Release Date: January 25, 2013
Length: 88 Minutes
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. (IMDb)
I have been excited about seeing Hansel and Gretel since I saw the first trailer months ago. I love fairy tale remakes and this version of Hansel and Gretel looked like it was going to be action packed.
What I liked…
The movie starts out much like the original tale. Hansel and Gretel are taken into the woods and left to fend for themselves. When they came to the candy house I have to say I was impressed that it looked both whimsically sweet and incredibly creepy at the same time. In fact throughout the movie the scenes visually always seemed to keep up with the horror of the tale.
The action was awesome. Each sequence keeping me at the edge of my seat. Yes, the weapons that are used are way out there for the time they are in. Having said that all the guns and other weapons really added to the story and made it more fun.
I liked that Hansel and Gretel where a brother and sister who loved each other and would do anything to keep the other safe. It really came across that these two have only had the other to depend on for a long time.
What had scratching my head…
There where a few things I would have liked more info on. (Yeah, I know it’s a movie and it can only be so long) First, Hansel had some kind of condition that made him have to inject himself with some kind of medicine every hour. I just didn’t think this added to the story and there were times when Hansel was knocked out for a long periods of time and he didn’t die without the shot???
Second, I would have liked the witches to be more fleshed out. Don’t get me wrong, visually they where scary and I thought overall the main dark witch was a very good villain. At the same time I was left with a lot of questions: How does someone become an evil witch or are they born with no choice. I also have no idea why they always have to eat children, are children more nutritious than adults, or is it the whole innocent thing? If it is the later I am happy I never have to worry about any witches eating my children
Would you like it?
I think if you enjoy action movies mixed with paranormal elements you will enjoy this. Think Van Helsing! Also if you enjoy reading urban fantasy like me you will probably have fun with this one.
Older teen and up: For lots of language, nudity, violence, and gore.