Loosely a fairy tale, Hansel and Gretel are armed with high tech guns in the Witch Hunters

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When you go to the cinemas to watch Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters, forget about the original fairy tale where our heroes need to deal with only one witch and the story ends when they go out of the candy house. The 2013 film adaptation of Hansel and Gretel involves less incantations and spells and more of the James Bond girl joining an Avenger with high tech guns and some leather costumes.

The James Bond girl I was talking about is Gemma Arterton who played Gretel and I only remembered her from Quantum of Solace. Of course her filmography includes Clash of the Titans and Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time but she performed an excellent modern witch hunter here. Meanwhile, the Avenger I was referring to is Jeremy Renner (Hansel) who, probably, for most of you is memorable in Bourne Legacy. But he, for me, posted a strong recall as the Hawkeye in The Avengers. The couple oozed out a fantastic screen chemistry that I was too afraid they can stain the fairy tale with incest. That didn't happen of course. 

I downplayed this movie but the fast-paced fight and chase scenes held my attention from start to finish. The easily suspense-affected person that I am squeezed my seatmate's arms three times, or even more during its premiere at iMAX in SM- North Edsa earlier today, January 18. The thrilling parts were quick, fiery, well-choreographed but at times, gory. I could still remember how the troll crushed the sheriff's head by stepping on it. 

Some would consider this as actually a sequel to the original Hansel and Gretel fairy tale and there was a new twist added to the story.  In the fairy tale, it was the stepmom who sent Hansel and Gretel to the woods but in the movie, the stepmom character was changed to a white witch who is also the sibling's biological mother. She sent them to the woods to protect them from the villagers who later on burned her for practicing witchcraft. That's not really a spoiler right there and I was just trying to explain how the movie provided reasons to make a coherent story. 

With a very effective head of the black witches portrayed by Famke Janssen and the boob and butt-exposing white witch Pihla Viitala, don't expect your kids in grade school to appreciate this movie the same as they liked Beauty and the Beast or at the very least, The Chronicles of Narnia. The adult and modern approach of Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters may not be universal but its reinvention is  very entertaining. 

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