Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters

New from The Movie Snob.

Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters  (D).  I deliberately waited until this one arrived in the dollar theaters, but I still got burned because it was showing in 3D, so it wound up setting me back $3.25.  Jeremy Renner (The Hurt Locker) and Gemma Arterton (Clash of the Titans) star as the sibling pair of fairy-tale fame.  Now they are all grown up and hire themselves out to kill pesky witches.  It’s a grim, muddy, super-gory movie with no panache or sense of humor.  Famke Janssen (X-Men: The Last Stand) plays the main evil witch, and IMDB.com reports that she has said she took the role only to pay off her mortgage.  An attractive Finnish actress named Pihla Viitala somewhat relieves the drabness of the production in her couple of scenes.  Rated R for “strong fantasy horror violence and gore, brief sexuality/nudity and language.”  That pretty well sums it up.

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3 comments on “Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters

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