[Movie review] Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters

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I caught the latest fictional “fairy-tale-gone-wrong” screenplay Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters, last week with my colleagues when it first rolled its sneak previews out. Rated NC-16, it is definitely far from the Hansel and Gretel we all used to hear when we were kids.

Starring Jeremy Renner, Gemma Arterton and Famke Janssen, this “fantasy horror” (so they proclaim) promises to unveil a side of Hansel and Gretel you’ve never imagined or expected. Do take this piece of advice that the trailer you watch online or on screens is not as what it portrays.

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(L-R) Famke Janssen, Jeremy Renner and Gemma Arterton

Synopsis of the movie:

After getting a taste for blood as children, Hansel (Jeremy Renner) and Gretel (Gemma Arterton) have become the ultimate vigilantes, hell bent on retribution. As the fabled Blood Moon approaches, the siblings encounter a new form of evil that might hold a secret to their past.

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This 88 minute movie will see Jeremy Renner and Gemma Arterton star as Hansel and Gretel respectively, with Famke Janssen taking on a darker side as the head witch. You can expect truckloads of gore (probably on par with the Final Destination series) as you journey into this movie where witches, trolls and flying broomsticks become a reality.

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But animations aside, I feel that this movie is a little too predictable. Despite the excellent acting by Renner and Janssen in their fight between good and evil, happenings coming up in the next shot seem almost evident in the way the movie is shaped. Takes out the fun and suspense, I feel.

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I must say I’m amazed at Janssen’s portrayal of the head witch.

Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters is screening in all major cinemas now. There is also a 3D version available, though I’m not too sure how good the effects would be. If you’re the kind who enjoys laughing at Final Destination movies, this should work out well for you. But if you’re easily disgusted by gore, blood and crushed heads, or have just had a hearty meal, perhaps it might be good to give this a miss.

Disclaimer: All photographs published in this post are courtesy of the Internet.

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