Directed By: Tommy Wirkola (Dead Snow)
Starring: Gemma Arterton, Jeremy Renner, Famke Janssen, Peter Stormare
Rating: R for strong fantasy horror violence and gore, brief sexuality/nudity and language
Run Time: 1 hour, 28 minutes
Synopsis: A re-imagining of the classic Brothers Grimm tale, years after escaping from the clutches of a witch when they were children, Hansel and Gretel (Renner and Arterton) have grown up to become professional witch hunters. When a city hit by a particularly bad rash of kidnapping by local witches hire the siblings, they wind up discovering more about the events that led up to their original witch encounter as children.
Andrew: Hello readers! So Sarah and I had pushed off seeing Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters off far enough and finally caught it at our local AMC last night. The film is a new spin on the old Brothers Grimm tale, starring Jeremy Renner (The Avengers) and Gemma Arterton (Quantum of Solace) in the title roles, with Famke Janssen (Taken 2) playing the head witch they are hunting. Now, this wasn’t a film that we thought, “Oh man we NEED to see that!” But it was one that piqued my interest…
Sarah: It definitely looked entertaining in a totally cheesy way.
A: Exactly. So now that we’ve seen Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters, Sarah, what did you think of it?
S: I thought that it was entertaining! It had a lot of action and some over-the-top gore and blood and guts. And it totally maintained its R rating with that violence and with the language. It was very much like The Brothers Grimm movie that starred Matt Damon and Heath Ledger mixed with the Van Helsing movie with Kate Beckinsale and Hugh Jackman. I loved it because of that. It was fun and entertaining and over-the-top silly. It’s been a while since we’ve been entertained at the movie theatre, and this one certainly entertained me. I didn’t have to think too hard. And I wasn’t repulsed by the gore or anything, so that was good.
So yeah, it was entertaining but not a whole lot more than that. What did you think?