My new mistress C# has been taking up a lot of my time and thoughts lately, but I did manage to make time to see a couple of movies over the weekend.
One was a documentary called Monumental, produced and hosted by Kirk Cameron. He did a nice job, found a lot of really interesting and perhaps little known information (I know I learned something), and my beloved chose that for her birthday movie. (She chose Secretariat for later in the day, too, and it was actually better than I thought it would be.)
It’s a fast-paced, rather steampunky version of the Brothers Grimm fairy tale world, and it takes place with Hansel and Gretel all grown up. Having escaped the harrowing near-miss with the witch in the dark forest, they have a taste for witch blood and money. They get both by going town-to-town, heavily armed (with things like Gatlin guns, bi-directional crossbows, and travel with INSULIN, to treat Hansel’s diabetes), and are paid by locals to stop the witches in their area from devouring their children.
But something sinister, powerful, and once-in-a-lifetime is happening, and it’s bigger than H&G realize. They’re going to need all the help they can get to put a stop to the one event which might change the battle between good and evil forever – and they need to stay alive while doing it.
Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters stars Jeremy Renner (you know, the new Jason Bourne), and Gemma Arterton, and features Framke Jannsen (Hemlock Grove on Netflix, and from the X-Men movie franchises as Jean Grey), Peter Stormare (The Last Stand, Minority Report), and a lot of action, adventure and CGI.
I have to say, the movie was fun. It’s pure, unadulterated entertainment. Not much of a plot to speak of – pretty predictable. Not stellar writing – what can you do with something so limited? But it turned out to be well-acted, and I really enjoyed it. If it’s taken just on its merits of entertainment, it’s going to deliver, in my book.
Overall, I gave it four stars of five. Why not? I looked at it as another in that steampunk wave coming through over the last several years, similar to Sherlock Holmes and the like.
Not bad. I caught it on Vudu video service as a rental, and recommend it as a fun popcorn munching bit.
What did you do this weekend?