Underrated Gem: Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters (2013)

Plot: Hansel & Gretel are bounty hunters who track and kill witches all over the world. As the fabled Blood Moon approaches, the siblings encounter a new form of evil that might hold a secret to their past.

I’ve always liked this one ever since I’d seen in the theater when it came out, and since it doesn’t get talked about a lot, I figured I’d give it some love.

The cast all around give it their all, particularly our leads Jeremy Renner and Gemma Arterton who both do a great job as Hansel and Gretel, Peter Stormare is always fun to watch, and Famke Janssen as our villain who is menacing and does a good job overall.

The action is solid all around, especially the final fight which is well choreographed and doesn’t rely on too much shaky cam or quick cuts which I appreciated.

However, my favorite thing about this one is director Tommy Wirkola’s direction, not only from the way he directs the action, but also his use of humor which isn’t forced (unlike a lot of films nowadays), so he manages to balance the tone effectively.

Both uses of practical and CGI effects are well done, and not too distracting; now sure it’s not perfect, but for the most part it’s very impressive.

In conclusion, Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters is a fun fantasy action film that has a solid cast, a pretty decent story, action that is well done and has great direction by Tommy Wirkola. The special effects work for the most part, but most of all this knew what it was and went with it, which is more than I can say for Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter.