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Our review of Hansel and Gretel:
KRISTIAN: The disappointment that is January continues with “Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters”, an update of the fable that finds Jeremy Renner and Jemma Arterton as adult versions of the witch-defeating children. Although it is theoretically a fun spin on the tale, and I was happy with the reliance on real effects/make-up instead of standard CGI overload, the story just doesn’t end up being that interesting. Renner and Arterton are fine and have believable chemistry, but the script forces them into awkward dialogue that doesn’t seem to fit the time period. Famke Jannsen makes a great witch, although it’s admittedly tough to see someone so beautiful hidden under a gross demonic layer for the bulk of the film. Some promise was there, but “Hansel and Gretel” is ultimately just another January bore that we’ll forget by March.
SCORE: 2/5 Schmoes
MARK: Everyone’s favorite candy-loving siblings grow up and become bad-asses in “Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters”…of course it sounds silly, but this premise could also deliver action, suspense and laughs in equal volume. However, it just can’t quite get there…it’s an enjoyable enough ride but too often the story gets bogged down with subplots that traded clever for convenience. Jeremy Renner and Jemma Arterton play the brother/sister pair, and their life’s work of smoking out broom riders gets the ultimate test against the evil witch played by Famke Jannsen. The effects and make-up stand out, and some of the action sequences packed a punch, but the film was just too dull and predictable to help it rise above the January heap.
SCORE: 2.5/5 SchmoesHansel and Gretel Review,