Friday Flick: Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters

Official Description: After getting a taste for blood as children, Hansel (Jeremy Renner) and Gretel (Gemma Arterton) have become the ultimate vigilantes, hell-bent on retribution. Now, unbeknownst to them, Hansel and Gretel have become the hunted, and must face an evil far greater than witches…their past.

Unofficial Description: I heard nothing but bad things about this movie, and that’s sad, because it was fairly entertaining.  It reminded me of Van Helsing, but amped up.  I didn’t realize it was rated R until I started seeing lots of blood and gore, and plenty of F-bombs.  I haven’t liked Jeremy Renner in much that he’s done, but he was quite entertaining as Hansel, one half of the famous brother-sister team of witch hunters.  Along with Gretel, played by Gemma Arterton – who I know I’ve seen in lots of other movies, but can’t recall which ones – the two have hunted witches ever since they were nearly killed by one as children.  As such, they’re quite cynical about the whole thing.  Gretel is plagued by dreams of the night they lost their parents, whereas Hansel wants nothing to do with such memories.  But when they return to the town where they once lived, neither can run away from the past or the secret truth behind who they really are.

The action is good if sometimes over the top, and our heroes tend to recover quickly from stuff that would leave most people quivering on the floor.  I also liked the smartass humor.  Definitely a decent flick for a Friday night.