Gretel & Hansel(Review)[Terrifying Theatrical Tuesday]
This was a pretty creepy yet slow burn loose adaptation of the fairy tale. If you are familiar with the original fairy tale, then you already know what to expect. It follows the same plot but it does expand on some things. In the movie version, Gretel and Hansel flee from their insane mother, and hungry and eager for shelter, stumble upon a kind old woman who offers them food and shelter. But she is secretly a witch who had sinister plans in store for the both of them.
The main theme of the movie famously adopted by Gretel is how nothing is given without something being taken away. But when it comes to the witch, she stupidly does not abide by that for some reason. One difference here from the fairy tale is that Gretel has witch powers as well. The witch sees this and teaches her how to hone her abilities. Being that she was taught how to exclude all human attachment due to her pursuit of power, she tries to convince Gretel that she must rid herself of Hansel as he's just standing in her way. Of course she isn't so willing to just give up on her brother like that.
We do get some familiar elements from the fairy tale, such as eating of children, the witch fattening Hansel and Gretel up, and of course, the ultimate end of the witch. I'm sure it won't be spoilers to those who know the children trick the witch into burning herself in the oven, but the way the movie does it is pretty unique. What's also unique and pretty stomach churning is when Gretel discovers exactly the source of all the yummy food they been provided. The movie ends with Gretel inheriting the full powers of the witch, but deciding to use them for the better good. So yeah, no trail of breadcrumbs to follow back home here.
If you are a fan of the breakout horror film The VVitch, then you will find much to enjoy about this movie. Not much happens on the surface, but there is definitely a lot happening beneath which you will have to pay attention to. Alice Krige does well as the elderly witch, and the girl who played Beverly in IT Chapter One has a great performance here as Gretel.
Definitely worth checking out to get a similar but different interpretation of the original fairy tale. It is currently streaming on Hulu if you are curious enough. If you already seen Gretel & Hansel, feel free to leave your thoughts below!!
Till next time, stay safe and stay scared!! -Tha Thrilla-