woensdag 1 januari 2014

100 Movie Challenge 2014 - # 1: Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters

Director: Tommy Wirkola
Genre: Action/ Fantasy/ Adventure/ Horror
Runtime: 88 minutes
Year: 2013
Starring: Jeremy Renner, Gemma Arterton, Famke Janssen, Peter Stormare, Pihla Viitala, Thomas Mann

Description: Hansel and Gretel are left alone in the woods by their father and captured by a dark witch in a candy house. However they kill the witch and escape from the spot. Years later, the orphans (Jeremy Renner and Gemma Arterton) have become famous witch hunters. When eleven children go missing in a small village, the Mayor summons Hansel and Gretel to rescue them, and they save the red haired Mina (Pihla Viitala) from the local sheriff (Peter Stormare) that wants to burn her accusing Mina of witchcraft. Soon they discover that the Blood Moon will approach in three days and the powerful dark witch Muriel (Famke Janssen) is the responsible for the abduction of children. She intends to use the children together with a secret ingredient in a Sabbath to make the coven of witches protected against the fire.

Review: Who doesn’t know the classic tale of Hansel and Gretel, where two kids wander of in the woods and find a house of candy? It’s actually one of my favorite fairytales and I always like fairytale retellings. Director Tommy Wirkola decided to tell this old story with a twist.
The story starts out the way we know it, but the kids Hansel and Gretel grow up to be heroes, witch hunters. And they’re pretty good at it.
Jeremy Renner and Gemma Arterton are believable as a brother and sister and have the “it’s us against the world” mentality. When I looked at the style of the film, the clothing, it made me think of the movie “Van Helsing” (2004): leather and steampunk like weapons. A lot of humor is used to give the characters some dimension, but besides Hansel and Gretel they are all pretty one dimensional. The visuals are pretty good and it’s a perfect popcorn movie. Was it a good movie? Well, no, but it was highly entertaining.

Rating: 3/ 5

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