Not great, Kansas City but not bad! This film is definitely a new twist on an old fairy tale favorite. Jemma Arterton and Jeremy Renner play Hansel and Gretel. The main coNncept of the story is still the same. As children Hansel and Gretel are left in the woods by their parent. This time the parent is their father where as in the original story it is their step mother. In this version their parents abandoned them to save them because their mother turned out to be a good witch, but the towns people still burned her at the steak and hung their father. The children were left alone in the woods and they came upon a house made of candy. They enter the house and are held captive by a witch. Like in the original story they kill the witch. The twist is that as a result of that they become witch hunters and become famous for killing witches.
The special effects are well done. The scenes where the witches are flying on their brooms is so well done that it looks like they are really flying. The 3D effect isn't bad but it really isn't necessary. It doesn't make or break. The make up on the witches is very extreme. They look more like the living dead and ghouls. Not your typical witch. Plus their skin is blue and cracked. Very strange! Famke Jenson plays Muriel an evil witch who wants to kill Gretel and use her heart to make all witches immune to fire so they can't be burned at the steak. The weapons they used to kill the witches are not typical especially for Medieval times. They used automatic weapons which actually made no sense considering the time period.
This film holds your attention and is very humorous. It will win no awards, but it will definitely entertain you Kansas City. It gets 3 out of 5 popcorn bags.