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Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters

By AP KRYZA
Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters is a totally different monkey from the rest of the neo-fairy-tale crop. This isn't some serious epic or vanity project for an aging Hollywood queen. This is a big, dumb action flick, and frankly, I'd take that over Julia Roberts in Mirror Mirror any day. The film finds that Hansel (Jeremy Renner…he's so hot right now) and Gretel (Gemma Arterton) have grown up and developed, and now they’ve got a thing for tight leather and a knack for hunting, torturing and killing witches. Naturally, that brings them to a village terrorized by Famke Janssen. They fight. Like, a lot. The stars look great, but it's obvious none of them gives a shit. The person who does care is Norwegian director Tommy Wirkola, making his American debut following the zombie Nazi cult hit Dead Snow. Wirkola's main concern is action, and the flick crackles with sadistic breathlessness—nary a head is left on its neck, and everything burns. There are a lot of glossed-over and highly disturbing subtexts one could bring up in tearing apart this film (which most critics certainly will)—among them its rampant violence toward women. But that's reading too deeply into this tale. This is a gory confection that's deeply flawed, horrifically acted and utterly ridiculous, but that nonetheless manages to be fun, which is something none of the other fairy-tale reimaginings of this new studio cash grab has managed. And disturbing content aside, there's nothing in this film more troubling than watching Roberts' self-love in Mirror Mirror.
 
  • Genres: Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Horror
  • Release Date: Friday, February 22, 2013
  • Country: United States
  • Language: English
  • MPAA Rating: R
  • Critic's Score: B-
  • Starring: Jeremy Renner [Hansel], Gemma Arterton [Gretel], Famke Janssen [Muriel], Peter Stormare [Berringer], Thomas Mann [Ben]
  • Directed by: Tommy Wirkola [Director], Tommy Wirkola [Screenwriter], Will Ferrell [Producer], Adam McKay [Producer], Kevin Messick [Producer], Beau Flynn [Producer], Denis Stewart [Executive Producer], Chris Henchy [Executive Producer], Tripp Vinson [Executive Producer], Michael Bonvillain [Cinematographer], Stephen Scott [Production Design], Jim Page [Film Editor], Marlene Stewart [Costume Designer], Atli Örvarsson [Original Music]
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