Circe by Madeline Miller (♦♦♦♦)

Granddaughter of Oceanus, daughter of Titan Helios and sea nymph Perseid, Circe was different from the start. While her siblings discovered their unique gifts very early on and gained their independence—either by claiming their inheritance, like Perses and Aëstes, or by marriage to a wealthy demigod, like Pasiphäe—, Circe remained among her family in the halls of the gods. Her love for young fisherman Glaucus changed everything. Circe used a potion to transform Glaucus into a worthy suitor. Glaucus, seeing his station changed, fell in love with one Circe’s cousins, a sea nymph named Scylla. Out of jealousy, Circe put a potion on Scylla’s bath and, unintendedly, transformed her into a monster. Circe’s confession forced Helios to go to see Zeus, for witchcraft is something that gods fear can tip the balance of power. Zeus declared an eternal banishment for Circe from the halls of the gods to the island of Aiaia.

Exile was not easy but, as Circe learned, it had its advantages; being away f…

Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters (♦♦)

Hansel and Gretel are siblings who are abandoned by their father in the forest in the middle of the night. They encounter a house made of sweets inhabited by a witch who imprisons them with the purpose of eating them. Hansel and Gretel craftily kill the witch, escape and become witch hunters. Many years later already grown up, Hansel (Jeremy Renner) and Gretel (Gemma Arterton) learn the truth behind their parents’ abandonment and must fight powerful witches intend on spreading evil.

Several times during this movie I felt compelled to leave. By God, I want my money and my time back; if not my money at least my time. This movie starts cartoon-like to relate Hansel and Gretel’s journey to adulthood while fulfilling their destinies as with hunters, the truth is…The story is finished before it even starts because after they kill many witches what is left if not killing more witches? Witch hunters throwing grenades and armed with muskets and machine guns, an ogre who looks like King Kong and martial-arts fighting witches…Can anything be more ridiculous?

I’m beginning to think that Jeremy Renner should take a break from acting and consider more serious and demanding roles, at least those worthy of his talent and acting skills. His talent went to waste in The Bourne Legacy and certainly in Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters as well. If he keeps making these movies who is going to remember his better ones?

From what I gathered at the end of the movie it’s possible a sequel may be under consideration. I hope not because the first one was already bad enough.