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Saturday May 28th


Movie Review: Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters

It’s no fairy tale. “Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters” trades sugarplums and fairies for bloody limbs and severed heads. It is a movie of blood-filled chaos and gory action.

“Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters” is the story after — the tale following the tale. The film takes place after the classic children’s recounting of two young kids who are lured to a witch’s house made of candy.

The movie tracks the lives of Hansel and Gretel after they escape their incarceration in the candy home. The duo devotes their lives to hunting down witches, making sure that no kids have to suffer the same fate as them. With a blood moon coming and a town full of lost children, the siblings are hired to save the day.

“Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters” has an average plot filled in by well-developed action sequences. Though they may seem misplaced in time, the vast array of arms used in the film provide a needed aspect of thrills for the audience.

Jeremy Renner (Hansel) and Gemma Arterton (Gretel) make a good, cohesive pair of lead actors that take charge of a decent supporting cast. However, the film does not allow Renner to escape his stereotypical role as the buff, action-oriented character such as Hawkeye in “The Avengers.

“Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters” is no block buster, but it’s still worth watching. However, any sensible parent would not take their kid to see the movie. Its graphics are great, but will cause nightmares for the rest of their childhood.

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