On the rare occasions that you saw a TV spot for Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters, you probably said yo yourself, "That movie is going to be awful". It is understandable since the trailer makes the film look likea waste of Paramount and MGM's money. However, the film is surprisingly good. Is it one of the great films of 2013? No. It is entertaining though. The special effects, including wonderful use of 3D, make the movie what it is. It may be a little cheesy, but it is definitely worth a few dollars to see. Think of it as a quirky witch-infused Van Helsing.
Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters takes the classic tale of the two children tortured by a hag in her candy-coated cottage and puts a spin on it. The children are now grown up, and are famous for being professional witch-hunters. The witches are led by Famke Jenssen, whose makeup alone is worth watching the film for. There is also a CGI troll named Edward in the film that gives the film that little extra something special. In fact, the special effects are the driving force of the film. It is 100% worth paying the extra money to see it in 3D. Objects fly at the audience throughout the film. It is refreshing to see a 3D film making good use of the effect, instead of just making the world slightly three-dimesional and having you pay four extra dollars to basically experience the same thing as you would in 2D.
The casing is also enjoyable. At first it looks like Jeremy Renner is only in the film so that people will be willing to see it, but he is a decent choice for the title character and Gemma Arterton is excellent as foul-mouthed Gretel. However, their chemistry seems more romantic than sibling love at times. Jenssen also is a perfect choice for Muriel. However, one of her sidekicks character design makes them look like a teenaged boy, even though it is obviously a female and is referred to as such throughout the encounters between good and evil.
Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters may be flawed, but it is a much better film than the advertisements make it look. The cast is good, but the graphics are what make it such an entertaining film.