Feb 26, 2020

Gretel & Hansel (Osgood Perkins, 2020)

☼☼☼☼☼☼☼☼ out of 10☼

Third time's definitely a charm for Osgood Perkins who ably reimagines the famous Grimm brothers' fairy tale as a metaphor for Gretel's becoming of a woman (hence the title inversion), and offers an apologia of sorts for the witches, humanizing them to a certain degree. Simultaneously, he uses a deliberately measured pace, expressive lighting and oft-symmetrically framed shots to create a sinister mood piece, and decidedly lends it a modern edge or rather, the feeling of otherworldliness with the help of the haunting electronic score and bold, 'anachronistic' set design. From his core cast, he draws well-rounded performances, pulling focus on the dynamics between the endearing Sophia Lillis as Gretel, and Alice Crige who delivers a memorable portrayal of the creepy and, in a way, tragic anti-heroine Holda.

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