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A long time ago in a distant fairy tale countryside, a young girl leads her little brother into a dark wood in desperate search of food and work, only to stumble upon a nexus of terrifying evil.

Also Known As: Grete og Hans, Gretel & Hansel, Гретель і Гензель, Γκρέτελ & Χάνσελ, Gretel & Hansel: Un siniestro cuento de hadas, Gretel und Hansel, Kerttu ja Hannu, Hänsel und Gretel: Hexenjäger 2, Maria e João - O Conto das Bruxas, Małgosia i Jaś, Гретель и Гензель, Марица и Ивица, Jonukas ir Grytute. Siaubo pasaka, Gretel & Hansel: Truyện Cổ Kỳ Dị, Greta och Hans, Gretel e Hansel, Gretel and Hansel, Gretel & Hansel: Un oscuro cuento de hadas, Marienka a Janko: Les hrôzy, Gretel & Hansel: un siniestro cuento de hadas, Gretel y Hansel

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  • gabriella-ruiz
    gabriella ruiz

    Once upon a time, in the kingdom of storytelling, lie the original auteurs of fairy tales, the Brothers Grimm. Their known for their classical tales such as “The Golden Goose”, “The Elves and the Shoemaker”, “Snow White”, and of course, the subject of today’s movie, “Hansel and Gretel”. All of these stories have been retold as family friendly and cute several times, which is probably why they stick with us. What also stick with them is how dark a lot of them are. It’s obvious that their all meant to be cautionary stories to teach us about the harsh realities of the world.Looking at “Hansel and Gretel”, we have the classic story of two children that come across a house of sweets, get lured in by a witch that lives there, and defeat her using their cleaver wit. This is a famous analogy on trusting random strangers, especially the ones that offer candy to go to them. It’s also a great lesson in how images can be deceiving. But unlike “Snow White” or “Sleeping Beauty”, this story has not had a lot of adaptations, not even an animated movie from Disney. Now we have a gothic retelling with Gretel & Hansel.Teenager Gretel (played by Sophia Lillis) is struggling with her position in the old world as a person whose only told she’s good for subservient work. After she fails at acquiring a job, her stepmother accuses her of not paying her fair share and forces her and her brother Hansel (played by Sam Leakey) out. Gretel remains optimistic that she and her brother will find something and even manage to spend a night at a kind hunter’s home. They wonder around the woods, becoming more hungry as time goes by.They eventually come across a home in the woods, that also has a lot of food on the table. They find an old woman who lives there, Holda (played by Alice Kringe) who offers food and shelter. They eat and gorge as Hansel is swayed by the promise that he’ll be trained as a woodsmen. Gretel knows something is off with the place, but Holda also promises her to teach her ways of magic. Gretel also remembers about an old story her father told her about a young girl whose psychic abilities pushed her into the same woods. Could this old woman have a connection with it?Like a lot of January releases, Gretel & Hansel has a lot of problems that prevent it from being effective. A lot of it is on Gretel. I know the actress Sophia Lillis can give a good performance (as she did in the It movies), but along with keeping her American accent (which is awkward as everyone else has an English accent), she seems to be directed in a way that comes off more wooden then it should be. I appreciate the movie trying to give her more character, but it’s going to fail if the acting doesn’t come off that natural.Plus when it comes to the retelling of the story, it’s trying to do a lot. When it’s telling the fairy tale, it is effective. When it’s trying to be a female empowerment story, it feels really forced. I don’t have anything against that, but it needs to be done in a story that portrays that positively. Gretel & Hansel sends a mixed message where the witch and her powers are bad, yet Gretel (along with the movie) wants to take part in it…to be her own woman? I don’t get what message it’s trying to send, but it’s clear the movie isn’t smart enough to find that balance.It’s a shame because the movie does have a lot of good things. The movie’s production and cinematography is really good. It’s fog filled forests and candlelit caves and homes give you a good sense of gothic and creep. Its something I myself would be terrified to enter on my own and would make a good maze for those Halloween haunts. The music, which has a synth sound, does add on to Gretel & Hansel’s tone. I thought it would be out of place, but something about it does make it even scarier then it really is. Perhaps this movie is the equivalent of “looks can be deceiving”.I’ll give this four candy houses out of ten. Is this worth a watch? I don’t know if I can say so in theaters. But I can see people enjoying this around the Halloween timeframe. I don’t think this was for me as I still see it as too boring to care about. I may pick up the soundtrack. That’ll be one thing I pick up from this candy house.

  • dr-avunc-durdu-hayrioglu
    dr avunc durdu hayrioglu

    Maybe we missed something, me and my friend walked out rather disappointed after watching this movie. No clue, no suspense, no horror and well there was absolutely nothing fun about this movie. Such a waste of money.

  • roman-ch-inch-alaze
    roman ch inch alaze

    This movie isn’t for everybody. That being said, I thoroughly enjoyed it. It’s beautifully shot and very well acted. The music by ROB is pure fire. This is an art piece for sure. If you’re into artsy films with heavy synth soundtracks and gorgeous witches, you’ll love this movie. The goth in my black heart loved every minute. 🖤

  • bogdanna-gres
    bogdanna gres

    Visually arresting, slow moving, and so many unanswered questions! 1. Why did the mom go crazy? 2. Who was the huntsman? 3. What was that monster and why would the huntsman kill him if he kept him in his house? 4. Where were the wolves they were warned about? 5. How many times can you have shadowy witches show up for no purpose? 6. Why was Hansel obsessed with axes that he could never properly use? 7. Why was he hypnotized to sharpen the saw only to disappear? 8. Why do we have to watch kids trip on mushrooms for 5 minutes? 9. Why are the witches hands black? 10. What does Gretel’s period have to do with anything? 11. Why did the witch eat all her children when she only hated one of them? 12. Why Are there shoes in the trees, and dolls in the river? 13. Why did Hansel get sent back to his home? 14. What was the random pigtail in the witches food? 15.Why was this script so shoddily put together to make a film with no storyline?!Save your money and avoid this film unless you just need some pretty woodland scenes to look at.

  • angel-dinu
    angel dinu

    The struggle was real. It was a constant fight to stay awake. Twice I succumbed to the Sandman only to wake up in the same dream. “Gretel & Hansel” tried to put me out again but I was determined to stay awake and torture myself.There’s no mystery what the premise of this movie is about. Everyone knows the age old story of “Hansel & Gretel.” A young brother and sister go into the woods, they find a house made of delicious treats, they eat from the house, get captured by a witch who fattens them up to eat them except they escape and kill her.The story has been retold, remixed, and redone several times both literarily and cinematically. The last cinematic version I saw was with Jeremy Renner and Gemma Arterton in “Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters” (2013). That was more of a Hansel & Gretel the adult years where they hunt other witches to prevent other kids from getting eaten or worse.This version tries to go the scary route. It was dark and ominous the majority of the movie. They also wanted to give it a new age spin by making Gretel the main focus as you can probably gather by the title: “Gretel & Hansel.” They have followed the Hollywood trend of other movies that have taken known and established stories or franchises and remade them to have a feminine focus. Look no further than “Star Wars,” “Terminator,” “Ghostbusters,” “Ocean’s 11,” and others. It’s lazy and it’s a disservice. The movies are trash–not because they are feminine centric, but because writers are just rehashing something that has made goo gobs of money and gave them heroines as though that is somehow fresh, radical, or unique. It’s none of those. It’s tired, lazy, and lame. Do something new and original and maybe, just maybe, it will be good.In “Gretel & Hansel” Gretel was the older sister and, for the most part, caretaker of Hansel. While wandering the woods in a state of near starvation they found the witch’s house. The witch was a child eater, but she only wanted to eat Hansel and not Gretel. In Gretel she saw power and wanted to help her cultivate that power. Hansel, as the witch explained, was only weighing Gretel down. If she would only let him go, then she would be free. Read: if women would only discard the shackles known as men then they could realize their true potential. That same message was intimated elsewhere in the movie when Gretel called the witch “misses” and the witch said, “I’m not married. Do you see a ball and chain on me.”If the message wasn’t clear enough from the two aforementioned examples, then there were three men in the movie to make the “male bad, female good” message stronger. Of the three men, one was morally reprehensible, one was some sort of animal, and one was chivalrous. So, two of the three men were dangerous while one was good. If that was analogous to real life then that’s sad. I only hope that I’m of the 1/3rd that are good.Gretel finds the strength to save her brother from being eaten, but she also lets him go. The boy was all of nine years old at the oldest and yet he is a male so she had to cut him loose to be the goddess she was meant to be. It’s a pathetic retelling of a classic in which neither Hansel nor Gretel was the dominant character. Maybe one day Hollywood writers will be creative for a change. And maybe pigs will fly.

  • cathy-roberts
    cathy roberts

    Just a typical January movie, but this one is just sooooo boring. It just fails to gain your attention, you’re just waiting for something to happen but it does not. First time i almost walked out of the theater but i didn’t just so i can tell that the whole movie sucked.

  • matej-flego
    matej flego

    I took a nap! We decided to go see Grettel and Hansel after reading a review that it was the “scariest of 2020” whoever wrote that review needs to be schooled in what a horror movie entails. This movie had no plot, eluded to certain gory aspects but, never showed them. I found myself falling asleep waiting for it to be over! Don’t waste your money or your time on this one, I wouldn’t even waste a redbox rental.

  • heghine-aregyan
    heghine aregyan

    In this movie it starts off with the mother of the children angry and wanting the kids out of the house. It starts off kind of how women are better than men, weird but ok I can ignore that. But through out the film the witches also want gretel to learn more because men will resent a powerful woman and end up hating her. At one point during the film Gretel gets her period for no reason at all, it’s such a weird symbolic movie against men and pro women that kind of isolates the audience. It would’ve been a .ore interesting film had they left that narrative out.Apparently witches have feminist values

  • rebekka-tzagka
    rebekka tzagka

    This movie was somewhat disappointing. I did, however, liked the cinematography in this film. The acting was great as well. The problem with the movie is that, it didnt have much going for this movie. I did not connect with the characters in this film and it seemed very plain as far as the story went. I wont spoil anything here but it felt like this could have been much more in my opinion. But, i guess i shouldnt of expected too much from a horror movie in January.

  • igor-duzy
    igor duzy

    I can’t believe I actually paid to see this nothing movie. No action, horror or real story. I kept waiting for something to happen but it never did. People were asleep in the theater and I was debating if.

  • nanni-kristensen
    nanni kristensen

    I find myself becoming very disillusioned with Hollywood’s trend of marketing films as horror films, regardless of whether or not they actually hit the mark as horror.The plot was underdeveloped yet had so much potential. I’ve seen the actress who plays Gretel in other films before (It, It Chapter 2, Sharp Objects) and she’s always impressed. However in this film, I feel she wasn’t given material that could’ve been transformed into something more engaging and interesting. The film seemed to want to be artistic, edgy, mysterious, however it failed to really allow for the characters to develop in any real or measurable way.There are so many unanswered questions but they don’t make the film mysterious as much as it makes the film seem unfinished and showcase the lack of effort put into the script.Why did the mother lose her mind and throw out her children? Why was Gretel fine with sending her brother back home alone to this clearly unstable woman and stay at the witch’s house?Just another very disappointing film.

  • vera-milani
    vera milani

    I only have 3 words for this movie. Boring, Confusing, and Plain

  • rocio-moya
    rocio moya

    This movie falls into the niche category of horror movies that throw everything out the window (plot, dialogue, acting…) in an effort to be artistic and cerebral. Undoubtedly the cinematography is beautiful, but that’s the only positive. The plot is thin, the acting is okay but theres nothing there, and the overall movie was a bit boring. A definite creep factor, but not scary at all, which was a real let down.

  • solomiia-pavlik
    solomiia pavlik

    There’s so much they could have done in this movie, but they just… didn’t. Very boring.

  • illia-shiian
    illia shiian

    The trailer was the best part of the movie. They had the opportunity to do more with it and missed the mark. Definitely should have gone straight to DVD or Netflix.

  • brian-warren
    brian warren

    Which is a perfect description of this film. Muh feminism mixed in with good old fashion Boredom. Was this supposed to be scary? The only scary thing is the misandry.

  • mr-martin-stokes
    mr martin stokes

    Slow. Boring. Stupid. No payoff. At least 2 people in the theater were snoring. They were the lucky ones.

  • sonia-boada-gaya
    sonia boada gaya

    ….it just falls short, and kind of leaves you unsatisfied. It’s beautiful and dark visually, and it had so much potential to be a great movie, but ends up being something better watched at home.

  • agathe-kuriakou
    agathe kuriakou

    When the most memorable part of a movie is how many times characters ‘oink’ like pigs, it’s not a good thing. The movie is pretty. That’s about it. The story goes nowhere, the plot is unengaging, and I was left underwhelmed. The film tries too hard to be artsy, stylish, and taken serious. Unfortunately, this makes the movie feel slow and pointless. Movies should feel like rollercosters, making the audience feel something- whether it be sadness, fear, or excitement, etc. This one felt equivalent to sitting in a 3 hour long college lecture on cinematography. I’m not gonna say don’t see this movie, but I will say that if you REALLY want to see it, I recommend you wait until you can rent/stream it to save your money and potentially time if you decide to turn it off.

  • stanislav-zalokar
    stanislav zalokar

    I know the story as a kid, and I went in expecting this to be scary and totally different from the story as a kid, the same as they have turned other childhood stories into horror films. This film missed a lot of opportunities to develop the story to make it a great horror film. It was very boring, confusing and not scary at all. It seem like it was a prequel to a much bigger story. I wouldn’t waste my money going to the theater to see this, wait until it hits DVD or a streaming app.

  • dott-donatella-moretti
    dott donatella moretti

    90 min movie that felt like 3hrs. Only bright spot was the actress playing the old witch. She was very creepy but nothing really happens

  • michael-forrest
    michael forrest

    Absolutely awful, insulting to be in the horror genre, nothing about this film was scary or horrifying. First movie i ever considered walking out on or falling asleep to. Only good thing i can say is the witch was perfectly. Movie was extremely slow paced and never picks up at all, truly dreadful and waste of money. Even the music choice was awful, robotic techno sounds like i was watching tron

  • gotthard-tschentscher-mba
    gotthard tschentscher mba

    Well this movie has nothing to do with Hansel and Gretel really they just used the name to get publicity. Hansel seems like an afterthought in this movie without no real impact.The movie is really really boring and even though it is only 87 minutes it feels like a life time. This movie is like a dj who keeps building up and up and up but it never drops the beat never and you end up blue.Buying couple beers will provide much more entertainment for you than watching this.

  • thrasuboulos-mauroutsos
    thrasuboulos mauroutsos

    I have so many questions about this movie, but I’ll narrow it down to 3 questions: 1. Was that a zombie??? Why??????? 2. Gretel just yeets Hansel out of her life so she can be ~witchy~ and do ~witchy~ things??? 3. WHY WAS GRETEL THE ONLY PERSON IN THE MOVIE WITHOUT AN ENGLISH ACCENT???Anyway, watch if you want. Wasn’t the worst movie I’ve seen, but I wasn’t a fan.

  • drosos-nikolaides
    drosos nikolaides

    This movie LOOKS great. Seriously, great camera work, great production design, just a beautiful movie. It’s a crying shame the story was so poorly written and the film so poorly directed and edited that the craftsmanship of the cinematography is lost. This is an ambitious story that, sadly, the director and writer weren’t able to execute. There are a lot of ideas that aren’t fleshed out, a lot of symbolism that is robbed of deeper meaning, and overall there is a story that doesn’t get told. Which is a shame, because I feel like the story they WANTED to tell would have been very intriguing, but sadly they didn’t know how to tell it. Maybe they can revisit this in a decade or two when they’ve learned their craft a bit more. I’d pay to see that.