Good, Bad & Ugly Review: Hansel & Gretel – Witch Hunters

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 14% (Critics) / 61% (Audience)
Directed By: Tommy Wirkola
Written By: Tommy Wirkola
Starring: Jeremy Renner, Gemma Arterton, Famke Janssen and Peter Stormare
Studio: Paramount Pictures/MGM

Synopsis: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. (Source)

The Good:
Gemma Arterton was pretty spiffy in full-on action heroine mode, hopefully she gets another shot at flexing those muscles in a better movie in the future. And the make-up for the “witched out” witches is pretty good.

The Bad:
The witches are just ridiculous concoctions with really crappy backstories and for some goofy reason are presented as these savage, snarling feral she-beasts but that isn’t the biggest issue I had with them. My biggest gripe is that the director decided to make the witches in this story into a bunch of Wushu master martial artists from a Shaw Brothers movie. Just stupid beyond words.
And what is going on with Famke Jannsen and these bizarre accents she is using in all her roles lately? This one was only slightly less bizarre than the one she used in HEMLOCK GROVE.

The Ugly:
The practical effects used for the troll Edward were really lame. It’s like the film ran out of its CGI budget and had to go old school (and cheap) with effects work on that character which made for a stiff and lifeless character.

Final Verdict: Badly developed characters, mediocre acting, drab visual effects and a meandering story…all things that serve to make HANSEL & GRETEL: WITCH HUNTERS to be a very disappointing and wholly nonenjoyable waste of a decent idea.

Rating: D-

4 thoughts on “Good, Bad & Ugly Review: Hansel & Gretel – Witch Hunters

  1. I’m reluctant to see this one. I will admit that I am enjoying Hemlock Grove. I’m getting to watch episode 10 with my wife,


    1. I would suggest skipping it unless you were to stumble across it on cable one night while you were having trouble sleeping.
      And there was a lot right with Hemlock Grove but there were just some glaring problems I had with it. I do hope it gets a second season though mainly for Shelly.


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