Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters just isn’t very good at all

Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters just isn't very good at all
Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters just isn't very good at all

Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters does exactly what it says in the snappy title: expands the story of two children held hostage by a crone in a gingerbread house into a full-blooded battle.

The script marries action movie convention with an olde-worlde setting, providing the titular heroes with an arsenal of pithy one-liners as they despatch the enemy.

With the odds stacked against them, Hansel, Gretel and an enthusiastic protege lay their lives on the line to save the children and send witches back to hell. With lashings of gore and potty-mouthed humour, Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters is no slavish retread of the Brothers Grimm.Frenetic action sequences cannot compensate for flimsy plotting and a paucity of character development.