The story begins with the titled young siblings being inexplicably abandoned by their father in the middle of a forest somewhere where they encounter a nasty witch yet manage to team up and defeat her despite being little wee ones.
Later on as adults, Hansel and Gretel, are witch hunters for hire. At this point the film shows some images of the siblings witch hunters as they grow up slaying different witches. It might have been more fun if they had actually filmed scenes showing them growing up and murdering witches.
I’m not gonna kid you here, there’s a lot of hoky-ness going on here with some of the dialogue, which I had a tough time believing for the period of time the story takes place — and also some of the weapons used seemed out of place. No, I’m not going to research how well the weaponry in the film matches the actual time period of this re imagined fairy tale; however, something about it just screamed of cheese to me.
There was plenty here to enjoy. The special effects and makeup were very well done, especially the main evil witch, Muriel, played by the superbly talented, Famke Janssen.
Also, I really liked the Troll creature in this named ‘Edward’. Not enough time was spent with this entertaining character, but man, does he ever kick some ass and flat out gore some people in this…which brings me to something else that was well done–the gore effects and violence. Much of it happens too fast but for those of us who appreciate this sort of thing on film, it wad surprising, yet enjoyable to watch.
I’m not sure if they plan on coming out with a sequel to this, but personally, I wouldn’t mind seeing where else they go with it. Maybe there will be some direct-to-video release to continue this story…probably not. I think hollywood is already getting tired of these sort of adaptations and re imagining.
Overall, I didn’t feel like it was a waste of time, and it kept me interested. If you’re looking for a thoughtless, popcorn movie with some action and surprising gore with great special effects, you could do worse.