Tarantino Influence Attracted Famke Janssen To ‘Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters’
By Hannah Soo Park
“Hansel and Gretel,” the original Brothers Grimm tale—you know, the one that involves a cannibalistic witch with a particular bloodlust for lonely, lost children—is, well, pretty darn grim to begin with.
And Tommy Wirkola’s film, “Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters,” seems to get into even darker territory in exploring what might unfold if Hansel (Jeremy Renner) and Gretel (Gemma Arterton) decided to act on their childhood trauma and kill witches for a living. Throw in the blood-spattering gore, cursing and tongue-in-cheek humor, and we’re left with less of a…