When it comes to a darker retelling of classic fairy tales, there has been no shortage in recent years, including Tim Burton’s “Alice in Wonderland” in 2010, Catherine Hardwicke’s “Red Riding Hood” in 2011 and this year’s “Snow White and the Huntsman” directed by Rupert Sanders. Now, relative newcomer Tommy Wirkola is pulling double duty as writer and director for 2013’s “Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters,” which takes the classic fairy tale and shows what happens to the brother and sister after they defeat the witch.
The movie stars Jeremy Renner (“The Avengers,” “The Town), Gemma Arterton (“Clash of the Titans”), Famke Janssen (“X-Men”) Zoe Bell (“Grindhouse: Death Proof”), Thomas Mann (“Project X”) and Peter Stormare (“Armageddon”).
Fifteen years after the traumatic incident at the gingerbread house, the siblings have trained themselves to become bounty hunters, trained in the art of killing witches. With a vengeful attitude, they seem to effortlessly dispatch any witch that crosses their path. The mayor of a small town hires them to track down and kill a local sorceress that enchants and haunts the town and surrounding forest. With children’s lives on the line and only two days until the “Blood Moon” sacrifices will begin, the duo must battle the evil forces in a way they have never known before.
While the actors do play their parts pretty straight faced, this movie looks like cheesy fun and by the tone it doesn’t seem to be taking itself too seriously. Let’s hope that “Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters” can succeed where “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter” failed, to made the self-aware and sadistic humor clear to the audience that the cast is in on the joke and this movie is just here for a fun night at the movies and hopefully some cool action sequences.
“Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters” hits theaters Jan. 25, 2013, and has already garnered a guaranteed R rating.
There is also a red-band trailer that showcases the blood and gore that will be a major part of this film. You can see it HERE.
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