Film

Lazy fairytales

OUT NOW! The 'adult fairytale' concept may sound like silly porn, but unfortunately HANSEL & GRETEL: WITCH HUNTERS isn't that fun.

Where are Hansel and Gretel now?

Apparently, they’re in Ye Olde Worlde steampunk paradise employed as tough-talking witch assassins. This self-professed ‘adult fairytale’ (featuring nipples and the F-word) deftly ensures that the Brothers Grimm are spinning in their graves. Premise-wise, Lethal Weapon with witches instead of drug barons sounds fantastic but it’s really a lazy, cliché boxticker, based on the misguided assumption that people enjoy the 3D illusion of explosive debris flying at their face every 10 seconds – or appreciate throwbacks to medieval morality.

Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters (3D) | Directed by Tommy Wirkola (USA 2013) with Jeremy Renner, Gemma Arterton. Starts February 28