Movie Review: ‘Gretel & Hansel’

February 5, 2020 at 9:09 am | Posted in Movies, Reviews | Leave a comment

Gretel & Hansel is based on the old fairy tale Hansel & Gretel. They flipped the name for the film as it’s a bit different. This story focuses on Gretel. With creepy imagery, music and characters, the film does an excellent job of spinning a tale about a witch and being wary of gifts.

At the heart of the story is Gretel. Played by Sophia Lillis, she does a great job of investing you in the characters and the setting. In this telling of the story, Gretel is the older sister who is taking care of Hansel. They are forced on a journey through the woods, in which they inevitably run into the witch. But there is no gingerbread house in this story. It’s a bit more realistic and definitely more creepy. Throw in some great music, and it really immerses you into the story.

That said, there’s a lot to be credited with the imagery of the film. Right in the beginning, there’s some very sinister and unsettling characters and scenes. For instance, there’s a witch but she’s not wearing your typical witch hat. It’s actually more of a western style flat brimmed hat. Her face is completely obscured by a black mask. Her fingers look elongated with claw like fingernails. And to complete the scene, she’s perched underneath a triangle, which becomes a recurring symbol. The culmination of all those details create a truly unique and wild looking scene, and yet it’s a brief, almost throwaway scene. That attention to detail is throughout the movie. The imagery keeps you on guard as you expect something bad to happen. It’s not so much that it’s scary, but it’s foreboding.

If you’re looking for something creepy, you like witches, and you want a film that’s well done, keep Gretel & Hansel in mind. It’s not a feel good movie, or anything revolutionary, but it’s beautifully crafted with unsettling elements and a nice character story. I give it a four out of five metal bikinis.

Reviewed By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.

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