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Director: Tommy Wirkola
Writers: Tommy Wirkola
Genre: Action Fantasy/ Horror
Release Date: January 25, 2013 (US)
Hansel & Gretel are bounty hunters who track and kill witches all over the world. As the fabled Blood Moon approaches, the siblings encounter a new form of evil that might hold a secret to their past.
We all know the story of Hansel and Gretel– how their wicked father lost them in the forest, how they found a cottage made of candies and sweets, how they were abducted by a witch. We know how they defeated the witch, escaped and lived happily ever after. But is it really a happy ending for them? What became of the two orphans after they escaped from the witch? They became witch hunters.
Whatever you do, don’t eat the fuckin’ candy.
The movie adaptation of Hansel and Gretel picks up a few years after the siblings escaped the witch. In this movie we see a different Hansel and Gretel, the once innocent, fearful children are now a shotgun-wielding, witch-slaying duo. They are mercenaries hired to hunt down and kill witches who wreak havoc to the villagers and kidnap children.
We learned a couple of things while we were trapped in that house. One, never walk in to a house made of candy. And two, if you’re gonna kill a witch, set her ass on fire.
While the fairy tale is for young kids, this movie isn’t. The witches’ faces are too scary for it to be a children’s movie, I imagine little children would have nightmares seeing those odd and terrifying faces. There is also graphic violence throughout the movie which isn’t present in the fairy tale version. Not that I mind. Honestly, their weaponry and fighting skills are very fun to watch. Every scene is action packed and the pacing of the story is just the way I like it.
There is also a great twist to the story which is quite surprising but equally good. There’s only one glitch I find in the movie though, the setting of the story is during the ancient times, possibly Middle Ages, but the weaponry present in the movie is way ahead of its time. I find this unusual for a movie set in the past.
The movie adaptation captured the essence of the fairy tale and was able to add its own twists. All in all I think Hansel and Gretel is a great movie that is worth the watch.
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