Tag Archive: Fairy tales

hansel and gretelStarring: Jeremy Renner, Gemma Arterton, Famke Janssen, Peter Stormare & Derek Mears
Written and directed by Tommy Wirkola

Fairy tale siblings Hansel and Gretel grow up to hunt witches.

This tooth-rotting house
is made of stale candy corn,
sh!tty dialogue.

Grade: D

By Daniel J. Hoag
Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters is available now on Blu-ray and DVD.

Starring: Antonio Banderas, Salma Hayek, Zach Galifianakis, Billy Bob Thornton & Amy Sedaris
Screenplay by Tom Wheeler
Directed by Chris Miller

Swashbuckling outlaw Puss in Boots, fellow feline renegade Kitty Softpaws, and old friend Humpty Dumpty are pitted against the nefarious Jack and Jill, who are in possession of some valuable magic beans.

This furry Puss fares
better without that stupid
green ogre around.

Grade: B-

By Daniel J. Hoag
Puss in Boots is available on Blu-ray and DVD on 2/24/11.

Haiku Review: Hanna (2011)

Starring: Saoirse Ronan, Eric Bana, Olivia Williams & Cate Blanchett
Screenplay by Seth Lochhead and David Farr
Directed by Joe Wright

A teenage girl, raised by her father to be the perfect assassin, comes out of hiding to seek revenge on the ruthless operative who murdered her mother when she was just a child.

Hip, Euro-style thrills
(Deadly) fish out of water
Modern Grimm fable

Grade: B+

By Daniel J. Hoag
Hanna is now playing in theaters nationwide.

Starring: Mandy Moore, Zachary Levi, Ron Perlman, Jeffrey Tambor & Brad Garrett
Screenplay by Dan Fogelman
Directed by Byron Howard and Nathan Greno

A dashing thief meets a princess with magical hair in Disney’s reimagining of the story of Rapunzel.

Above average
for a non-Pixar Disney
(So princess-dependent)

Grade: B+

By Daniel J. Hoag
Tangled is available on Blu-ray and DVD today.
It was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Song, 2010.