Hansel and Gretel Witch Hunters is the latest twisted adptation of a classic tale or character, akin to tales Pride and Prejudice and Zombies or Abraham Lincolm Vampire Hunter. As might be expected from such a bizarre mashup of Grimm's fairy tale and modern culture, the movie seems to have split critics and viewers, according to early reactions. Here are excerpts some reviews:
-- Tribune: Writer-director Tommy Wirkola focuses on the fights, and flings all manner of viscera at the 3-D camera as limbs are whacked off and heads and torsos explode. Less attention was paid to the story, and the dialogue is a tad over-reliant on the random F-word to land a laugh.
-- Washington Post: Watching Grimm’s fairy tale siblings, who barely escaped a sugar-toting villain with a taste for child flesh, makes more sense than seeing the 16th president chase bloodsuckers with an ax. The pair’s vocation may be the only logical part of “Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters,” a rarely funny spoof that’s heavy on bone-crushing and blood-gushing.
-- Rolling Stone: This may be the longest 90 minutes you ever spend in a theater. You've been warned.
-- Entertainment Weekly: The latest refurbished bit of folklore is Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters, an intermittently fun, but overexcited and predictable mish-mash that posits the two Grimm children as having grown up into a pair of leather-clad, automatic crossbow-wielding, witch-slaying siblings. The movie has been sitting on the shelf for a while, and like, say, a house of candy you might find in the woods, it's gotten a bit stale.