- Genre : Fantasy,Horror,Thriller
- Runtime : 1h 27m
- Cast : Sam Leakey, Alice Krige, Sophia Lillis, Samuel Leakey
- Director : Oz Perkins
- Producer : Brian Kavanaugh-Jones, Fred Berger
- Language : English
- Release Date : 31 Jan 2020
- Rating : 14A
This movie was pretty good. I went into it expecting something very differently than what I got though. I was expecting this movie to be a horror film and it wasn’t very scary at all. There were a few points where I was confused with the story line... like at one point there was some kind of zombie? It never showed any other “zombies” or even explained why it was there, the only thing it offered to the movie was introducing the hunter, but made it confusing because it gave no context as to why it was placed in the movie otherwise. I feel as though the story could have been a bit more developed, but ultimately, it wasn’t bad.
This film turns into a bonafide great horror movie after that rocky opening and it doesn't really. There are very few actual plot points; Gretel (who has nascent witch powers of her own) things something bad is going on, the witch says something mildly taunting, Gretel has a nightmare vision, rinse, repeat. It's and extremely redundant plot, which makes sense if we remind ourselves that this is a fairy tale adaptation but it becomes extremely deary to watch it in a movie that, at only 87 minutes long, still feels padded and bloated. And even with so much time spent readying us for the ending, the movie still seems to just suddenly happen upon it; it's not really set up, Gretel doesn't really have to learn anything it's just one big final set piece, followed by an extremely bizarre and unsatisfying denouement, and then we're out. Still the horror fan must have learned by 2020 that sometimes horror movies have miserable crash landings right at the end, and allowances must be made for whatever strengths they can offer otherwise. In this case, the thick, woodsy production design, the very unsettling fairy tale unreality, and Krige's terrific performance are pretty gratifying allowances indeed.
This is going to be a very divisive film. Either you’re going to be wrapped up in this film’s weirdness and embrace its style over substance, or you’re going to be bored and wanting more. I for one respect how weird this is. I was very tired seeing it and it felt like a dream with little nightmares placed throughout. I wished the pacing was a bit better and that some plot points were more developed. But I’ll happily take this any day over other mainstream horror films like The Nun and The Turning.
This strange, austere, artful, violent retelling of the old fairy tale is one of those movies that's more moody than scary. It won't be to every taste, but it's weirdly poetic and mesmerizing. With Gretel & Hansel and two previous chillers (The Blackcoat's Daughter, I Am the Pretty Thing That Lives in the House), director Osgood "Oz" Perkins -- the son of Psycho star Anthony Perkins -- has established himself as a confident, patient creator of chills who takes risks and is decidedly out of the mainstream. His focus on framing, textures, shapes, silences, and music -- rather than jump scares, shocks, or screaming -- makes his films a little harder to sell. His Gretel & Hansel, with Gretel now coming first in the title, is also a story about women. Triangles permeate the film, suggesting the strength of both the witch and Gretel, and Perkins plays around with other recurring themes and symbols, too. The overall tone can feel a bit academic and perhaps a bit chilly, but the casting saves the day. Lillis, who was so delightful and spunky in the two It films, warms up her scenes with her character's younger brother, and Krige (the Borg Queen in Star Trek: First Contact) has a slithery quality that makes her witch somehow hypnotic. The throwback electronic music score by French composer Rob also helps create an unsettling, otherworldly quality. But overall, this is a movie about a young woman moving from a defensive position in the world to a more powerful offensive one.
This is a horror movie that uses all aspects to bring the horror. If you know the story of Hansel and Gretel then you already know where this is going but not how it’s getting there. There is discussion of a child’s virginity and a mother that loses her mind and abandons her children. There’s a arrow to the head scene and eye knocked out. There’s blood and guts and talk of cannibalism of ones children. If you have mature children then they won’t have an issue. If you’re the type that picks out everything wrong with a movie then skip this one because you're going to try to break everything down and you won’t enjoy this but if you can give it a fair chance I believe you will enjoy it. Sink into the ambiance, fall into the environment and the children’s circumstances and dive into this movie with your mind wide open. This is a great movie.
Good sets, imaginative, kept me interested throughout. Had a lot of symbolism and it was a “pay attention to the details” type of movie. I would see it a second time (rental) to get more out of it, because there was just so much in the story. I enjoyed discussing the movie after almost more than watching the actual movie. You’ll be thinking about it the next day. I thought the acting was very good, especially Gretel (the young woman from “IT”).
