Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters

Revenge is sweeter than candy
Revenge is sweeter than candy
D: Tommy Wirkola
Paramount/MGM/MTV (Will Ferrell, Adam McKay, Kevin Messick & Beau Flynn)
US/Germany 2012
88 mins


W: Tommy Wirkola [based on the fairy tale by The Brothers Grimm]
DP: Michael Bonvillain
Ed: Jim Page
Mus: Atli Örvarsson

Jeremy Renner (Hansel), Gemma Arterton (Gretel), Famke Janssen (Muriel), Peter Stormare (Berringer), Thomas Mann (Ben)

Yet another re-imagination of a fairytale on the Hollywood production line following Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland, Red Riding Hood and two Snow White movies released in 2012.
Produced by MTV films, this movie is clearly aimed at the "young adult" demographic (Or Twilight fans), it's far too violent for young kids and too fairytale-lite for grown ups, making it fall into a very niche groove.
Personally, I thought this was better than Alice In Wonderland but not by much. Gemma Arterton is decent as Gretel, but Jeremy Renner is very much miscast as Hansel. I made an assumption that Orlando Bloom must have been busy down the jobcentre. The story isn't too bad in comparison to the original fairytale, with some well-paced action scenes in a build up to a very badly edited climax with some questionably CGI effects. The F-word is also used quite a few times, incredibly unnecessarily in a film which would've done better if aimed at a younger audience.                 

Gemma Arterton & Jeremy Renner in Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters
Gemma Arterton & Jeremy Renner in Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters