Wow. Just wow. I don’t quite know what to say about this. Ever since Paramount Pictures first announced a re-imagining of the classic Grimm Brothers fairytale, skeptics have been sharpening their knives. And now, our first glimpse of footage from the Tommy Wirkola fantasy-actioner is out. And wow. Let’s just say the skeptics might have a case. This is either going to be a passably fun time at the movies (wishful thinking), or a complete and utter disaster on every level, from story, to performance to action staging (quite likely).

And for the record, I absolutely cannot stand it when European characters speak in a distinctly American accent (Hello, Jeremy Renner). Some might insist it’s no big deal, but they’re wrong. An accent is like the other skills in an actor’s repertoire, which go towards creating a convincing portrayal of a character. Unless there is an intentional purpose for the character to sound exactly like the actor does in real life, then any suspension of disbelief goes out the window. Wow. Can’t believe I found so much to say about this. Still, I’m willing to give “Hansel And Gretel: Witch Hunters” the benefit of the doubt. Just please don’t turn out like “Van Helsing”.



Here’s a really short synopsis: “Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters takes place 15 years after the siblings’ incident at the gingerbread house. The two are now specialized bounty hunters looking to put down the cackling black-hat set.”

“Hansel And Gretel: Witch Hunters” also stars Famke Janssen, Peter Stormare, and Thomas Mann. It premieres 11th January 2013.

 

2 comments

  1. gwen10

    September 6, 2012 @ 2:35 pm

    ummm.. I kind of liked the trailer. :D It feels like campy fun, almost B-movie-ish. I think the fact that Renner (nor did Arterton, from the sound of it) didn’t really bother with the accents means it probably isn’t trying to stay true to the origins. I’m almost hoping this will be so bad, it’ll be good. hahaha…

  2. Wai

    September 9, 2012 @ 8:16 am

    gwen10: Arterton is British, so it looks like she’s doing an American, or at least mid-Atlantic accent here. Which makes me wonder if this is a conscious decision on the director’s part to have them sound like Yanks, and therefore “contemporary”. After all, the weapons and fashions are already anachronistic…

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