By Steven Cayer, Contributor
The story of Hansel and Gretel has been told many times over the years, but the overall idea is that they found a house that was made of candy, a witch tried to eat them, and then they killed her. Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters (released January 25) takes the twisted tale and twists it until you start feeling sore.
Hansel (Jeremy Renner) and Gretel’s (Gemma Arterton) lives start out with the traditional story. The movie, however, takes a turn and ages them into adulthood, when they now spend their days hunting and gruesomely killing some nasty witches.
If you’re in the mood for a something ridiculous and don’t care about good acting, story, or projected blood flying at your face, you’ll have a good time. If you’re looking for something of a higher quality though, pick a different movie.
Much of this movie reminded me of 2005’s The Brothers Grimm. The big difference is that director Tommy Wirkola doesn’t play Hansel and Gretel’s seriousness for laughs—although that might not stop you from laughing anyway.