Review: Hansel & Gretel grow up with a grudge in 'Witch Hunters'

7:51 PM, Jan. 23, 2013
Gemma Arterton and Jeremy Renner turn the familiar fairy tale on its head and bust a few heads of their own in 'Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters.'
Gemma Arterton and Jeremy Renner turn the familiar fairy tale on its head and bust a few heads of their own in 'Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters.'
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An R-rated horror action comedy fairytale - how's that for genre bending?

"Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters" is more Gatling guns and grenades than The Brothers Grimm. It takes the kidnapped kiddies into adulthood, where they've parlayed their fame at cooking a witch's goose into a business. Got a witch problem? Call H & G - the extermination experts.

High concept pitch or no, the movie doesn't really work. They were shooting for sort of a witch-hunting "Zombieland," an f-bomb-riddled "Van Helsing" packed with comical anachronisms - a Bavarian forest past with witch trials, pump shotguns and ...

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