Snapshots - #37: It, Breathe, Mark Felt – The Man Who Brought Down the White House

It (2017), (♦♦♦♦): Four inseparable friends in middle school bond with other three newcomers. They all have in common that they are bullied by the same people. Over the course of one summer they'll fend off bullies and face a centuries-old demon in the form of a clown, named Pennywise, whom has been disappearing kids and terrorizing the town of Derry, Maine, every twenty-seven years since the town was founded.
Based on Stephen King's novel of the same title, It is a movie with a smart script and a sympathetic ensemble of nerds that deliver light humor, and deep thrills. It doesn't hurt that each and every character has his or her own arc, thus one gets to know their motivations and fears before Pennywise enters head on into the picture.
In a nod to 1980s movie classics such as The Goonies, and the Brat Pack ensemble, the newest adaptation of It takes place at the end of that decade, when it seems, at least from the Hollywood perspective, that every kid harbored a genius insi…

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.