Hansel and Gretel turned into epic modern-action adventure

A movie still of Gretel and Hansel from "Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters." Courtesy of Paramount Pictures.

A movie still of Gretel and Hansel from “Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters.” Courtesy of Paramount Pictures.

By Shannon Luster |Staff Writer|

“Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters,” the movie, takes the old-fashioned fairy tale Hansel and Gretel and gives it a modern twist.

This action/fantasy/horror movie written and directed by Tommy Wirkola, stars Jeremy Renner as Hansel and Gemma Arterton as Gretel, soared to number one in the box-office and raked in $19.7 million, according to the IMDb Charts.

Hansel, Gretel, and other characters use modern languages such as “yeah” and “gonna,” but is offset with a historically accurate set that looks like something straight out of the 17th century.

The cool costumes also reflect a modern twist, since Gretel often wears skintight, black pants with a matching shirt.

Hans Zimmer is the executive producer and also a famed music composer, emphasized the role that the music plays in the intensity of the fighting scenes.

The movie’s great music was similar to that of the action/adventure movie series, “Sherlock” and “Sherlock Holmes: a Game of Shadows.”

Zimmer, wrote the original music for both Sherlock movies, and any musical score that he touches proves to be gold.

Deliberate jump cuts, where the characters appear to move from one shot to another, often reflects unexpected surprises like dark secrets about to be revealed or witches preparing to attack.

The movie starts with young Hansel and Gretel who get dumped in the woods by their father, and then suddenly kidnapped by an evil witch who lives in a candy house.

Hansel is kept in a cage and the evil witch forces him to eat candy in an attempt to beef him up to eat him.

Gretel defends her brother and kills the witch.

The film flashes forward a few years when Hansel and Gretel are fully grown, work as bounty hunters, and pack machine guns.

They are hired to find missing children from a small town who they believe the witches have kidnapped. Hansel and Gretel are believable as brother/sister, especially when they joke around and hint at past problems.

Hansel also meets Mina (Pihla Viitala,) and their romance appears like something special.

There are several scenes devoted to establishing the relationship between Hansel and Mina from their awkward introduction to sharing and hinting about their pasts.

However, the audience are possibly in for a surprise, because Hansel and Mina’s relationship may not be as important as it appears, fizzling into more violence, which may surprise and even disappoint some viewers.

“Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters” is at its strongest when there are breath-taking, sitting-on-the-edge-of-your-seat-fighting sequences.

Dazzling special effects, especially during the action sequences, will leave the viewers in awe.

This movie is a thrill to watch in both 2D and 3D!

Any potential viewers should keep in mind that this movie uses a lot of cartoon-style violence, meaning that there is a lot of brightly-colored blood.

So the kids may want to sit this one out.

However, I would be game for a second round of Hansel and Gretel.

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