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Gretel & Hansel- Movie Review

Ronja - AV August 28, 2020

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Sophia Lillis stars in the newest retelling of the classic story by the Brothers Grimm. Gretel & Hansel follows the story of Gretel as she has to make impossible decisions in order to keep her and Hansel alive after their mother becomes insane and demands that they leave her home. These decisions bring Gretel and Hansel to Holda, who invites the children into her home and gives them food and lodging. This movie loosely fits into the horror genre in which it was placed with its chilling music, but that’s about where it cuts off. This particular story line had the potential to be great, opening strongly by telling the story of the beautiful child with the little pink cap, but as the movie came to an end it left you with too many questions that didn’t have any answers. I can’t be sure if this was an executive decision made by the producers in order to try to set up the story for a sequel. 

Overall I think that the movie was dissatisfying, leaving too many loose strings and it kept you in the dark. Though the acting from Alice Krige (Holda) and Sophia Lillis (Gretel) was very well done, it wasn’t enough to overshadow the holes in the story line.

Overall Rating: C+

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