I’ve been waiting to see Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters since I found out about it months ago. It seemed to be just my kind of movie: a classic story with that extra twist. Was it everything I built it up to be? I think so.
To be honest, the movie and I got off on the wrong foot. I settled into my seat with my popcorn and jumbo Pepsi ready for some lower-budget b-movie goodness and was promptly greeted by the “MTV Productions” logo. I contemplated walking out or maybe even chucking my soda at the screen in a fit of nerd rage but I’m glad I didn’t.
From the opening scenes, Hansel and Gretel was chalk full of hokey humor and deliciously gory witch-death. It was as blunt as an action film with its bloody fights and as whimsical as a fantasy movie with its fun plot. It was simple and entertaining the way a fairy tale should be.
I was able to see this film in 3D and on a basic level it is on my list of good ones. There is nothing else I hate more than shelling out those extra bucks just to see a layered background (*cough* Immortals *cough*). The techier crowd out there might want to rip this apart for not having more effects or perhaps smoother ones but, for me, as long as flying spears and bullets pop off the screen at me I have justified paying two dollars more. And, well, they did.
There were a few low points in the film. While the dialogue was good it wasn’t brilliant. Some of the acting was a little forced. Both Hansel and Gretel drop an f-bomb or two at some point and it sounded like they were afraid they would have to put a dollar in the swear jar. I also expected Gretel to be more of a bad-ass. The story line tried to put the focus on her but I found myself drawn more to Hansel’s character as he performed the majority of the grunt work. This made the film a little unbalanced and seem indecisive in its direction.
Over all I enjoyed watching this movie. It was able maintain the b-movie feel I was hoping for without sacrificing the quality of higher-budget movies. Sit back, turn off your brain and let it take you into its world. This folks, is what happens when you traumatize Grimm children!