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Plot: In this spin on the fairy tale, Hansel & Gretel are now bounty hunters who track and kill witches all over the world. As the fabled Blood Moon approaches, the siblings encounter a new form of evil that might hold a secret to their past.
Runtime: 88 mins Release Date: 24 Jan 2013
Mostly I was interested in this movie knowing Tommy Wirkola directed it because I loved very much his Dead Snow, and it shows. It's stylish, dark, suspenseful, moderately gory, fast-paced and mesmerizing! I really can't recall enjoying another fairy tale this much. Finally a breath of fresh air. Great direction, great writing, great acting, great everything! The 3D rocked this time. I'll definitely go and see it again and will be looking forward to the Blu Ray.And Gemma Arterton is simply a goddess.
Excellent Film! (by punksharkchick)
I absolutely loved this movie. This isn't going to be an Oscar winning movie, so don't go in expecting that! If you are in the mood for just mindless good entertainment, this is the movie for you. It is somewhat like the show Supernatural if anyone is familiar with it : . Two badass siblings ridding the world of evil witches after their parents abandoned them. you find out what really happened during the film . Jeremy Renner is phenomenal as always and this was the first time I have seen Gemma Arterton but she was awesome in it too! It was refreshing to see a female lead who is a <more>
strong kick-ass lady who didn't have a romance attached to her in some way. It was a clever, new take on a classic tale. I think the Grimm brothers would be proud. 10/10
The best movie I have seen in a loooong time. (by c-cliff)
Forget the Hobbit and its long drawn out scenes and action for the sake of holding the movie together. This movie outclassed it in every aspect except scenic cinematography.The story line makes sense, there are no look ends hanging, the characters are enjoyable with no sense of being contrived. Events are foreshadowed amazingly well and for once Hollywood has turned out a movie that doesn't feel like they cut chunks out to make the movie shorter.If you like the genre, here is all you need to know. Cool guns, great fights, excellent witches, explosions and of course people getting squished <more>
by... Well... You will find out.Go see this movie!
I wasn't expecting anything deep or insightful or thought provoking when I went to see this. I was expecting a fantasy/horror movie with dark humor where I could turn off my brain and just enjoy the ride and that was pretty much what I got. I really enjoyed it. It was fun and funny and it was fairly obvious that their tongues were firmly in their cheeks when they made this. I enjoyed the 'Middle Ages meets Steampunk' aspect and thought it was a nice touch that Hansel actually developed the sugar sickness - a.k.a. diabetes - from being forced to eat all that candy as a kid.I <more>
enjoyed the brother/sister vibe between the two. You don't see a great many brother/sister action duos. At least, none come immediately to mind. It's always buddies/cops or soldiers and if there is a male/female pairing it's usually romantic. To have the protagonists be siblings was a refreshing twist. They both knew the other could take care of themselves but were still protective and concerned for each other.And as for taking care of themselves, hunting witches was never shown as easy. They each got their asses handed to them on numerous occasions and in the scene where we see Hansel shirtless, his body is covered in scars, both old and new.The only complaint I have is that it wasn't long enough. It's run time is just short of 90 minutes so they had ample room to expand a few scenes - or even add new ones - to flesh out the character development a little.
Wow. Great fun!Tommy Wirkola is the new Quintin Tarantio! Fresh, rocking and dark! And I also love the splatter-wannabe factor.The direction is rock solid, story is great and the dialog just works. For all of us who just go to the movies for the thrill and relief from reality, this is a MUST. If the brothers Grimm lived today, this would be their followup. : Gemma Arterton is a hard rock babe, Jeremy Renner is cool dude and Tommy Wirkola a possible genius.Wirkola still has this and that to learn, but watch out for this guy. Only dropped one point since some minor details could better, and my <more>
mrs found it a bit too violent Works as a plus for me :- Watch this movie! And if you're into zombie/splatter check out Dead Snow too!
This movie is an interesting take on the Hansel and Gretel fairy tale. Yes, it's one of those movies that's actually a dark rendition of a classic fairy tale. But I think this one is fun.People will and they already did compare it to previous movies which also are darker renditions of fairy tale, such as Snow White and the Huntsman, but really. This one is just not the same. It's a fun movie, with gore, a bit of comedy and lots of action. The pace is fast, the CGI's pretty good. Sure, its plot isn't deep, but I don't think it even tries to take itself seriously.Love <more>
the chemistry between Renner and Arterton, and I also love Edward the Troll, after Renner of course. Go see it, have fun seeing asses being kicked. 9/10 for me.
I seriously enjoyed this film-- it had more gore than Mel Gibson could shake a fist at, some very cute actors, and didn't waste time with excessive back-story and details, and gave me many good laughs.Its not an intellectually stimulating movie... duh. Its made to a hilariously entertaining popcorn flick with over-the-top action and unrealistic weapons that wouldn't have existed given the 'time period' this movie seems to be set in. So you folks out there giving it bad rap for not meeting your standards, calm down. Its clearly not trying to. : .This movie's violence <more>
reminded me of the Expendables-- but this film never takes itself too seriously like the other film does... I found this much more fun to watch.
