Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Review: Hansel & Gretel Witch Hunters

This weekend I went to see Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters. It was refreshing to see a new take on this classic fairy tale. I've known about this movie for some time, and I was really excited to see it, especially since one of my favorite actresses, Famke Janssen, is in it. She plays the lead witch in the movie. It is not the only Hansel & Gretel movie being released this year. The other one, starring Michael Welch of Twilight fame, (and Lara Flynn Boyle) is called Hansel & Gretel Get Baked and that movie is slated for release February 19th. Famke Janssen has been a favorite actress of mine because of her amazing work for the movie "The Faculty" which stars Elijah Wood, Josh Hartnett and Clea Duvall. Anyway, Hansel & Gretel Witch Hunters turned out to be an excellent movie. Jeremy Renner plays Hansel and Gemma Arterton plays Gretel. The plot goes as follows: After defeating the evil witch who kidnapped them as children and burning her to death, Hansel and Gretel decide to devote the rest of their lives to killing witches and saving children from otherwise certain death. They embark on their most difficult case when a village hires them to find the witches who are kidnapping large numbers of children, holding the children captive until a night that the witches find holy to kill them all. The witches have a plan to make themselves immortal. Hansel & Gretel figure out what the witches plans are, and set out to stop the witches from performing their evil ceremony. Famke Janssen does a fierce job playing the ferocious head witch who masterminds the evil plot. But there's a twist, it turns out that Hansel & Gretel's mother was a white witch (a good witch) and this turns out to be why their father abandoned them in the woods, he did it because their mom was going to be burned at the stake by the townspeople and she wanted to protect her children from being assassinated. In another twist, Famke's character wants to remove Gretel's heart and use it in her immortality ceremony. Obviously, Hansel & Gretel in the end defeat the witches and save all the children. So it was an entertaining movie, and it was really interesting seeing a version of the story where Hansel & Gretel's parents are portrayed in a positive light, rather than being as evil as the witch for abandoning their children. I also am interested in seeing Hansel & Gretel Get Baked. Michael Welch is a very talented actor and I've always loved Lara Flynn Boyle's work. Below are the trailers for both films.

Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters

Hansel & Gretel Get Baked