Saturday, April 20, 2013

Hansel and Gretel, Witch Hunters

First movie review of the year – it’ll be short.

Hansel and Gretel was what I expected – not actually good, but entertaining if you can get into the right frame of mind.
Bring your sense of humor and set the bar low. You’ll need to be able to laugh with the movie, and also to laugh at it. Fortunately, it doesn’t take itself too seriously. It’s not a comedy, but it is frequently ridiculous. If you watched the trailer, saw the over-the-top weaponry, and need to have an explanation for the bizarre tech – you’ll have a problem with this movie. There are a number of elements of plot, setting, and character which are unexplained and/or nonsensical. If you can swallow your disbelief, then this is an amusing, entertaining movie.
It does have its good points. The plot is actually coherent, which is pretty cool for a movie of this sort. It’s not profound, but it has its moments. The acting was pretty decent. The production values were quite good. If this is the worst movie I see this year, then we’re doing better than last year.
This movie is very much R, by the way – lots of violence, brief nudity, and hilariously out of place cursing – I wondered at points if they put that in just to reinforce the R rating.

And that’s as coherent as I’m going to get tonight.

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