Written January 26, 2013
If you're seeing this movie purely for entertainment then you are already on the right track. Its definitely a different take on the Grimm's tale but its a good one. I love Jeremy Renner and he doesn't disappoint in this film. But I think Gemma's Gretal overshadows him. She was really good in this movie and fun to watch. One dim spot is that its predictable but you sort of forget that with all the action scenes. At least until you get to the end and then you're like, "Oh yeah....I knew that would happen". But, they leave it open for a sequel that I will definitely watch. I just might wait for it on DVD instead of the theater experience.
Written July 28, 2014
This movie is so fun!! Yes, the premiss is ridiculous, but it is well executed and doesn't take itself to seriously. Honestly, I don't understand why Jeremy Renner is being shoved down our throats in every other movie and role but he does all right in this one! And Gemma Arterton is great!!! And everything is better with Famke Janssen!!! Just wish she was in more of the movie! The story is interesting and fun and the cinematography is very well done!! Yes, the language is extreme for the time period and most of the weapons could not possibly have existed, but are you really looking at this movie as a true period piece?? Get over yourselves, and go see it!! You'll have a good time and we could all use a little more fun right now!!
Written August 01, 2014
I don't understand why some movies get such low ratings from critics. Its almost as if its not a "life-affirming" movie or if its not the new types of movies that make you wonder what the hell the movie was even about-the critics don't like it.
This movie isn't an award-winning movie by any means but that doesn't mean it isn't entertaining. Its a very neat twist on an old fairy tale. The cast is great & the story is fun. It's what its meant to be....just 90 minutes of entertainment. It has action, suspense, love, witchcraft & a** kicking. I enjoyed it. It isn't for little kids b/c of nudity but it is worth a watch if you like these types of movies! Enjoy!!
Written September 21, 2014
I have to say that I went to see this more out of wish fulfillment than anything. I mean, the fairy tale is one of my favorites and I really wanted to see Gretel as more of a strong female character. While we do see that she is take charge and independent, the story centers on her pining for meaning and loss of parents. Once you get past the fact that this strong woman runs to her brother to solve problems or needs to be saved no less than 3 times in this movie, you have a story of Gretel coming of age to understand what she is; apparently more powerful than she understands, but reluctant to use said power for unknown reasons.
Hansel has a love interest that is barely explored. A fanboy arises out of nowhere to join the band with no questions as to motive. Insulin shots for Hansel's diabetes as a plot device?
There is plenty wrong with the movie, however if you are looking to kill 90 minutes and want to see some wicked fights, go see it. Do not expect character development.
Written December 19, 2014
I went to this expecting little and I was surprised at how entertained I was. The time flew by and my girlfriend and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I loved that Gretel was such a strong female role and the two of them worked very well together.