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GRETEL AND HANSEL DOES NOT DISAPPOINT
You know the famous story. I’m sure you heard it when you were a small child and perhaps your parents would read it to you right before bed or maybe you heard it in school at story time from one f your teachers. Either way, it is a famous story that is timeless.
This film is not like your common children’s fairytale. It is very dark with a bit of a goth like undertone. The wonderful thing about it is that it works wonderfully for this film. Director Oz Perkins does a great job of setting the atmosphere with an eerie and Tim Burton like feel. There is also the important aspect of the lead character being a female which is wonderful, especially in films based of fairy tales where the male character is the first in the title.
Gretel, a young teenage girl refuses to work as a housekeeper for a creepy old man. Therefore, her and her younger brother Hansel are thrown out by their mother during a horrible plague that has stricken the countryside. Into the dark and spooky woods, they are thrown, as they are on a journey to get to a convent in which they do not want to be part of. They come upon the home of the witch, just as their hunger has gotten the better part of them. The witch cooks up wonderful treats, leaving a feast in front of them every day. Something is off here though.
Sophia Lillis is wonderful as Gretel. People will remember her as Beverly from IT. Alice Krige does a great job as the witch. Underrated film by far.
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