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Gretel & Hansel's rich visuals satisfy, even if this adaptation of a classic fairytale gets a little lost in the woods on the storytelling front. Read critic reviews

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When their mother descends into madness, siblings Gretel and Hansel must fend for themselves in the dark and unforgiving woods. Hungry and scared, they fortuitously stumble upon a bounty of food left outside an isolated home. Invited inside by the seemingly friendly owner, the children soon suspect that her generous but mysterious behavior is part of a sinister plan to do them harm.

Cast & Crew

Abdul Alshareef
Knight
Manuel Pombo
Knight
Beatrix Perkins
Clicky
Rob Hayes
Screenwriter
Macdara Kelleher
Executive Producer
Sandra Yee Ling
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Galo Olivares
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Josh Ethier
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Rob
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Jeremy Reed
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  • Oct 23, 2020
    The Grimm Brothers' fairy tale is reimagined in the atmospheric horror film Gretel & Hansel. After being thrown out of their home Gretel and her younger brother Hansel head into the forest and come upon an old woman who takes them in, but Gretel soon grows suspicious of the woman and her intentions toward her. As the title suggests this is feminist reinterpretation of the Grimm tale that explores issues of objectification of women, female empowerment, and identity. So much so that there's very little room for story. Yet Sophia Lillis and Alice Krige do their best and play well off of each other. And the film has an interesting aesthetic that helps to create a dark, mystical tone. However, despite its artistry, Gretel & Hansel is dull and monotonous.
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  • Jul 24, 2020
    The screenplay is a bit thin but Perkins adds so much visual complexity that it almost completely negates the somewhat pedestrian plot.
    Alec B Super Reviewer
  • May 16, 2020
    I feel bad for select audiences that went into Gretel & Hansel expecting a cheap thriller because what they really get is an atmospheric art movie that, even at a mere 80 minutes, moves at a very placid pace. Director Osgood "Oz" Perkins (The Blackcoat's Daughter) takes the bones of the classic Grimm fairy tale and presents it as a feminist retelling of outcasts coming into their own feminine power and the costs of giving over to that power. The titular siblings are cast out by their mother after Gretel refuses to be a maid for a creepy older man very interested in hr "maidenhood." They stumble upon the dwelling of an older outcast and she supplies plenty of food, but where exactly is it coming from? Gretel experiences strange dreams that portend to a witchy power of her own making, but she's scared about what she may become and what may befall her brother, who the older woman deems Gretel's "poison." The story is a bit strained but the movie is visually luscious to watch. The photography and production design are exceptional and greatly lend the movie a transporting atmosphere that, coupled with its stodgy pacing, creates the sensation of experiencing a waking dream. My favorite moments were the older Witch (Alice Krige, the Borg Queen from Star Trek: First Contact) was coaching Gretel on her inherent power and the sacrifices necessary for her to achieve her potential. She advises "trusting the darkness," which sounds ominous enough. Because of the general familiarity with the fairy tale, the movie gets more leeway to fill its time with fantasy diversions and a slow build of horror revealing the disturbing process of how the feasts of food become prepared. It almost feels like the movie is reaching a breaking point with how lagging that pacing is, but then it generally gets back on track with a new revelation or complication. Gretel & Hansel is an enjoyably moody, stylish, equally beautiful and unsettling movie that's heavy on grim and light on plot. Nate's Grade: B
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