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Movie review: 'Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters'

Oklahoman Modified: January 24, 2013 at 5:33 pm •  Published: January 25, 2013

“Trolls are extra,” Hansel growls, always watching their bottom line.

Hansel and Gretel have a groupie (Thomas Mann), and the woman (Pihla Viitala) they saved from burning in the opening scene wants to repay the favor to Hansel, a repayment that involves skinny dipping. And when they're on the clock, they have all manner of clever gear to help them battle the wand-wielders — pistols, rifles, a semi-automatic crossbow, the aforementioned Taser (hand-cranked).

Writer-director Tommy Wirkola focuses on the fights and flings all manner of viscera at the 3-D camera as limbs are whacked off and heads and torsos explode. Less attention was paid to the story, and the dialogue is a tad over-reliant on the random f-word to land a laugh.

The cleverest touch? Hansel's mania for candy-covered houses is what landed Hansel & Gretel in that witch's clutches all those years ago. Now, he carries an ancient hypodermic needle and takes injections to ward off insulin shock.

The moral of the fairy tale? Lay off the candy or a witch'll get you.

— Roger Moore, MCT Information Service