We went into this one knowing it was risky. And the risk didn’t pay off – what a howler this film is. The problem with Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters is it doesn’t know who its audience is; as a 15 cert it’s not gory or scary enough for adults, and doesn’t appeal to the YA audience either. It’s a mess.
It’s fun to funk up fairy tales – Angela Carter obviously did it so well with her short story anthology The Bloody Chamber – but Hansel & Gretel fails on so many levels. It’s glossy and has two star leads – Jeremy Renner (dead behind the eyes in this flick) as Hansel and Gemma Arterton (always shines some light and hope, whatever material she is given) as his sister Gretel – but the action is lacklustre and confusing, and we have no sense of where we are at any given moment.
It really is a very weird watch. Try some of Arterton’s other horror work which is miles ahead of this – we recommend The Girl with All the Gifts (2016) and Byzantium (2012).
GORE RATING: 2/5
Watch it for: Gemma Arterton is just about the saving grace
Watch out for: Another film
Next up…Carrie (2013)