Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters is a high quality piece of campy action. The movie never tries to take itself too seriously and still manages to have quality action and some touching moments.
Jeromy Renner and Gemma Arterton play a grown up Hansel and Gretel who have developed a reputation as witch hunters. As children they were left in the woods to die by their parents, and almost eaten by a witch who imprisoned them in her gingerbread house. After being force fed candy for a while, the children got fed up and killed the witch in the very oven in which she planned to cook them. Hansel has since then developed what is ostensibly diabetes from the candy he was made to eat and has to take injections from an oversized syringe. The siblings gain a penchant for slaying witches and have been on a (pun-intended) witch hunt ever since. The siblings are called to investigate the disappearances of eleven children in a village and are sucked into a large adventure.
One of my favorite things about this movie is the use of ridiculously out of place/advanced weapons and devices al la “Van Helsing”. I’m pretty sure at one point someone is using an oversized pirate cannon looking minigun. Another aspect I like is the character development. Both Hansel and Gretel are equally badass and have a great rapport with each other. The dialogue in this movie is at times over the top and funny, sometimes it’s short and amusingly to the point; a stand-out line is when Gretel says, “The Curse of Hunger for Crawling Things. I fucking hate that one.” Trolls, good witches, bad witches, and evil townsfolk round this movie out and make it one of my ridiculous top all-time 50 movies.
I heartily recommend this movie- what could go wrong with lots of attractive people, witty dialogue, and completely over the top action? Be warned: it's silly, but it's not kid-appropriate silly!
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