Going in I had no expectations for director Tommy Wirkola’s (‘Dead Snow’) update of a Grimm’s fairytale, well except for one: Jeremy Renner would look good in it.
When the released date kept being pushed back, hope faded this movie would be worth the price of admission. Renner looked good and even better, it turned out to be a great b-grade horror, action, dark comedy flick.
‘Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters’ follows the children of the classic tale into adulthood where they hunt down creatures like the one who held them captive in the candy covered house in the woods.
In this version, the orphans do not get a happy reunion with their father, instead they go from town to town hunting and killing child-eating witches.
As expected, there were great fight and action scenes from Hansel played by Jeremy Renner (‘The Avengers, Bourne Legacy). Unexpectedly, Gemma Arterton as Gretel matched if not exceed his fighting ability in many scenes. Hansel kills his fair amount of witches but it’s very clear that Gretel is the one in charge and dare say the stronger of the two. This may have something to do with the lingering effects Hansel suffers from their first witch encounter.