Action-packed take on fairy tale intended for younger audience
MTV has once again dipped its hand into the movie business with its latest genre-straddling version of a well-known fairy tale. With “Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters,” writer/director Tommy Wirkola puts a modern twist on not only the story, but the dialogue as well.
After surviving their childhood escape from the hands of a witch, siblings Hansel and Gretel grow up to become international bounty hunters. The movie’s concept is original and interesting; however the dialogue is immature, childish and at times downright cheesy. One could soon tell the target audience for this film is comprised of “tweenies,” who are those caught between their late teens and early twenties.
Not to slight the younger generation, but the dialogue in this movie is lacking in any intelligence and wasn’t thought out very well. It is filled with f-bombs, cliché catchphrase and cheesy false bravado. Because of this, “Hansel and Gretel” relied heavily on its cast, which is comprised of Jeremy Renner and Gemma Arterton, who have already starred in similar pictures.
Judging from its trailers, “Hansel and Gretel” was sold primarily as an action film. While it was heavy on the action, the rest of the story seriously suffered. One cannot blame the crappiness of this movie on bad acting; it is poor writing that drags this movie to the Davy Jones’ Locker of Hollywood. After expecting a refreshing twist on an endearing tale, I came away feeling robbed and unsatisfied.
At any rate, “Hansel and Gretel” had painful similarity to the sci-fi teen series “Buffy the Vampire Slayer.” Fairy tales, like those written by the Brothers Grimm, are obviously out of MTV’s league, and what they did to this story was similar to buying a classic car, removing its engine, placing shopping cart wheels on the button and entering it in a soapbox race. It just was not done well, and the network might as well stick to reality television.