Critics and moviegoers agree that Hansel & Gretel: is bad. It is about two witch hunters, Hansel (Jeremy Renner) and Gretel (Gemma Arterton), who go into a small town and bump heads with the village sheriff while trying to solve a mystery.
The village sheriff is identified as the villain right from the start. But he dies in the middle of the movie but not by the good guys or anyone with a reason to kill him. The story is inconsistent. Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters takes place in a fantasy world where witches roam. The magic of evil witches don’t work against a white witch except at the most critical moments.
Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters is a period piece yet its choice of language spoken by the characters is inconsistent with the time. The lines don’t match with an 18th century German village, where the movie is supposed to take place.
The movie doesn’t belong to any genre. It is not a comedy even if there are a few laughs. It is not a satire even if we see the mailman delivering porcelain milk bottles with woodcuts of missing children attached to them. There are several opportunities for humor but they don’t pick up on. It is not funny enough to be a comedy, too silly to be a drama and not that scary.
The saving grace of Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters is its cast. Jeremy Renner and Gemma Arterton did a fine job as expected of them.
The movie doesn’t have a well-structured plot and the human characters are not that relatable. The 3D, music and special effects don’t matter if the characters are not credible and the story is lacking. No amount of special effects can hide the stench from within the core of the movie.