Everyone knows the story of Hansel & Gretel who saved their own skins by tipping a witch into a fire after being lured to her gingerbread house. But what happened after? Well Hansel & Gretel Witch Hunters has it all in the title.
When the one witch in the Gingerbread house was only the start of a huge Witch Epidemic which broke out across the world, Hansel (Jeremy Renner) & Gretel (Gemma Arterton), after getting a taste for witch blood, take it upon themselves to rid the world of the warty-evils an banish witches to the netherworld for ever. The best way of doing so is the obligatory burning of said witch until she resembles a Well Done Steak!
But evil witch Muriel has other plans and aims to put an end to witch cruelty for good by finding a way to make themselves fireproof. Naturally this evil plan gets in the way of H&G’s plans to slaughter them all, so tensions rise faster than steam from a bubbling cauldron.
I was very impressed with the casting in this film. Gemma Arterton really nailed the tough, witch-ass-kicking side to her character whilst Renner does have a few good one-liners.
It’s all very cheesy but there’s a fair amount of blood and gore to contend with and surprisingly plenty of swearing, which kinda comes as a shock use to it being based on a kids’ fairy tale.
Thoroughly enjoyable though an Janssen’s evilness comes across well.