I adore Once Upon A Time and have no objection to these famous tales being reworked, even satirized. In fact, my last completed project (which was rejected by a publisher today, Ireallydon’twanttotalkaboutitnow) is a sequel to a fairy tale, and my take on the original tale is pretty irreverent.
But, oh my, oh my. This trailer for Hansel And Gretel: Witch Hunters looks awful.
As I said in my blog post about upcoming movies I’m excited to see, trailers can be deceptive. They can make a bad movie look better than it actually is, and there are cases when a poorly made trailer sinks a good movie. At least, that’s what fans of John Carter claim–I haven’t seen it yet, so can’t say one way or the other.
I like Jeremy Renner a lot and up to now he’s made some savvy decisions about picking mainstream movie roles. Maybe this looked better on paper.
It seems to me this is an attempt to make a fairy tale movie that appeals to a male audience, but I can’t help thinking about what happened when they tried to meld history with vampires (Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter). The movie flopped. Sometimes this kind of genre-bending just doesn’t work.
It can take just one really bad movie or TV show to sink a whole genre, at least for a significant period of time. Hopefully, this isn’t as bad as it seems.