The title Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters
sounds a lot like another tale about heroes who help keep the supernatural at bay: the television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer
. While in no way a copycat of that show, director Tommy Wirkola may have taken a few hints from Buffy
creator Joss Whedon. Like Buffy
, Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters
has an in-your-face ridiculous title, a steady flow of dryly delivered one-liners, and heroes with the fighting skills of a ninja. Films that leave no doubt that the people behind them are in on the joke are always a gamble: The joke has to be funny, after all, and a silly story is not necessarily good...