ApunKaChoice.com
site  movies  celebs  music  news  showtimes  user  
Hello, Stranger Login | Sign up
ApunKaChoice » Article » Movie Review: 'Hansel And Gretel: Witch Hunters' lacks magic
 

Movie Review: 'Hansel And Gretel: Witch Hunters' lacks magic

'Hansel And Gretel: Witch Hunters' - twisted, wasted
By Troy Ribeiro (IANS)
Sat, Feb 02, 2013 07:39:22 GMT
 

Movie Review: 'Hansel And Gretel: Witch Hunters' lacks magic
Hansel And Gretel: Witch Hunters movie review; Actors: Jeremy Renner, Gemma Arterton, Famke Janssen, Peter Stormare, Thomas Mann, Derek Mears; Director-Screenwriter: Tommy Wirkola; Rating: *1/2

The posters of Norwegian writer-director Tommy Wirkola's Hansel And Gretel: Witch Hunters state - "Classic Tale - New Twist". The film is actually a mishmash of genres, period, with a unique plot executed in 3D.

True, the characters and the basic story line have been taken from the old Grimm's Fairy Tales. The film starts with young Hansel and Gretel abandoned in the woods. They stumble across a house made of candy, and encounter a nasty witch who they escape by throwing in a fire - only to return home and find their parents missing. They grow up to be bloodthirsty and trigger happy witch hunters who save towns from anything that flies on a broom.

As the brother sister duo stalk their prey, they find allies - Meera, a 'white witch' for Hansel, and Edward, a troll who takes a fancy to Gretel. But basically, they have to rely on their own steam to triumph over their enemies. Their main opponent is the cunning vixen Muriel who morphs from glamorous to hideous when the mood strikes.

In general, the witches are a crude, skin-cracked lot, in various shapes and sizes and their assembly on the Blood Moon night seems like a Halloween party.

The plot, such as it is, unfolds with a few surprises like the mystery of the disappearance of the sibling's parents and the ghastly outcome of the combat. But those just get in the way of the action and the inventive methods the pair employ as assassins.

The story itself is really simple, but it is Tommy's take on it to make it a gory affair. Jeremy Renner, unlike his strong performance in the "Hurt Locker", exhibits a little above average performance as Hansel here. Similarly, the performance from Bond girl, Gemma Arterton as Gretel is nothing, but a sugar coat for the movie. Famke Janssen as the powerful witch, Muriel, flying across the moon on primitive pitchforks, searching for the heart of a good witch, is entertaining. And yes, the comedy is forced and corny.

The cinematography by Michael Bonvillain and production design by Stephen Scott is worth a mention. For there is a little fun to be had in the climactic battle and its use of anachronisms, but the film is mostly a drab affair. Nothing about the film really works. It is strange, because the film's central idea of taking an old fable and giving it a cool twist is a unique idea, but nothing about the film feels fresh or new. The movie feels like the recycled parts of other unsuccessful action fantasy blended with gore films.

On the whole, "Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters" is just an average film with nothing special in it.
Pics: Bengali beauty Koel Mullick weds producer Neshpal Singh
 
Video: Salman Khan watches Kamal Haasan’s 'Vishwaroop'
YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE
Watch: Iron Man tries to lift Thor’s hammer in ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’
Watch: Iron Man tries to lift Thor’s hammer in ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’
Movie Review: '22 Jump Street' a raucous, raunchy comedy
Movie Review: '22 Jump Street' a raucous, raunchy comedy
Video: ‘The Immigrant’ trailer starring Marion Cotillard, Joaquin Phoenix, Jeremy Renner
Video: ‘The Immigrant’ trailer starring Marion Cotillard, Joaquin Phoenix, Jeremy Renner
Movie Review: 'American Hustle' is thoroughly enjoyable
Movie Review: 'American Hustle' is thoroughly enjoyable
Tags :
,
,
,
,
,
comments powered by Disqus


 
Now Trending : Salman Khan | Shahrukh Khan | Ranbir Kapoor | Aishwarya Rai | Katrina Kaif | Kareena Kapoor | Priyanka Chopra | Poonam Pandey | Sherlyn Chopra | Alia Bhatt | New Hindi Movies

Photo Galleries 

Style check: Sonam Kapoor’s 10 best fashion statements of 2014

Inside photos: Salman Khan birthday bash

Clicked: Ranbir Kapoor leaves for NY to celebrate New Year with Katrina Kaif

Sophie Choudry at Country Club presser

Happy Birthday, Salman Khan: Check out Bhai’s 10 awesome moments from 2014

Don’t miss: Salman Khan’s candid moments with Priyanka Chopra at award show

Year-end special: Top animation films of 2014

Bipasha Basu, Karan Singh Grover on ‘Comedy Nights With Kapil’
Wallpapers 

Sapna Pabbi Wallpapers

Alone Wallpapers

Aditi Rao Hydari Wallpapers

Varun Dhawan Wallpapers

Sulemani Keeda Wallpapers

Zed Plus Wallpapers
Hot Celebrities 

Hrithik Roshan

Jacqueline Fernandez

Kamal Haasan
New Movies 

Ugly

P.k.

Lingaa
Videos 

Hrithik Roshan, Katrina Kaif sizzle together in song 'Meherbaan'

'Finding Fanny' song 'Shake Your Bootiya'

Sonam Kapoor grooving to the party anthem ‘Abhi Toh Party Shuru Hui Hai’

Hrithik Roshan and Katrina Kaif wow in ‘Bang Bang’ song video 'Tu Meri'

Shahid Kapoor in the 'Haider' song ‘Bismil’

‘Raja Natwarlal’ song ‘Namak Paare’ featuring Emraan Hashmi, Humaima Malick


Copyright © ApunKaChoice.com
ApunKaChoice.com : Latest Bollywood News, Bollywood Movies Reviews, Bollywood Wallpapers
privacy policy
Partner Sites : Sports - CricketZone - IndiaExpress.com [ Mobiles Festivals Bikes Cars ] - CardWeaver

photo gallery - new movies - celebs - wallpapers - the celeb A-Z - News & Gossip - Music - Video - Hot Topics
Anushka Sharma - Katrina Kaif - Kareena Kapoor - Priyanka Chopra - Deepika Padukone - Sonakshi Sinha - Aishwarya Rai - Poonam Pandey - Sherlyn Chopra
Salman Khan ( Bigg Boss 6 ) - Shahrukh Khan - Shahid Kapoor - Hrithik Roshan - Aamir Khan - Ranbir Kapoor