Woo-hoo! We went to the theater to see “Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters,” and it was good! It was also nice to go to a theater and get nice buttery salty popcorn while watching an exciting movie on the big screen. Plus, it was in 3-D, and, the 3-D looked good! At first, I wasn’t sure I wanted to go out to a movie. I complained that admission is too high, the popcorn’s too expensive, and the theaters are too cold. But, my guy wanted to go, so I let him talk me into it. I’m glad I did. It was fun.
“Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters” is a retelling of the classic fairy tale, but instead of ending with the kids killing the witch, that’s just the beginning. Most of the story takes place with Hansel and Gretel all grown up and working together as a brother and sister witch hunting team. And these aren’t some wishy-washy witches! They are scary, ugly, mean, dangerous creatures! Neither they, nor Hansel and Gretel, hold back when they fight. There’s plenty of punches, blood, guts and flying objects to keep you interested. They didn’t over do the fight scenes though…I never had a chance to get board with them like I do in some movies. Also, I liked it that while Hansel and Gretel aren’t subject to witch’s magic, they’re definitely not super human. When witches punch them it makes a painful thud, and they do feel pain and bleed. They are pretty smart though, and they have some neat weapons and team work.
Hansel and Gretel’s most recent witch hunting job takes them to a village where children keep getting kidnapped by witches. Without wanting to spoil anything, I’ll just say that they have a good adventure with plenty of fun, scary, and exciting events…some of which make them question Hansel’s early proclamation that “The only good witch is a dead witch,” and shed new light on the events of their childhoods. Along the way they meet some interesting characters: a bad sheriff, a big, mean, ugly troll (sort of), a love interest for Hansel, and a whole passel of witch baddies. I enjoyed the fun story, the humor, the special effects (the troll looked neat, the candy house was well-done, and that passel of witches had a great variety of bad apples), and the actor’s performances. Famke Janssen (Jean Grey in the X-Men movies) does a good job as the scary witch Muriel, Gemma Arterton is perky, cute and likeable as Gretel, and Jeremy Renner (Hawkeye in “The Avengers”) is heroic and handsome as Hansel. I think I might be developing a little crush on him.
So, “Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters” is a fun movie, and seeing it in 3-D in the theater is probably even worth the price. And, it’ll be a good “make some popcorn and watch it again on DVD” movie later. 🙂
Links: Fandango (for movie and theater info, showtimes and ticket purchases), IMDB for all things movie related, and IMDB pages for: “Hansel and Gretel”, “X-Men,” and “The Avengers” (each X-Men movie has a page, this just links to the first one to get you started). Also, here’s the Official Hansel & Gretel Movie Page.