An international trailer for Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters has gone online, and gives us our first look at the movie. The action-fantasy flick stars the eponymous fairy tale characters all grown up (played by Jeremy Renner and Gemma Arterton), and looking to take down witches everywhere. Part of me really wants to give this movie the benefit of the doubt and hope it will be some goofy dumb fun, but the trailer just makes it look dumb minus the fun. The film was supposed to come out this past March, but was delayed to January 2013, and this trailer kind of explains why. The effects look shoddy, the dialogue is cringeworthy, the story sounds rote, and it just seems like it’s trying way too hard to be cool. Yeah, your movie has gatling guns even though it takes place before gatling guns were invented. My mind remains intact.
Hit the jump to check out the trailer. The film also stars Famke Janssen and Peter Stormare. Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters opens in 3D on January 11, 2013.
[Update: The film’s official U.S. trailer is also now online along with a poster, both of which are now included after the jump.]
Here’s the U.S. trailer followed by the international trailer. Click over to Apple to watch in HD.
Here’s the synopsis for Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters.
Catching up with Hansel (Renner) and Gretel (Arterton) 15 years after the traumatic incident involving a gingerbread house, the siblings have evolved into vengeful bounty hunters dedicated to exterminating witches. Over the years, the siblings became expert hunters, famous for their proficiency at tracking and taking down their prey. Although still recovering from their ordeal, their work is relatively easy as for an unknown reason harmful spells and curses do not work well against them.
The Mayor of Augsburg recruits them to rid the town and nearby forests of an evil sorceress (Janssen) who is planning to sacrifice many local children at the witches’ gathering during the upcoming ‘Blood Moon’ night in two days time. To make things worse, the duo also has to deal with the brutal Sheriff Berringer (Stormare) who has taken power in Augsburg and conducts a very indiscriminate witch-hunt of his own.