Movie Review: Hansel & Gretel Witch Hunters

Where do I begin with this one?

I’m glad I didn’t see it in the theaters… the previews were lies.. I saw a few of the scenes in the movie and another in the “recap” part of the movie.

Second, how many other movies were released with close to the same title? I wanted to watch it on Netflix.. nope.. they had “Hansel & Gretel” but not the one I wanted, Redbox had another “Hansel & Gretel” I was getting frustrated until I finally went online and found it.

Geez…

Thankfully I went into the movie expecting something like Van Helsing… and that is what I got.

I like Famke Janssen, I really do. I’ve seen her in X-Men, Love & Sex, Eulogy,  and one of my favorites House on Haunted Hill.

She can play evil characters really well.. but I don’t think she had enough time to develop as her character.. which no one even said her name in the movie (I don’t think) and yet the credits she’s “Muriel”.

I think she’s having a Monday..

There are quite a few holes in this movie like Hasel’s sickness, what makes high witches special, why Muriel can change from normal looking to witchy looking, what in the world do trolls have to do with this movie, white witches, where the fancy weaponry came from if it’s supposed to be olden times, how in the world did Gretel go from a dress to pants?

But suspend disbelief when watching this movie and don’t let the kids see it, it’s R for language and gore.. because there’s some words that would not have been used during that time frame and lots of gore.. and scary jumpy scenes oh and some nudity.

I don’t think I will be watching this again.. because of the inconsistencies.. I have no problems being taken to the land of Oz or seeing what’s lurking in a haunted house, but bringing shot guns into near medieval times really  pushes my disbelief.

I would have gone with either being in present day or ditching the fancy guns for doing something more like Sleepy Hollow when Tim Burton remade it. It was still gory, but did a great job of staying in the past and sticking to what would have been available to use during that time.

Notable performance: The good witch Mina played by Pihla Viitala and the evil sheriff.. played by the awesome Peter Stormare.. don’t recognize him? If you’ve seen Constantine you should, he played Satan.

More reviews:

http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/hansel_and_gretel_witch_hunters/

http://www.mania.com/hansel-gretel-witch-hunters-unrated-bluray-review_article_137743.html

http://www.ruthlessreviews.com/16409/hansel-and-gretel-witch-hunters-review/

http://www.cinemablend.com/reviews/Hansel-And-Gretel-Witch-Hunters-6290.html

Movie Reviews: Oz the Great & Powerful

 

I admit I didn’t see it when it was out in the theaters so I decided to rent it at Redbox. It would have been worth watching when it was just released.

It is much darker than the Wizard of Oz, but I really enjoyed it.

I love watching Rachel Weisz, so this movie was quite a treat. I’ve seen her in The Mummy series, The Constant Gardener, Constantine and the Shape of Things. I love her acting. This was a great role for her.

Mila Kunis was wonderful too.

Is it wrong of me to have liked the wicked witches performances and liked them better than the good witch?  I mean Glinda was nice, but the real awesome effects came from the wicked witches until Oz decided to show himself.

I think I have found the source of my dislike for monkeys.. those flying baboons were pretty creepy.

I hope I’m not the first person to make the comparison of Mila Kunis’ Theodora to a sweet innocent young girl who gets betrayed by a guy who shows interest in her and turns into a man hating woman.. what? That’s what I got from it.. how else do you go from sweet and innocent to green with jealousy and wicked?

There were some minor characters that had some stand out performances… Tony Cox, Zach Braff, Joey King & Bill Cobbs.

I loved the beginning of the movie how it was in black & white and then went to color. Disney did a fantastic job with sticking to the original in this sense. The special effects were used with appropriate and sparingly. I am curious to know how they managed to create a china doll.

This is what a movie should do – hold the audiences attention, captivate them and entertainment them. Make them believe.

Check out other reviews of the movie (caution there may be spoilers!)

http://www.mormonmovieguy.com/2013/03/in-theaters-oz-great-and-powerful.html

http://thenappans.blogspot.com/2013/03/oz-great-and-powerful.html

 

For those interested in the costumes

http://www.vanityfair.com/online/oscars/2013/03/michelle-williams-costume-oz-photos

 

General Info:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oz_the_Great_and_Powerful

Movie Review: Let Me In

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Let Me In is a American remake of Let the Right One In, which is Swedish. I got saw Let Me In last night and it was good and there were a few changes, from the Swedish version, there was more blood and gore, names were changed and places were changed. The film was set in 1983 instead of 1981. I would have hoped it had been set in the 90’s instead as that would have been more interesting to me.

But it was a good movie. Reminded me of how cruel young children can be and how indifferent adults are to children’s suffering.

I would still suggest watching the original version and/or reading the book. I have not gotten a hold of a copy of the book yet nor have I decided if I want the ebook or paperback. There is something rather satisfying about paperback.

I found Let Me In on Verzion’s Free Movies from Fear.net. If you have Verizon you can find it there, or on Fear.net.