Sorry, but every time we hear “Hansel” all we can think of is Will Ferrell following it up with “So hot right now.” But whether or not the delayed “Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters” is “hot” remains to be seen, but judging from this first trailer we’re thinking….not.
Boasting some pretty grim special effects, bad one liners and obvious stunt doubles, it seems pretty clear why Paramount moved the film from this spring to the barren theatrical landscape of early 2013. Jeremy Renner and Gemma Arterton — who we both ordinarily love — make a pretty odd pairing prancing around medieval forests and villages in “Resident Evil” gear ridding them of witches. But when five kids go missing, they have to face their biggest challenge yet, which appears to be more dodgy VFX.
All round this seems pretty uninspired and lifeless, with a wonky tone that never feels organic. And even as R-rated fare, it doesn’t feel particularly edgy. But hey, we’d love to be proven wrong. “Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters” opens on January 11, 2013.