Movie Review: Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters Is Obsessed With How Awesome It Thinks It Is

You know, Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters didn’t have to be terrible. True, it’s the kind of concept that presages yet another po-mo, slo-mo, wink-wink action variation on something supposedly classical. But much like its title, the movie overstates its case. Fairy tales and myths have always worked more as armatures for our own imaginary wanderings rather than fully fleshed-out stories. So the film starts out at least half a step behind its own audience — it’s too in love with the idea of Grimm standbys Hansel and Gretel growing up to be heavily armed, badass witch slayers, as if this is the first time anyone has thought of it. As a result, the film fails to actually do anything with the idea, except to keep highlighting how awesome it thinks it is. Read More...


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