?  What did you think?

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