Pawesome Review

Sheridan Cruz

Movie Review: 

Gretel & Hansel

On our 3-day weekend, I went with my friends to see the movie Gretel and Hansel. It is a new horror movie that was released January 31st, 2019. It’s based off of the story of Hansel and Gretel, but with a small twist. Please do not continue reading if you do not want the movie to be spoiled for you, but if you have watched it, or do not really care, then you can continue. This review is all just my opinion, so please don’t take it to heart.

The movie is pretty much the same as the story, except for some minor changes. Gretel is much older than Hansel. When they meet the witch, Hansel eats a lot, and Gretel doesn’t, but the witch teaches Gretel that she has powers. Gretel later uses these powers to save Hansel and kill the witch. The ending of the movie, however, sort of drifted off the track, it made no sense. Gretel sent Hansel back to the poverty filled village which they came from, and was telling him to live his own story, but he’s only around six or seven years old. Gretel plans on using her powers for good, but her fingers turn black, indicating she is a witch. Was she replacing the witch that she had killed? Or was she destined to be a good witch? She knew she could become more powerful by eating children, but was she willing to overlook that desire in order to be good, or was she going to give in? Was she going to stay at or leave the witch’s house? 

They also tried to make the movie a little funny too. In one scene, the witch accidentally knocks over a mug. She then turns to Gretel, and says, “Well, another one bites the dust!” My friends and I just died laughing. Also, Gretel and her little brother Hansel have a thing where if Hansel is upset, Gretel would grab his face and snort like a pig. It is kind of weird, but they only have each other because their mom kicked them out of the house, and their dad is dead.

I did enjoy watching the movie. It had a good story and was actually pretty creepy. Don’t take my rating to heart, but I didn’t think it was very scary. In the trailer, the movie looked better than watching the actual thing. The trailer pretty much shows every jumpscare in the movie, which was maybe four or five. The reason it wasn’t scary was because it didn’t really make sense almost halfway through, but you might be able to decipher it more than I could. While we were in the theater, four people left halfway through the movie, and went to another one, and I don’t think it was because of how scary it was. 

I don’t want you to take this review to heart because this is just my opinion, and you might actually enjoy this movie! It is only rated PG-13, and it does have a good story to it. I just didn’t understand the last 30 minutes or so, and it was creepy, but not very scary. I give it 4 out of 5 paws.