Sunday, February 10, 2013

Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters - Movie Review

Starring Jeremy Renner, Gemma Arterton, Famke Janssen, Peter Stormare and Thomas Mann.
Directed by Thomas Wirkola.


Not sure what the thought process was behind this hybrid action-adventure-comedy-splatterfest.  Were they aiming for Van Helsing?  Was that the high-end bar they set for themselves?  Because it throws in elements of Your Highness, Red Riding Hood and Season of the Witch as well.  Yeah, all high-quality products, them.

Jeremy Renner, not a natural comedian, plays Hansel, and Gemma Arterton (Clash of the Titans) plays Gretel.  The two kids are grown up and thirst for hunting witches ever since one tried to eat them as children.  The witches, aside from the main villain Famke Janssen, might as well be orcs.  They are CG-creatures waiting to be mowed down.

If it had gone for more comedy, then maybe it could have worked.  Or if it had committed more to the period in its aim for action, maybe that would have worked. The Arnold-esque one-liners thrown in aren't funny, the action is indistinguishable from any other video-game-style movie, but at least I can say I wasn't bored.  It's fast-paced, mercifully short (88 minutes) and frank about its stupidity.

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