This seriously had the makings of the worst, dumbest movie ever made. Hansel & Gretel, the famed gingerbread-house eaters, survive their ordeal to become world-class witch hunters. The result is bad, but it’s one of those so-bad-it’s-almost-good endeavors. Jeremy Renner somehow got talked into this thing, and he gives it his best shot, as does Gemma Arterton as his sister, Gretel. Famke Janssen is on hand as a mean witch who plans to take the blood of a bunch of children and do something or other with it. I wasn’t really following, or caring. The 3-D is bad, so go ahead and opt for 2-D. It’s got Peter “Where is Pancakes House?” Stormare in it too, which is usually the mark of a bad film unless its Fargo. Lots of blood and curse words get this one an R rating. Director Tommy Wirkola seems as if he’s playing it for camp at times, and that would’ve been the better move for the whole film. It really slows down when it takes itself too seriously.
Director: Tommy Wirkola
Producer: Will Ferrell, Adam McKay, Kevin Messick, Beau Flynn, Denis Stewart, Chris Henchy and Tripp Vinson
Cast: Jeremy Renner, Gemma Arterton, Famke Janssen, Peter Stormare, Thomas Mann, Derek Mears, Robin Atkin Downes, Pihla Viitala, Ingrid Berdal, Joanna Kulig, Bjørn Sundquist, Rainer Bock, Thomas Scharff, Kathrin Kühnel, Cedric Eich and Alea-Sophia Boudodimos
Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters