Movie Review | Hansel and Gretel : Witch Hunters (2013)

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.
Director: Tommy Wirkola
Writers: Tommy Wirkola, Dante Harper
Stars: Jeremy Renner, Gemma Arterton, Peter Stormare

Oh yeah! I watched this last Sunday, but I forgot to publish it here, LOL! Anyways, don’t get the misconception of saying this is a darker version of Hansel and Gretel (fairy tale) because for me, I think this is more like a sequel to the fairy tale~


5Visual/Special Effects: 

FINALLY! Something that I can rate with this score right off the bat! This is a fantasy movie so, yeah, you might as well say hello visual effects! And, yeah, it’s fantastic and realistic really! Like how that troll Edward looks really good and really real. Those changeable witches are kind of beautiful and frightening at the same time. Well, if you watch the movie, you’ll agree with my score in no time!


Still, action packed and fairy tale genre, so yes, no memorable music to go on and on in your head. But, the BGM they chose for the chase and other fast phased scenes are quite a match that makes me wanna run with the siblings while they are catching witches. Pretty good but not too satisfied.


I don’t remember any memorable quotes from this movie but I do remember memorable scenes. Like how Gretel (Gemma Arterton) head butted the Sheriff Berringer (Peter Stormare) because of something b*tchy he said. So funny as hell! Oh, and even the scene where Hansel (Jeremy Renner) was hanging upside down the tree, I almost laughed out loud inside the cinema. Anyways, the script is a really great piece considering it holds the spin off of a modern middle aged siblings from Grimm’s fairy tale.


The story is interesting enough and uniquely appreciated. Well, as far as I know, this is the first one I watched that is a total spin off of the fairy tale having the same title. I got Ciderella, Snow White, Rapunzel and Sleeping Beauty having the same plot over and over again though some timelines and characters are changed. This movie came out as a sequel after the “happily ever after” scene of the tale. It show how Hansel and Gretel tried to survive the harsh life by being a witch hunter and also it explained (well, of course for a fictional spin-off not for the original fairy tale) why their parents left them in the forest. It also justified how they killed the first witch of the “house made out of cand”. But, some of the items or equipment are not logically good for a medieval period of time (well, for a fantasy, it might be okay (@_@)) like the insulin injection, the automatic crossbow, the automatic shot guns, and bullets. But all in all, the whole plot is straight forward and easily understandable.


I suppose Hansel and Gretel are the only memorable characters because this is their story. I do love the different witches but they are too forgettable in the long run. The only witch I could remember was Muriel (Famke Jansenn) because she was the all Gran Black Witch which is gorgeous as an angel and evil as hell. Oh, and you know what I thought, “isn’t Hansel supposed to protect Gretel? So, why the hell Hansel is always falling into trap and is always being protected by the women around him?” (@_@)>So, yeah, that score says it all.


Almost an all star cast, but I supposed I’m not familiar with too much of  the other actors. And, sometimes, Gretel (Gemma Arterton) has a tendency to show no emotion at all during some scenes. But I suppose that’s because her character is a bit of serious because of all the things they went through but, maybe sometimes it’s good to show some fear or at the very least a certain kind of emotion during certain scenes.


Predictable but yes, it is good! I would’ve loved it if the White Witch Mina gets to live and be the wife of Hansel or something, but well, the story goes as the script is written, so, it’s okay. But, I do love how funny the ending ended.


For a spin-off fairy tale movie, this has a quite unique touch in it. It doesn’t tried to remake the fairy tale but instead it tries to justify what happened to the children and how their life goes on after escaping from the first witch. It’s quite a movie to watch especially if you like to see “what’s next with the happily ever after”. Though, you might also see some inconsistencies and illogical things in the movie because don’t get me wrong but it is in the MEDIEVAL time.

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