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

Action fantasy starring Jeremy Renner and Gemma Arterton. Years after escaping the clutches of a witch, brother and sister Hansel and Gretel work as soldiers of fortune dedicated to eliminating these forces of evil. But they come up against their most powerful adversary yet when eleven children are abducted from a small village.

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 (2)
Edward
Derek Mears
Jackson
Bjorn Sundquist

Crew

Director
Tommy Wirkola

Other Information

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