Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters Review

 Director: Tommy Wirkola Written by: Tommy Wirkola & Dante Harper, run time: 88 mins.

Well, going into this movie, I kind of went against my usual plan and expected something. I don’t know why, but I did. As you can see in the trailer, it seems action packed, but sadly, it’s not. I expected to see Crank 3 (there’s already two crank movies) with quite a bit of gore. Not to say that there isn’t any gore, I just hoped for more.

The plot starts off with the well known story (I remember having a book as a child and the drawings scared the crap outta me…. I was like 3, let me be) of a boy and a girl being taken in by a witch, who wanted to fatten up the children on candy and then cook them and have them as a meal. I’m pretty sure they ended up being eaten, but for the sake of this movie, the little boy and girl OBVIOUSLY survive and then seem to seek revenge/retribution on all witches. To me, I’ve seen almost every twist, except for one, very early in the movie. There’s really only so much you can be surprised by, to be honest, with the expanding of a childhood (German) classic.

The movie’s biggest flaw, is (*SPOILER*), they introduced a likely ailment to Hanzel, but then totally abandon the idea in the 2nd act right up to the end fight. Which in doing so, loses all emotional tie to what they were trying to achieve.

What I did enjoy was the artistic look of Edward. I’ve recently seen this show called “Face Off” where they show how prosthetic costumes are made and what not. Cool show, if I must say. But anyway, the character could have been completely CGI, but for the most part, it was all suit and “robotics” and if it wasn’t, then that’s pretty damn good CGI (though it could be argued that it’s not). Making this character a prosthetic one, along with practically all of the witches, helped ground the movie and separate it from a lot of movies made now that heavily use CGI.



  • Overall rating of the movie: 2.5 out of 5,
  • Cinematography: 3 out of 5,
  • Editing: 3.5 out of 5,
  • Audio: 3 out of 5,
  • Acting: 2.5 out of 5,
  • Theatres or wait for the blu-ray?  Rental unless this becomes a franchise or you really love this thing.

THAT’S IT! Cheers: “To Peace” and May the Force be with you!

– Xavier – @CoolyoNgeLEW

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