Gemma Arterton and Jeremy Renner's latest flick has been mauled by critics.
We're going to stick out our necks and suggest Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters isn't going to be far from the Razzies nominations once 2013 is done and dusted. The comedy-horror featuring an impressive cast including Jeremy Renner, Gemma Arterton and Peter Stomare, follows a pair of vigilantes hell-bent on retribution. It's a horrific looking thing and is struggling to elicit even one positive comment from any critic, anywhere.
"It's a film which is so demeaningly bad, so utterly without merit, that there is a kind of purity in its awfulness," said The Guardian's Peter Bradshaw, sort of summing everything up for anyone still debating whether or not to see the movie. CNN stuck the knife in further, "If this long-delayed and blatantly pandering CGI malarkey is anything to go by, Hollywood's current craze for fairy tales isn't going to have a happy ending," wrote critic Tom Charity, who was in no mood to do a good deed. You don't need us to tell you why the very best comedy-horrors work, though it's certainly not by searching for easy laughs - something Hansel & Gretel consciously does, "It takes a fairy tale and plays it for laughs, without being remotely funny," wrote David Gritten of the Daily Telegraph.
Why on earth Gemma Arterton thought the movie was a decent idea is beyond us. Why the decorated actor Jeremy Renner agreed to take it on is another thing entirely.
Should anyone in the UK still want to see it - it's in cinemas everywhere from today (February 28, 2013).
Watch the Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters trailer: