Oh, God, it could have been great: Hansel and Gretel as witch hunters. Hansel with diabetes. Gretel as a white witch. Superstitious peasants. Fanboys. Witch covens. Instead: a basic premise, with a very doubtful supporting character and the biggest mistake of all: basic witches (ugly and steretypical) with no depth whatsoever. Not even Arterton and Renner can save this one. I mourn the movie that it could have been.
Reminded me a lot of "Van Helsing" and "Wolfman". Liked them both better, but "Hänsel & Gretel" could be the better film, because it didn't take itself seriously whatsoever and was therefor able to plunge into its story and style without thinking about things like plausibility etc. Nethertheless I think the best thing about about the film is the trailer, because it concentrated and condensed it in the extreme.
Jeremy Renner is so god damn bad in everything he does it's remarkable that he still gets work. That said, when viewing the film as a live action anime with white people in Europe speaking fluent english it's not atrocious. cult classic potential as well. also viewing it as some kind of trashy kitsch 80's film via Verhoeven helps too....and nobody took notice of the fact that Will Ferrel and Adam McKay produced this?
Classica favoletta rivisitata in stile "gothic", stranamente una CGI soddisfacente per quanto riguarda le streghe, inquietanti e aggressive, nota positiva anche per le scene gore e splatter che sono sempre apprezzate. Ovviamente toglie punti la pessima prestazione di Jeremy Renner. ** 1/2
This viewing was a hopeful situation where maybe the gorgeous Gemma Arterton, self-aware absurdity, and bloody action would maybe save an otherwise awful film. This was not the case - nothing could save it. There should have been an emphasis on practical effects and traditional horror elements rather than poor CGI in order to make this feel "old school" while also having that modern self-awareness.
one of the most interesting films I saw lately about the nowadays so trendy "expertise". very tight concept: great pacing, great humor, doesn't try to prove anything and almost never shows off with an often brilliant mise-en-scène. it ironically manages to impose fantasy in a setting which used to belong to the typical hard boiled action cinema.