3.5 out of 5
Everyone knows the story of little Hansel and Gretel who are abandoned in the woods by their father. The little tykes manage to find their way to the witch’s home, eat a lot of candy and then the evil witch tries to cook them to eat. They turn the tables, burn the witch in her own oven, and survive. What happened after?
“Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters” follows the now grown up children as they pursue witches all around the world, hunting them down and killing them, ridding the earth of their plague. Hansel has the fairytale equivalent of diabetes, and both siblings are immune to magic spells. Armed with a wide array of steampunk-esque guns and other weapons, the children are set to rid the world of witches, one at a time.
All said, the movie was quite well done, with plenty of action sequences and an attempt at romance. Visually, the movie was stunning, with very few obvious special effects. Both Jeremy Renner and Gemma Arterton performed well, playing off each other effectively, and coming up with several funny one-liners.
In my opinion, the movie did not need an R rating. The cursing could have easily changed, and the only scene with nudity was completely unnecessary to the film as a whole. There is also an inordinate amount of gore, with people exploding into gooey piles of mush.
While entertaining to watch, and with never a dull moment, “Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters” was a slight disappointment. While I still recommend it as a good movie to watch, I wish that the director had toned it down slightly.