Written May 24, 2015
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 December 25, 2014
Hansel and Gretel didn't try too hard to be something it wasn't. A lot of fighting, action and gore with a not-too-surprising plot. The anachronistic weapons bothered my husband (a knowledgeable gun guy) but to me, it just fit the feel of the movie. Not for younger kids who will be terrified by the amazing CGI and make-up effects. The witches are visually terrifying and stunning.
Written February 01, 2015
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 July 03, 2015
Visually, the movie was pretty entertaining. I wouldn't go out my way to see it again as there are other movies coming out in the approaching weeks. It reminded me of the movie "Van Helsing" from a few years back but not as cheesy. Two things the film makers could've worked on a little more to make the movie a little less lightweight: first, the fight scenes. The fight choreographers could've at least come up with a fighting style that although is based on martial arts, should make the fighters (especially the lead characters) look more like experienced brawlers than martial arts masters. Some fight scenes looked like something out of a chop-sockey, period kung-fu movie. Next, is dialog. The movie would've greatly benefited using dialog/speech appropriate to the time period and location, even if only sparsely used. As for the target audience, I say 17 yrs. and up. Gretel drops the "F" bomb in a early scene and there was one scene with some nudity. Oherwise a rocking good time!
Written October 29, 2014
The movie is good when it came to special effects. But as a story line it was like growing up in the fast lane. Not enough there to justify the story.