Every child is familiar with the Brother Grimm’s tale of ‘Hansel and Gretel’. The infamous pair are brother and sister who become lost in the woods and ultimately defeat a witch. Paramount Pictures and Metro Goldwyn Meyer present the new and improved version of this children’s fable, ‘Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters.’
The film stars Jeremy Renner as Hansel and Gemma Arterton as Gretel who are now traveling the countryside (clad in leather outfits) hunting and killing witches. Right about now, I know you are thinking this could not be a more farfetched story. But really, Hollywood has provided us with ghost hunters, vampire hunters, demon hunters and zombie hunters. So, why not have a film with witch hunters.
Surprisingly enough, the film works. Filled with action, adventure and 3D special effects the audience is transported into a world of witches, trolls, and cool weapons. As you know, I am not a fan 3D since it has become the norm to put it in every movie. But, I must admit that in this film, it is a welcomed asset. Objects fly off the screen and actually leap into the audience (you might find yourself bobbing and weaving). And creatures are so lifelike and gruesome, and down right peculiar they just might keep you interested.
The decision to have the characters dialogue to reflect idioms of the 20 Century aids in the comedic elements of the film. After all, it to view a person dressed in clothing of the middle ages and spewing the ‘F Bomb’ in an odd way creates a bond with ‘Ye Olde’ audience.
Hollywood's newest duo ‘Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters’ serves as a cautionary tale in case you encounter a candy house in the woods, just keep walking.