Fairytale? 'Hansel & Gretel' rating goes from PG-13 to R

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  • Sami Jo Taylorsvillw, UT
    Feb. 13, 2013 9:08 p.m.

    I know I'm late in commenting on this story but whether or not you think that "Hollywood" is using a popular story like this fairytale to allure young people to watch violent and sexual films like the witch did with her candy house is not the point here... although you have to admit that the analogy similarities is pretty clever. The point is that the Grimm Brother's original fairytale stories like "Hansel and Gretel" and "Red Riding Hood" or even "Cinderella" were not the Disney versions of the story that were meant for kids. The original stories were very dark, violent, and even sexual... we can thank the German Romantic style of writing for that. And in fact they had to be revised by the brothers several times for being what we would consider rated R even for their time. I agree that it is unfortunate that this film is rated R, but mostly because I would have liked to have seen Hansel and Gretel kick some Witch butt. But you're right I don't see all that gore and violence even if that was how the Grimm Brother's orginally meant for it to be protrayed.

  • John C. C. Payson, UT
    Jan. 26, 2013 5:57 p.m.

    @TimBehrend: I don't have a fixed hatred. I just don't trust them. Sometimes they make beautiful, inspiring movies. Some movies are very entertaining. But many of us know that many Hollywood filmmakers have little conscience when putting out bad movies. I don't like it when they make movies that would entice youth to see inappropriate material. Their agenda is no secret. They just know they can make money by exploitation.

    We need more discretion, knowing that government, reviewers, nor the makers themselves have enough resolve to police the industry.

    I will not review movies by seeing them myself if I judge them from the outside to be suspect. That's the price Hollywood gets for violating their trust.

  • TimBehrend Auckland NZ, 00
    Jan. 25, 2013 4:51 p.m.

    @John Charity Spring: When did you get a chance to see the film? Have you seen the earlier version as well as the later one? Or are you just talking through your hat? The fact that you appear to have a fixed hatred for "Hollywood" and a conspiracy-inflected theory of Hollywood's secret agenda doesn't make up for failing to actually view a film you're reviewing.

  • John Charity Spring Back Home in Davis County, UT
    Jan. 24, 2013 8:33 p.m.

    This movie is a deliberate and open attempt by Hollywood to hook teens and pre-teens on violence and unrestrained sexuality. Using a well known and popular fairy tale guarantees that youg children will want to see the film. Parents who have not investigated the movie's content will naively take their children to be exposed to this filth. Hollywood knows if they can get children addicted to violence and pornography at a young age, those children will funnel billions of dollars to Hollywood to feed their addiction.