The brothers Grimm fairy tale of a brother and sister who are captured by a wicked witch in a house made of candy gets a new look and a new twist. Whereas the original tale finished once the witch was ding dong dead, Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters continues to follow the siblings once they are grown up and known across the land as witch killers.
Starring Jeremy Renner and Gemma Arterton as the titular siblings with Famke Janssen as the main protagonist, H&G:WH is a movie that has one foot in the horror genre, one foot in the action genre, and two hands in comedy, dripping in blood. H&G:WH is a new twist on the much told story, something similar to the recent(ish) movie starring Hugh Jackman, Van Helsing, but appears to blend the genres of fairy tale and horror/comedy/action more successful. Both Renner and Arterton are fun to watch and most would agree that they are easy on the eyes. Janssen as the witch, Murial, suggests that she is perhaps a real life witch as she doesn’t appear to have aged in the last ten years.
While every actor is playing their role with a straight face, the humour is throughout the movie, from the obvious to the subtle. The sheer amount of blood, much like Peter Jackson’s early classic Bad Taste, used in the movie keeps it gross without being shocking. While people die in various ways, there seems to be a lot of heads with exploding, being removed from their body, or squashed like an over ripe tomato.
While unfortunately in 3D, H&G:WH is a fun movie that gives the viewer exactly what they expect. It won’t win any awards, won’t be looked back upon as a classic in future years, but if you enjoy movies that take a genre and put some fun into it, you will enjoy H&G:WH.