Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters
2013, 88 mins., written and directed by Tommy Wirkola.
A fairy tale reimagined with Hansel and Gretel as renowned, adult witch hunters who dress in leather, starring Jeremy Renner (Hurt Locker) and Gemma Arterton (Quantum of Solace) in the lead roles. Filmed in Germany, the film follows the two siblings as they are hired by the mayor of a village to hunt down witches, and to locate missing children. They run afoul of the sheriff, played by Peter Stormare (Fargo) and his henchmen, who are on their own quest to destroy the witches’ coven, led by Famke Janssen (X-Men). The steampunk touches are somewhat amusing, along with the siblings’ repartee as they dispatch numerous witches, but the film is basically a gorefest with a high body count. Though loosely based on the Grimm fairy tale, this version is definitely not for younger children, and barely tolerable for everyone else! See the record for Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters.
Les Kong, Coordinator of the Library Multi Media Center (PL-5005), and longtime Alfred Hitchcock fan, reviews movies from the library’s collection. The opinions expressed are his alone.