If you go into this movie expecting horror, thriller or fast paced drama you will be extremely disappointed. However, if you do know what you’re getting into the experience is extraordinary. At no point are you beat over the head with the plot. Many critique this movie for being slow, but I found that as the audience you were supposed to piece together the plot which was never explicitly stated. You cannot passively watch this movie and expect to be entertained, instead it is an active watching where you are forced to search for details and make sense of this creepy film. My only critique is that the ending was a little fast, after such a build up I expected a little more but it didn’t leave me unsatisfied. The witch is possibly the best aspect to this movie alongside the cinematography and set. If you want to be scared I do not recommend this movie but if you want a movie to ponder over for the next few days I think it is a pick. Also anyone who claims that you are beaten over the head with feminist ideals is wrong, the idea of a powerful female character is feminist in itself and the witch’s viewpoints on men and children definitely align with what an actual witch would think.
I loved it for all the reasons that others seem critical of it. It is Moody. It is stylish. It's quirky. It has the slow creepiness of a bad dream where something is wrong and dangerous but you're not sure what is will be. And the source of so much of this is a woman who sought Independence and Empowerment - at any price- and sees a young woman come along who has that same "action in her bones" if she's willing to make the ultimate sacrifice for it. There's no mention of God or Satan, none of the usual fake Gregorian chants or other tired props. No one sells their souls except in the same way you see in modern politics A woman saw a chance for Empowerment and she took it. Some people may find that frightening in itself.
The movie had an interesting spin on the classic fairy tale, but it failed to deliver an entertaining story. The moments where it felt like the story would take off and do something new and different just kind of fall short and fizzle out. The movie was oddly paced and dragged on more than it should have. Just movies redeeming quality is that when it does actually try to give the viewer a creepy atmosphere it's extremely effective. The acting is a bit lackluster. The story itself takes unnecessary twists and turns to try and reveal more of what has happened in this world. After about the first or second time rental has a dream sequence the audience can pretty much figure what's going on. I feel like the movie would have benefited from taking what it wanted to add to the story and doing more with it.
Possibly the worst movie I have ever laid my eyes on. This should not be considered a horror movie first of all because it wasn’t even scary. Second of all I don’t know how it’s possible for the producers to think this was going to make money in theaters. The cinematography was the worst I have ever seen, the camera man must have been drunk because he could not stay still while filming and the POV camera was a terrible angle. Also the story line was awful, it was very uneventful and no where near the actual story of Hansel and Gretel.
I don’t need you to try and justify this movie with big words and fancy artsy terms. It’s just a bad film. Yes some shots are done very well and match the dark and bleak tone of the movie. But that’s the only good thing in this film. The story drags at a pace at which a snail would lap it. They beat you over the head with feminism, how men hold women back, and how children are a burden. That’s it. They took an old tail and politicized it. I’m not against female empowerment, I have three daughters, but It is exploitative to poorly adapt a timeless classic to meet your own agenda. All could’ve even been forgiven if the movie was at least decent. Well, it isn’t. Much like Midsommar, you wonder where the last hour and so of your life have disappeared to. Not even a thriller or a horror film and more closer to a lifetime movie drama.
This movie wasn't some shallow horror movie. It was filled with hidden powerful symbolism. If you are looking for something to make sure scared, this will do it, but it won't be the kind of scare you can shake when you leave the theatre. The exchange of one's soul and freedom in exchange for comfort, overabundance without labor, power from consuming and using others, and entrapment & enslavement all explored here. This movie is a masterpiece if you know what you are looking at.
Movie is a total disaster. It was an unbelievably boring plot with, as I stated, little internal conflict within any character. The cinematography was simple but well done. Would have been much better if Gretel had at least an ounce of internal conflict between choosing to be a good or bad witch. Art direction was great, but movie is baseless and lacks a strong storyline.
It depends on individual to find this film to suit. I didn't expect too much out of Gretel & Hansel due to mix reviews but strangely, I didn't dosed off like I did compared to so many bigger movies, particularly Transformers. And the acting is quite superb given to it's own class and category. Please don't expect Oscar's performance, this one has it's own distinctive class though I don't know how to put it. Maybe mesmerizing as how other puts it.
I found so much beauty in the darkness of this film. The art direction is spot on. The storyline could use more whimsy and innocence to offset the harsh psychopathic undertones. A few lighter moments would have better expressed the dualities that bring the symbolism of this fairytale home.
I actually really liked this movie. The acting was amazing, the cinematography was top for a movie with such a small budget. The only thing that bothered me was the ending, I felt like the movie could be so much more if the ending was written better. It would've been nice if there was an actual scene in the shed and I would've liked more "voodoo, scary" scenes.
