Hansel & Gretel is an action/fantasy film that stars Jeremy Renner, Gemma Arterton and Famke Janssen. The prologue of this story is the familiar fairy tale; Hansel and Gretel are abandoned by their parents and come upon a witch’s house made of candy. They are captured by the witch but manage to escape and burn her alive thus starting their career of becoming famous witch hunters. The film centers on a big mission to find a bunch of missing children where, while on this mission, they find the truth about their parents disappearance.
One of the first aspects of the film that I enjoyed was the opening credits. They included some animation which looked like archaic drawings and newspaper clippings and articles of the lost children.
I also liked the casting choices that were selected for the film. Famke Janssen gave a great performance and was a very believable witch. Jeremy Renner blended strength and a little bit of comedy well. Gemma Arterton was tough as nails in her portrayal of Gretel. All of the other actors were essential to the story as well and did amazing performances.
This film was never lacking in action. The fight scenes were well choreographed and the special effects were amazing. The film can be summed up in three words:
‘Guns And Witchcraft’. The guns brought the action and added to the excitement of film both visually and acoustically. The music of the film also helped with the action and excitement. I especially liked the song during the end credits, “Bundy” by Animal Alpha.
The make-up for the witches and creatures were very detailed and visually interesting. The make-up helped further the story of all of the characters. However, there was one main issue with the wardrobe; it was difficult to discern what era the story takes place in based on wardrobe vs. setting and dialogue.
Overall, I really liked and enjoyed the film. It had a great ending where Hansel and Gretel added two more to their witch hunting team. The last line of the film summarized the humor and the strength behind the characters. Gretel is making the last shot on a witch before the end credits and says “I hate to break it to you but it’s not going to be an open casket”. I am on the fence about if I need to add it to my own personal collection but the bonus features could only add to the appeal of the film.