Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters

Hansel & Gretel retold in an adult fairy tale.

Hansel-and-Gretel-Witch-Hunters1Very rarely do I see a film which blows away my expectations; the last was “Thor”. But Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters did exactly that.

We all know the famous German fairy tale Hansel and Gretel, where a brother and sister are taken and left in the woods, they find a house made out of gingerbread. The owner of the house who is a witch kidnaps the children, locks Hansel up and forces Gretel to be a slave. The witch try’s to fatten up Hansel so she can eat him. On the day the witch is ready to eat the child Gretel breaks free and burns the witch in the oven that was meant for her brother Hansel.

Now many years after the gingerbread house incident. Hansel and Gretel have grown up into vengeful bounty hunters who have dedicated their lives to hunting down and exterminating witches. They are hired by the mayor of Augsburg to find the numerous missing children of the town, but this goes deeper than just the missing children.

I went into this film expecting it to be mediocre but was pleasantly surprised. It is a modern take on the famous fairy tale and also a very adult take on it. You can expect swearing and a bit of nudity so leave the kids at home. The films CGI is decent, not the best but all the witches looked very believable. Jeremy Renner and Gemma Arterton had great chemistry as brother and sister; they were both good in their own way.

Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters is one of those films that knows it’s stupid and runs with it. You’re not going to get a fantastic plot with mind bending twist and brilliant dialog; after all it’s based on a fairy tale. But what you do get is a fun filled movie with lots of humour good effects and a decent narrative.

Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters is in cinemas now.

Rating 6/10

By Fiaz Ali

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