Jeremy Renner is a hot commodity right now, so it is no surprise that the long shelved Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters has finally made it to theaters. Renner is probably wishing that it had stayed shelved though because it does nothing to enhance his star power, if anything it diminishes it and makes one question his choice in projects.
Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters takes the classic German tale recorded by the Brothers Grimm and explores what the famous brother and sister witch slayers have done in the years since they pushed the witch into the oven and escaped with their lives. Hansel (Renner) and Gretel (Gemma Arterton) have grown to be professional witch hunters and this tale sees them taking on their greatest foe yet the Grand Dark Witch Muriel (Famke Janssen).
Hansel carries an automatic shotgun, Gretel a machinegun like crossbow. Hansel is a dashing rogue, Gretel a beautiful bad-ass. The two hunt witches, fend off adoring fans and generally cause wanton mayhem wherever they go. The film, which clocks in at a scant 88 minutes, is so short that there is no time for proper character development and the paper-thin plot rushes along that I never really cared what was going on. And that is really all there is to the Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters. It just kind of exists in its awfulness, never crossing the line into full on atrocity but never striving to be anything better than what it is.
And what Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters is, is a bad film. However, it is also a film that I can see friends sitting down and Mystery Science Theater 3000ing, the friendly banter offering more entertainment than the actual film. I suppose in the grand scheme of things, being a bad film that people can enjoy for being bad is better than not being enjoyed at all.