Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters Saturday, 21 September 2019

Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters

Additional Info

  • Rating:

    MA15+: Strong violence.

  • The pitch:

    Grimm fairy tale.

  • Starring:

    Jeremy Renner, Gemma Arterton, Famke Janssen, Peter Stormare, Pihla Viitala, Derek Mears, Thomas Mann, Rainer Bock, Ingrid Bolsø Berdal

  • Directed by:

    Tommy Wirkola

  • Running time:

    88 minutes

  • Rated:

    MA15+ (Australia), 15 (UK), R (USA)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE:

    Children, adults and/or witches are shot/shot at (guns, arrows, magic wand), hanged, decapitated, stabbed, slapped, kicked, punched, hit, elbowed, karate-chopped, hit with objects, knuckle-dusted, bound, dismembered, shredded, chained, caged, threatened (blades, guns), force-fed, headbutted, tackled, thrown through the air, dragged, tasered, held in a choke-hold, butt-whipped, burned, thrown down stairs, bitten, stomped. Doors kicked in, fireball thrown at village, explosion, burning buildings, smashed glass, debris. Animated drawings of hanged, chained, burning, beheaded, speared witches. A man shoots his own head off, a man falls out of a tree, a man yells at an animal, a woman's head is dunked in a barrel of water. Lost/missing/saved/taken children, killing, decapitation, ripping out hearts, skinning, mentioned. Yelling, screaming, pleading. Blood/gore: Blood splatter, bloody nose, bloody mouth, dismembered limbs, exploding body, black blood, splattered flesh, scarred skin, bruising, bloody scratches, decapitated head. A man injects himself for a diabetes-type illness (syringe, needle entering leg seen). Bug seen crawling beneath flesh. Mention of people dying in fires. Animals (dead and alive) eaten. Animal, human and many witch corpses. Hanged father, burning mother seen.

  • SEX/NUDITY:

    Nude female (rear view and breasts seen). Nude witches (genitals obscured). Shirtless man. Undressing, cleavage. Kissing, flirting.

  • VICES/DRUG USE:

    Alcohol (ale). Smoking. A salve is applied to wounds. A man injects himself with medicine. Magic potions seen and used.

  • LANGUAGE:

    F-words, s-words, a-words, b*tch, wh*re. Name-calling. Witchery, witchcraft, magic, curses, invincibility, spells, white witch, black magic mentioned. Ethnic, cultural, genre stereotypes. Religious references.

  • THEMES:

    Witch-hunting, Hansel and Gretel, bounty hunters, siblings, child abduction, abandonment, fame, blood, gore, violence, black magic, sacrifice, unlikely heroes, teamwork, revenge.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS:

    A father abandons his children in a forest. Grotesque witches, ugly trolls, full moon, blood moon, campfire, defibrillation. Goat, dogs, geese, beetles, horse, cow, dog attack, dead maggots. Maggots eaten, hanging animal corpses. Spitting. Sky-high aerial cinematography. Vision under end credits.

  • CRITICS LIKE:

    Splattery fun, spoofy, campy. Some funny lines and cool battles. Convincing performance from Renner.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE:

    Over-excitable, predictable, mish-mashed, brainless, mindless, tacky, lame. Thin script.

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