This movie is more of a fantasy movie and has an intense hypnotic vibe that makes it very unique. Absent of the typical vacant teenagers making dumb and deservedly deadly choices, the characters are fabulous all around. The music and cinematography is first rate. It has a "trippy" feel about and it's weaving tale is subtle enough that you might miss out on how the character of Gretel winds up who she is. It's an ultimate tale of good and evil and good wins in the end. Sam Leakey, who plays Hansel did an extraordinary job as does Alice Krige (the witch) and Sophia Lillis (Gretel). It's neither shocking nor gory but truly mesmerizing.
Gretel & Hansel would be paced a bit slower than a traditional horror film. Those not familiar with Perkins' work or expecting a more thrilling ride likely may have immediately compared the film to something like The Witch, and rightfully so. While Gretel & Hansel exudes more style, even A24's gem from 2015 delivered better with its pacing, especially toward the end.With a story so familiar, one may be surprised to find themselves at the end of Gretel & Hansel so quickly, and not because of its short runtime. Despite its glacial pace, the climax of the film covers the span of what feels like 45 seconds and hardly feels like a payoff, given the long build-up.
There was this part when the witch is young and pretty, and then she dumps out body parts and eyes and inside body parts and turns it into the food the kids have been eating! It was the most disturbing movie ever u should watch it!Okay this movie was great. I had no idea it was an art film. After the opening I was all in. It became a little meandering in the beginning of the second half, but what a world
This movie disappointed me. I thought this was a take on the old Hansel and Gretel movie but this is total disaster. Movie is more creepier than it looks by its poster. Direction and story of this movie made a total disaster. I understand that happy endings aren't always going to happen but the ending can at least be solved because there is no way in the heavenly earth i'd go see a second making of this film.
This is an absolutely stunning film. Those who say it was horrible are people who want to be spoon fed the plot and don't have the ability to piece the story together. The cinematography was great and there was just enough special effects to make it tasteful and not cheap. I love how this was a coming of age movie that seems to tie in a certain aspect of feminism. If you're a fan of midsommar and hereditary, this film is definitely for you.
Late night I watched this film and its fantastic. Loved every second of this film. Visually striking, moody and atmospheric with some wonderful creepy moments.I have no clue why its getting so many negative reviews - makes no sense. Finally i would recommend it and say it's a great movie to watch.
I enjoyed this movie for the sheer eerie feel overall. Actress Alice (Thor, Silent Hill) was amazing as the witch. It was a bit slow and there were a few parts of the story not developed i.e. the zombie but overall a great version of the Grimm fairy tale. The visuals are well done, the geometric shapes house is the perfect touch. 'Gretel &Hansel' has its gruesome moments and is worth a watch for the arthouse sensibilities and classics Gothic friction.
I thought this would be an interesting take on the traditional storyline on Hansel and Gretel but I left this movie incredibly disappointed. I wont dive into spoilers but theres too many plotholes and too many unanswered questions. I.e. one of the first encounters with danger the kids came across alone. Then the ending was just...it was left open and left me wanting a more solid ending. I understand that happy endings arent always going to happen but the ending can at least be solved because there is no way in the heavenly earth id go see a second making of this film. No way. But in regard to the overall look of the film, it was nice and pleasant. There were some awkward shots but it gave me an indie film kind of vibe which I liked. The plot couldve used more work.
The director of "The Blackcoat's Daughter" and "I Am the Pretty Thing That Lives in the House," Oz Perkins is certainly a fan of scary movies. He's not one to embrace shock value for cheap jolts, I I applaud him for that. Wisely embracing a sinister creep of malevolent forces as they attempt to corrupt the seemingly pure. "Gretel & Hansel is a proper fit for Oz Perkins, presenting him with a disturbing tale of caution. I very much enjoyed the arthouse sensibilities , clever cinematography Oz Perkins adds to his horror films. And 'Gretel & Hansel' has his stamp throughout the film. Albeit Sophia Lillis really needed to speak with a foreign accent to match the other lead characters ; the lack of one took me out of the intended period setting. The film was saved by South African actress Alice Krige, she was excellent. Perkins bathing in his mood, of tight aspect ratio, and love of Alice Krige, who's handed every opportunity to act her heart out as the wrinkled, black-fingered antagonist. "Gretel & Hansel" has its gruesome moments and is worth a watch for the arthouse sensibilities & classic Gothic fiction.
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