Get out of your head any thoughts of taking the 2013 Tommy Wirkola (Dod Sno aka Dead Snow) written and directed film in a super serious light and I can promise that you will have one hell of a fun ride for the entire 88 minutes of this film in all its visually stunning glory.
"Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters" was a pure delight to watch. The story was simple, the plot and characters were not very complex and no one on the production or acting sides wasted any time dragging out any aspects of this film, which worked out perfectly and in it's favor.
Filmed in various places in Germany, the locations were gorgeous in every way, the forests were miraculous and the cottages and houses were detailed and sculpted in superior fashion. The effects, both computer generated and from the make up crew were excellent, while the different filters Wirkola used were top notch as well.
Never mind the fact that the most of the characters, in particular, the voice of Hansel, (Jeremy Renner) carries no accent whatsoever and everyone uses the modern day slang that we exercise today. To me that simply set the tone for the film being all for fun, and action packed more than Oscar worthy performances or screenwriting. So from that point on I eased up on my critique because I had more of a grasp on the aim of this movie.
I loved the time and effort the crew obviously put into the witches and Edward (The Troll), while I commend the final sequences for being short, concise and as I mentioned before, not dragging out or wasting time.
I truly did have a blast watching "Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters" and did see some benefits of watching it in 3D. So do yourself a favor and let your critical guard down for an hour and a half and take your date to this film, I feel like you both will get a kick out of it.