HANSEL & GRETEL: WITCH HUNTERS could have been more.
The trailers show the good parts and it still leaves you underwhelmed. The movie ends up being a bland disappointment
with not enough character development and an underwritten script. The dark witches just have their faces turn evil and
decayed while shooting energy and flying on brooms while waiting to do a blood sacrifice under the blood moon which will make
them invincible to fire.
HANSEL & GRETEL: WITCH HUNTERS follows the adventures
of Hansel and Gretel who have been together hunting witches since their encounter with a witch in the gingerbread house out
in the woods. They come to the town of Augsburg to find children who have been kidnapped by witches. They find
something bigger is brewing as they face off against Muriel (Famke Janssen) and other witches. Hansel and Gretel rescue
Mina, a good witch, from being burned by the town sheriff (it isn't too big a surprise when it is revealed she is
a light witch).
HANSEL & GRETEL: WITCH HUNTERS is a generic horror action
clunker. The action scenes are the scenes that work the best while the rest of the movie just stumbles along on a poor
script that miserably tries to be a smart and campy adventure. Jeremy Renner can't seem to catch a break as a action
star where other overshadow him or the material isn't up to snuff. His best action turns are in THE BOURNE LEGACY and
the last MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE film while Hawkeye is way underdeveloped in THE AVENGERS. His best turn as an actor remains
to be THE HURT LOCKER. Famke Janssen enjoys playing Muriel the dark witch despite how underwritten the character is along
with the other characters. The 3D was unneeded as all it amounts to is blood and body parts flying at the screen.
If you want to see HANSEL & GRETEL: WITCH HUNTERS, wait for rental on DVD or Blu-ray. You have better movies
to spend cash on if you are going to the theaters to catch a flick.
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