We all know the story Hansel and Gretel, and the wicked witch in her house of candy. But what do you suppose happened to the children after they killed the witch and escaped? They turned into ass-kicking witch hunters, is what. Armed with an impressive arsenal, they make their living going town to town, taking out witchy scum. Jeremy Renner (Avenger's Assemble) and Gemma Arterton (Prince of Persia) play the fairy tale siblings all grown up, while X-Men's Famke Janssen plays a high witch hell-bent on enacting her cunning plan.
Sublimely ridiculous, Hansel and Gretel Witch Hunters 3D is one fun-filled, guilty pleasure. The great thing is it doesn’t take itself seriously. There is no desire for any historical correctness, or for conforming to any other preconceived notion of “authenticity”. The witches are grotesque, in a style reminiscent of the twisted souls in Sam Raimi’s Evil Dead series, and just as tongue-in-cheek. The leather-clad, wise-cracking siblings strut from scene to scene to scene with plenty of attitude and all-round sexiness. Jansen hams it up a little as the movie’s villain, but it works perfectly with the format. With huge explosions, and weaponry most unbelievable, there’s really not much about this movie to be considered realistic, save for the special effects. There were plenty of good 3D moments that had me jumping in my seat. Okay, so the story line is a bit thin, but what else would you expect from a fantastical combination such as this? It is sheer fun and silliness, which are two things I very much enjoy.
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