Hansel and Gretel. The popular German fairy tale becomes bloody and gruesome and is… full of witches. There really is a lot to say about this film. Hansel and Gretel are left in the forest when they are young, and grow up to become witch hunters, due to an experience in a gingerbread house in the middle of the woods, and they are left to fend for themselves. Somehow, the two kids manage to take down a witch so easily, at their age. The film really has several scenes where they could have created more suspense. The film makes Hansel and Gretel look invincible, without bringing out any tensions. The show was also too bloody and gruesome throughout. The introduction was okay, and showed Hansel and Gretel making the headlines regularly. However, only when the show really starts is the time the movie starts becoming stupid- firstly, the action scenes between Hansel and Gretel and witches really is unrealistic. It just seems like they can fall off trees, get hit by things, or even attacked by witches, but they don’t seem to feel a thing. The film was humourless throughout, and even the climax does not help but bring down the suspense. The film also fails to bring out its story- as mentioned earlier, it’s all about violent battle between them and the witches. Somehow, anything that happens in the film is just so coincidental. The make-up really wasn’t that bad, and the music really is adequate enough for the tone of the film. Jeremy Renner is okay in this film, but Gemma Arterton really does better, with more scenes to express her emotions. The character development is bad, and throughout the film, one would wonder exactly how they became what they are in the show. An incident transforms them into monsters? There is not even a little noticeable effort to develop the characters and letting us know about them, instead deciding to dedicate most of its time to its boring bloody fights. However, there was a fair amount of twists in the film (anyone noticed Hollywood really is putting in more twists in their films nowadays?). Overall, this film would really have a better impression if it was a PG-13 film, compared to a bloody, gruesome and disgusting R rated film. A really bad take on the fairy tale.
This is the breakdown of marks which I have given the film:
– INTRO- 5/10
– BUILD-UP- 2/10
– CLIMAX/ENDING- 3/10
Story Development: 4/20
Costume Design/ Background/ Production Design/ Makeup/ VFX: 5/10
Character Development: 1/20
VERDICT: At times, the film looks more like a horror movie, and suddenly becomes an action movie, and then drama, this film really should be a PG-13 kid’s friendly film, compared to a bloody and gruesome R rated film.
This film was distributed by Paramount Pictures, and was officially released in theatres January 25 2013. For more information about the movie, feel free to visit its Wikipedia page here.