Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters (Unrated Cut) (Blu-ray / DVD )
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After getting a taste for blood as children, Hansel (Jeremy Renner) and Gretel (Gemma Arterton) have become the ultimate vigilantes, hell-bent on retribution. Now, unbeknownst to them, Hansel and Gretel have become the hunted, and must face an evil far greater than witches...their past.
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The plot is paper thin but frankly if you watched this film expecting a compelling story you have no one to blame but yourself. This is a strictly turn off brain suspend belief sort of movie and as long as you approach it with the right spirit it's rip roaring fun.
This film presents a fun twist on a classic fairy tale. Gone are the boring child Hansel & Gretal (in my mind always dressed in Leiderhosen) and instead we have a kick ass Gemma Arterton and a grumpy yet loveable as always Jeremy Rennet hamming it up in some steam punk gear, merrily taking out witches with appropriately OTT levels of gore.
The action scenes are great fun and while you feel Jeremy Renner is there under duress he still throws himself into it, and has good chemistry with Gemma Arterton. Ms Arterton is as always wonderful and holds her own against the scenery chewing Famke Janssen, who to steal a quote from a newspaper film critic, didn't so much phone it in as send it in by carrier pigeon.
The story whizzes through the obligatory action scenes tied together with the finest strands of plot to a satisfyingly obvious climax. That's not to say serious issues aren't touched on: as in the classic tale during their initial capture by an evil witch Hansel is forced to eat copius levels of candy. The fairy tale version glosses over this but kudos to the writers here to showing the consequences. Poor adult Hansel had the 'sugar sickness' which rears its head during suitably dramatic moments. I say shame on the Brothers Grimm for not considering this issue.
All in all this movie was great fun and I genuinely recommend it. Just make sure you watch if with the right attitude!
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