Everybody knows the story of Brothers Grimm’s Hansel and Gretel—the kids got lost in the woods, found and entered a house made of candies, and then they were lured and enslaved by the evil witch—at least that is as far as I know. In this re-telling of the fairy-tale, Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters has just gotten a little bit more twisted. Coming from the bloody and gruesome story of their childhood past, Hansel (Jeremy Renner) and Gretel (Gemma Arterton) have become the ultimate vigilantes, thirsty for more witches’ blood. Once the hunters, they have become the hunted, and together must face an evil that is far greater than witches, something that is connected to their past.
I love the concept of twisting an age-old story to a more brutal and gory execution for a typical action movie. To my disappointment, everything just came out as premature. Yes, there is blood but I was expecting more blood, there is action but I was expecting more explosive and memorable action sequences. Worse, I was expecting an engaging, heart-pounding story and all I got was a seemingly simple and mundane story.
Often times lost in the words, I kept thinking whether this is a period film or set in the present time. Famke Janssen, who plays the main villain Muriel, delivers a rather good performance. Though the rest of the actors (including Janssen) almost saved the movie, unfortunately they did not.
Don’t expect too much from this movie or else you will go out the cinema underwhelmed. Just look at me.
2 out of 5 stars