Thursday, February 28, 2013

IT NEVER GETS OUT OF THE WOODS
Sometimes a film comes along that you wonder exactly what Hollywood was thinking. Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters with Jeremy Renner and Gemma Arterton is just such a movie. Its conceit is that the young children who were left in the woods grew up to hunt witches in Central Europe. The film's central nemesis is Famke Janssen who plays the queen of witches, Muriel, hell-bent on Hansel & Gretel's destruction. The makers obviously thought that because superhero genre films are such big business, channeling that into a much-loved family fairy tale would attract today's cinemagoers. But the problem is that this film is so badly made with some particularly awful dialogue and pisspoor performances particularly from the atrocious Arterton that it doesn't even provide an entertaining ninety minute spectacle. Renner isn't much cop here either: he doesn't have much screen presence and doesn't convince as any sort of action hero really. I do wonder whether he will be able to translate any of his earlier potential into anything longterm at all. He was decent in The Bourne Legacy and very good in The Town but nothing else he's been in has been particularly memorable. Janssen and the rest of the cast sleepwalk through the nominal script too. Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters may become one of those cult movies that enjoys a life on Blu-ray and DVD as the sort of Saturday night viewing, sitting at home watching it with a few beers but what is more likely is that it will just sink without trace. It is without question one of the worst films I've seen in quite some timeā€¦

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1 Comments:

Blogger Richmonde said...

A witch queen called Muriel? Terrible poster, too.

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