Amanuensis (amanuensis1) wrote,

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Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters mini nonspoilery review

I am glad I could recognize that Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters was not a good movie, as the majority of critics have agreed, because it means I'm not that Renner-blind. The script's not good. The humor timing's off. It should be more consistently funny but it can't really settle on its tone. In premise, it's very much up my alley--irreverent fairy-tale anachronistic self-parody comedy action flick--but in execution it suffered.

Having said that, it's still enjoyable! I liked it ever, ever, EVER so much better than the snoozefest that was Snow White and the Huntsman, and I'm serious when I say it had some of the best fight sequences I've seen onscreen. I am so sick of slo-mo and of rapid-fire cuts that obscure the beatings being dished out; because of the well-done sequencing in this one I actually could follow the hand-to-hand fights, what a concept. I enjoyed the story, and I really enjoyed the film's intentions--see above, about how I'm exactly the audience for fairy tales, anachronisms, and irreverence--and it was never dull. And there are genuinely funny giggle-like-an-idiot moments, just not enough of them.

And the actors aren't to be faulted.

Me: Jeremy's doing a damn good Snake Plissken in this, isn't he?
S.O.: Hell, Gemma's doing a damn good Snake Plissken!

They are both also very, very, very pretty in this, despite, and because of, being covered in battle gore for quite a lot of it. While I was itching to take a corrective pen to the script and give the director a lesson in irony timing, I regret not one moment. Come to me, sweet DVD.

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