Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters

  • 15
  • Tommy Wirkola (2013)
  • Ger / US
  • 87 min
Film Review
Reviewed By
3 out of 5

Ever wonder what happened to Hansel and Gretel once they roasted that witch in the gingerbread house? According to this fast and furious all-action continuation of the classic fairy tale, the sibling slayers (played by a stern Jeremy Renner and a game Gemma Arterton) became bounty hunters. Their latest assignment is tracking a powerful witch bitch (Famke Janssen) who is kidnapping local children for sacrifice at an upcoming Blood Moon Sabbath. Dead Snow director Tommy Wirkola takes an irreverent approach with jokey anachronisms including steam-punk weaponry (like semi-automatic crossbows) and giving Hansel diabetes as a consequence of his sweet tooth. There's salty language, too, but you can't take anything too seriously in this very silly but amiable romp through Brothers Grimm land, peppered with trolls, demons, and witchfinder generals. However, because Wirkola accents the grislier dimensions of the quest - complete with crushed heads, chopped limbs and gushers of gore - this fanciful fable is strictly for grown-ups.

Plot Summary

The fairytale brother and sister grow up to be renowned witch hunters, using advanced weaponry to battle the supernatural. Their latest case leads to an encounter with a powerful sorceress stealing children for an arcane ritual and a discovery about their own past. Fantasy adventure, with Gemma Arterton, Jeremy Renner and Famke Janssen.

Cast and crew

Cast

Hansel
Jeremy Renner
Gretel
Gemma Arterton
Muriel
Famke Janssen
Mina
Pihla Viitala
Berringer
Peter Stormare
Tall witch
Zoë Bell
Ben
Thomas Mann
Edward
Derek Mears
Jackson
Bjorn Sundquist

Crew

Director
Tommy Wirkola

Other Information

Language: 
English
Colour
Theatrical distributor: 
Paramount
Available on DVD and BluRay
Released 22 Feb 2013
Certificate 15
Distributor:
Paramount Home Entertainment (UK)
Categories
Drama

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