Renner and Arterton: Killer Combination! (by 3xHCCH)
I couldn't believe my eyes when I first saw the poster for "Hansel and Gretel Witch Hunters" because it actually puts together my two favorite current movie stars, Jeremy Renner and Gemma Arterton! I liked Gothic interpretations of fairy tales like "Snow White and the Huntsman". And I also liked the "supernaturalization" of historical figures like "Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter" a lot. This film seems to be a cross of those two types, and so is one film I made sure I would watch this once it opened.Hansel and Gretel starts as we all know them from <more>
the fairy tale, children left by their parents in the woods. They were lured by a house made of candy, and was captured by the wicked witch who lived inside. We all know how the tale ends, when Hansel and Gretel push the witch into the oven. But that was just the beginning of the movie, for that was when this brother-sister team launch their career as mercenary witch hunters. When a mysterious series of missing children terrorizes a small town, its mayor hires Hansel and Gretel to look for the witches responsible and kill them.That was one shallow story line I know, but I really enjoyed myself while watching this movie. Yes, the gore factor was really high, but everything appeared to be done with tongue strictly in cheek. The actors Renner and Arteron are unquestionable bad-ass! They fit the titular roles very well. You will meet a new, more interesting "Edward" here. The CG and production design were quite good and imaginative. It was fun to spot traditional witch lore in the scenes, even as they took liberties to invent their own lore.As I mentioned, the film does not shy from bloody violence, as the envelope is pushed to graphically show various mechanisms of death, from crushing to exploding - close-up! There was a brief scene of a nude village beauty Mina Pihla Viitala as she seduces Hansel. There were even unexpected modern-day swear words during the witch battles. With all of these scenes, I do not really know how it got a PG-13 rating in this country! Anyway, despite and maybe because of all these surprises, I found the whole film a lot of grown-up fun, a very entertaining one and half hours.After the movie, I found out that the director was Tommy Wirkola, the same guy who directed the Norwegian Nazi zombies in the snow movie "Dead Snow." So that is why his strange Tarantino-esque sense of humor is all over this film. I am a fan! I will be awaiting his next project. However, for all the fun I had watching this film though, I think they should be happy with what they have now. I think a H&G sequel would already be pushing their luck.
A Nutshell Review: Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters (by DICK STEEL)
It's a little strange why this film wasn't given advanced press previews in the US, and for territories like ours there was a review embargo to comply with, signalling the lack of confidence the filmmakers and distributors have on this film update of the Hansel and Gretel storyline. Perhaps they're taking a leaf out of recent updates to fairy tales such as the two Snow White movies, and Red Riding Hood, that they want to be a bit deaf to criticisms, and to allow audiences to judge instead. But Hansel and Gretel as witch hunters followed the mold of Blade, and proved to be quite <more>
the mass market entertainer, with no pretences in wanting to be more.Written and directed by Norwegian Tommy Wirkola, this story had all the right ingredients for the kind of film it wanted to be, taking the familiar folk lore, and putting a creative, not necessarily new, spin on it. We see how the two kids get brought out to the woods, only this time there isn't a trail of crumbs to follow home. The iconic house of bread and sweets, and the wicked witch who wants to fatten Hansel as food later on are all included, as do their defeat of the witch by burning her alive in the stove. This forms the prologue, and the What If scenario that Hansel and Gretel were to build on their initial success, and form a career out of hunting, and destroying witches anywhere, bounty hunter style.As you would already have seen in the trailer, this is but one of their adventures shown in helping a village deal with the menace of the witch Muriel Famke Janssen , who together with her posse of like-minded witches have kidnapped children in preparation of a ritual to be performed under the blood moon. And there's no other better for the job than for Hansel Jeremy Renner and Gretel Gemma Arterton , engaged by the mayor thanks to the widespread news of their successful witch hunting exploits played over the opening credits. The rest of the story is nothing but set action piece after set action piece, paced frantically without any pause longer than necessary, with a story that ties it all in to their origins, and going full circle.clocking in at just under 90 minutes, the movie has two surprise acts and characters best kept under wraps, one to reverse the mantra that the witch hunters adopt to their methods, and the other a fine character introduced that shed clues to their origin story. Jeremy Renner continues in his sharing of the limelight in roles he had chosen of late, preferring to be the team player from the Impossible Mission Force to the Avengers, and continues as one half of the brother-sister team. Gemma Arterton is perhaps best known for her role as the Bond girl in Quantum of Solace, with her dramatic roles having never made it here. And having another Bond girl in Famke Janssen in yet another villainous role also helped, although every character in this film is pretty one dimensional.But this is an action-adventure taking a well known fairy tale and giving it a license to thrill with blood and gore. While most of the effects are CG laden, it doesn't flinch from wanting to showcase burning at the stakes and various forms of dismemberment and beheadings that increases its body count in very gory terms. It's a story about witch hunting in a fantasy setting, and it exploits this setting perfectly. A definite recommend for any action junkie.