The only way to describe this film is that it is patently ridiculous. Not that that makes it bad. One should expect to have to suspend disbelief when watching a fantasy film. However, this movie really makes that demand.
As the title suggests, this is an adaptation based on the old folktale of Hansel and Gretel: two children lost in the woods, who fall foul of a witch, living in a gingerbread cottage. This story portray Hansel and Gretel as adults, building upon their youthful adventure to become renowned witch hunters.
It’s an entertaining romp, but offers very little that is new or remarkable. The style of the film is fun, but it’s all been done before in movies like Van Helsing. So, lots of action and much liberty taken with the historical setting.
That being said, it is nice to see a move that actually depicts witches in a bad light. After all, this is based an old folk tale where witches are evil and eat children. So it is nice that they have been willing to stick with that, rather than revamp the figure of the witch into a kind and fuzzy sorceress. Though, they also addressed the idea of good witches, too.
All in all, don’t expect anything sensational from this film. It is a mindless romp, so if you watch it, just turn off your brain, lay back and enjoy.