Paramount’s latest 3 D offering is the sequel to the Brothers Grimm Fairy tale, Hansel and Gretel, which was first published in 1812. Although the action is set in the early 19th Century, it features modern day ideas and attitudes and this makes it pretty entertaining, if a bit silly.
Filmed in Germany, the film stars Jeremy Renner and Gemma Arterton as the adult bother and sister team.
The film briefly recaps Hansel and Gretel’s childhood ordeal, showing them being abandoned in the forest by their father, finding the gingerbread house, being captured by the witch and their escape and ultimate killing of the witch.
15 years later, Hansel and Gretel are grown up and have dedicated their lives to tracking down and eliminating witches. They are revered bounty hunters and their witch hunting success stories are known far and wide.
The town of Augsburg is being plagued by the mysterious disappearance of a number of children, and the Mayor suspects that they have been abducted by witches and secures the services of Hansel and Gretel to find out what’s going on, rescue the children and get rid of those responsible for the kidnappings. When they arrive in town, they intervene in the execution of a pretty young woman named Mina, who is about to be burned at the stake for suspected witch craft. Mina has a secret of her own, and soon becomes a powerful ally of the Duo.
The film features loads of action, fierce confrontations, lots of witches, a scary but kind-hearted Troll, an on-going theme of good verses evil, brilliant imagery, wonderful special effects and some startling revelations.
Whilst the movie is not for the little ones due to the use of bad language and some frightening witch transformation scenes, the 16+ teens will love it. I think if I were still a teenager, I would aspire to be Gretel, for sure! She’s beautiful, agile, bold and smart. And, of course, the boys will want to emulate the gorgeous Renner!
Framke Janssen makes a brilliant leader of the Deadly Coven of “bad witches” and her transformation from beautiful seductress to gnarly old witch is pretty spectacular.
The fact that the movie is in 3D makes it that much more fun.
There are a lot of comical moments, combined with a fantasy horror theme.
The film is classified 16 L D and was released at cinemas countrywide on 22 February.