Everybody has heard the old fairy tale of Hansel and Gretel. It’s a story about two little German children, a cannibal witch with a taste for tender flesh, a ginger bread house, and a blazing hot industrial oven. One question most people probably have never asked, however, is what happens after the story ends. Well director/co-writer of Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters, Tommy Wirkola (Dead Snow), did ask that question, and what he decided is that those little scamps probably “got a taste for witch blood” and grew up to be leather-clad badasses who hunt down witches with their extensive knowledge of kung fu and never-ending arsenal of futuristic firepower.
Is that a dumb idea for a movie? Sure. But dumb can be fun when it’s fully embraced, and the new trailer for Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters seems to have no trouble embracing how ridiculous Wirkola’s new movie is. There’s no heavy-handed drama trying to heighten the importance of crossing an Underworld aesthetic with a nonsensical old fairy tale, there’s no Meta winking to let you know that everything you’re watching is purposefully bad for the sake of irony… no, Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters appears to just be pure, unabashed, witch hunting craziness.
Even Jeremy Renner, who’s on the brink of major, mainstream stardom and probably shouldn’t be doing something this blatantly dumb, seems to be jumping headfirst into things here and just having a good time wearing tight pants and beating the crap out of witches. And who can blame him? This movie gave him the chance to hang out with Gemma Arteron and Famke Janssen, and act opposite the unique energy and aura of Peter Stormare. Sounds like a fun time. And though there’s a chance Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters could end up being objectively horrible, there’s probably an equal chance it could end up being big, dumb fun. Are you willing to take a chance on it? It’s set to hit theaters on January 11, so there probably won’t be much else out in theaters that week anyway.