Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters Movie Reviews

Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters

Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters

Release Date: Jan 25, 2013

Genre: Action/AdventureComedy

Rating: (PG-13)

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  • 5
    Ok, call it what you will, but this movie is really entertaining. From the first sequence you see action, and more action, but, strangely enough, you actually do see a bit of human-type acting interspersed between the action throughout the movie - and fairly well done.

    The actors? Let's just say that it is always entertaining when Hollywood's bodies are put on display, but not the wiggle it in your face way. The athleticism displayed by the characters (and stunt doubles) is truly awesome but within bounds of human reality. Is there an ugly witch or two - of course, and they are, in their real persona as ugly as they get. Still, it is difficult to see the Gretel character (Gemma Arterton) and not enjoy every minute of it, either visually or her surprisingly good acting.

    If you haven't seen it on the big film, that's where it'll most be enjoyed, not the little, bitty screens in your house.
  • 3
    I was intrigued by the idea of this film so I went to see it on the big screen with my best friend. I thought the film was alright, but i was not impressed and I do not think it is worth seeing on the big screen. I liked the mix of the genres and I thought it was an interesting take on a classic kids tale, but I did not enjoy the gore and the blood, it was way too much for my taste. I also thought that the story unraveled in a very predictable and boring way, I was disappointed. I did think that the acting was very good and that Jeremy Renner and Gemma Arterton did a wonderful job with their roles, it was a pleasure to watch them do their thing. Overall, I do not think this film is worth the price of a movie ticket but you might enjoy watching it at the comfort of your home.
  • 2
    I did not like this film and I do not think it is worth seeing in the theaters. At first I was quite intrigued by this film because I thought it was an interesting take on the old fairy tale, however as the film progressed I became more and more disappointed. There were a lot of genres mixed in the film and I get what the director was going for but I was not impressed. The film was way too gory and bloody for my taste and the storyline was quite predictable. My favorite thing about this film was the acting and the leads definitely elevated this film from being complete failure in my book.
  • 4
    I went into this movie expecting to see something that was just awful, but to my surprise it was genuinely entertaining. Now, don't get me wrong, it's kitsch galore. It's a kitschy kitsch fest. It's the kitschiest movies I've seen since Twilight, so you if you didn't enjoy that series of teen vampire love then you might want to stay away from this one too. Except that this one is much, much better than any of the best Twilight movies. In fact, the worst sequence of Hansel & Gretel is far and away better than the very best moments in Twilight. I think the thing that ties it all together is that we all know the backstory of how Hansel and Gretel were lured into a witch's cabin and how they almost ended up as dessert. That is why we love to watch them destroy so many witches with their band of merry witch hunters. Jeremy Renner is awesome in his role, but Gemma Arterton steals the show in my opinion. Definitely for fans of sci-fi and action.
  • 3
    Okay, I get it, Hollywood: sleek and sexy wins the day...almost every day! But one thing I don't get is why Hollywood takes the most well known and beloved stories and then goes all c***amamie on them by trying to turn them into something they are genuinely not supposed to be. Hansel & Gretel is a kids story....so why not make this a story about two kids that escape an evil witch? Do we really have to watch their grown up versions in tight leather getting all slicey and dicey on everyone with their swords? That being said, if you buy into the premise, as I did about half way into the movie, you will be able to look past all of its shortcomings (or most of them) and then enjoy the movie for the silly popcorn event that it is. I think that the best thing about the story is the portrayal of Gretel - she is pretty awesome and fierce and she lands as many blows and kicks as the guy. I wish I was that awesome...
  • 5
    Caught the midnight showing last night and WOWEE this is one helluva ride! I love the whole concept of taking the classic tale of two siblings that almost ended up baked into a witch's pie and then turning them into bad arse witch hunters who don't take it lying down. It's the ultimate revenge fantasy, kind of like what happened to Batman after his parents were killed as children and he now decides to take on the crusade himself. I think that the best part of the movie is when the main characters are interacting with their comic sidekicks - they do a lot of hilarious things that you have probably done with your friends and you will all be able to relate. This is for the younger crowd, I would say - the people in our group that didn't grow up on Twilight and Harry Potter were not so impressed by the movie. But everyone else thought it was freakin awesome. I would say that this is also a great date flick because it has some hot scenes too!
  • 5
    This movie was freakin' awesome!!! So much action, so many hotties, it has it ALL. If you are a fan of movies like Snow White and the Huntsman, Harry Potter, and Twilight, you will love this one - correction, LOVE this one. It has all the things that these other popular flicks have: awesome fights, magic duels, super powerful villains, and heroes and heroines that fight against the grain. The best one of the whole lot was definitely Jeremy Renner, who really plays his part like he was born to. A lot of people think that he is only good at small budget dramas like The Hurt Locker, but he really excels in big budget action movies, like this one and The Avengers. As for the Gemma Arterton who plays Gretel, she totally knows how to rock the leather pants and she looks drop dead hawttie in a hawt bowl of hotness in this movie. I wish she was able to star in it alone...jk, Renner, jk. Sort of. Ha!
  • 3
    My sons told me that we had to see this (I mean HAD to) because this is Hollywood's first R-rated horror action comedy fairytale. I'm not sure what that meant, but since they did well on their midterms, I figured they deserved a treat. After watching the movie, I am beginning to question just how smart my kids really are. This movie is pretty weird in that it takes a much loved classic children's fairy tale - Hansel and Gretel - and sexes it all up to make the children at the center of the story these grown up hot bodies with oodles of oomph, attitude, and action weapon-slinging. To be honest, apart from the coincidence of names, this story has nothing to do with the original story. There are a few witches in the movie, but they don't really put kids in ovens. They are just pretty and sexy and look like Angelina Jolie wannabes. On the whole, I would say this is strictly dvd material.
  • 2
    Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters will be remembered for two things after it opens this Friday: one, its attempt to embellish and reinvent the (somewhat) beloved children’s fairy tale about siblings escaping an evil witch’s oven, and two, its bizarre predilection for showcasing every one of its female characters in ultra-tight leather ensembles that leave no doubt as to who was doing pilates in the Middle Ages. A Brothers Grimm fairy tale this most certainly is not.

    It’s a shame, because – unless you go to the movies strictly to watch characters (any characters) beat each other up – there’s almost nothing here to differentiate this from all the other childhood fairy tales reinvented as sexy tween revenge action stories like Red Riding Hood, Snow White and the Huntsman, and even Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Slayer. There are too many good looking young people on screen today slicing at each other’s physical beauty.

    We’re supposed to believe that because Hansel and Gretel were almost baked into a pie when they were wee kiddos that they grew up wanting to rid the world of evil witches who would do the same to other gluttonous tots. I guess we could believe it . . . if they actually bothered to show us some of the trauma the kids suffered. We’re not going to buy anything that doesn’t bother to even try to get us to invest in a backstory. Yeah, most witches are evil. But some are awesome: like, Hermione Granger!

    Mostly, we see Jeremy Renner and Gemma Arterton slinging arrows and swaying swords. Sometimes we’re not even sure why they’re doing this, other than that they seem to want to do little else. In the end, you’ll probably long for a movie like The Hobbit, which may have had gratuitous Hobbit-on-Goblin fighting, but at least gave us plenty of reasons to care.

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