Hansel and Gretel

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États-Unis, 1983, 45 min


Tim Burton


Jacob Grimm (livre), Wilhelm Grimm (livre)
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If taking candy from strangers is a bad idea, then eating candy houses is a definite no-no! In this re-telling of the tale by the Brothers Grimm, Hansel (NYPD Blue's Rick Schroder) and his sister Gretel are abandoned in the woods by their wicked stepmother (Dynasty's Joan Collins) and poor woodcutter father. Getting hungrier by the minute after they discover the birds have eaten their trail of breadcrumbs, the gingerbread house they see in the distance seems like the answer to their prayer. It is, until they meet the owner - a witch whose favorite meal happens to be little boys and girls. After she fattens them up, that is. Will they be able to outsmart (and roast) her themselves? (texte officiel du distributeur)


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anglais Saying about this film that it is just weird would be about as apt as saying about a mass murderer that he has particular views. Tim Burton has once again gone for broke and made a stylized fairytale about Hansel and Gretel with Asian actors, a witch who looks like Ozzy Osbourne's sister, a charmingly cheesy atmosphere and some truly horrific moments that must have given many a child some very disturbing dreams. Yes, I'm referring primarily to the beds with claws and also to the maniacal gingerbread man who insists that he must be eaten. ()


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anglais We are used to many things from Tim Burton, and it is reasonable to spare adjectives like crazy, insane, or bizarre. But even within Burton's work, this variation on Hansel and Gretel stands out with its mischievous madness, high degree of stylization, and obvious playfulness. Japanese actors enthusiastically acted in the German fairytale, the male actors intentionally exaggerated their female roles, and the children clearly had a great time without being burdened much with acting. Nevertheless, it doesn't matter at all for such a crazy affair. The sets are minimalist, and the film immediately shows that Burton doesn't want to scare at all this time, but rather mock a classic fairytale. However, in essence, Burton remains faithful to the classics, fortunately. This time, Baba Yaga won't be helped by her ninja skills and, as usual, she ends up in the oven. This is early Tim Burton, at a time when he couldn't afford high-budget spectacles and replaced money with ideas... Overall impression: 70%. ()