Monday, January 8, 2018

New on Blu-ray and DVD for January 9, 2018 "It" and "The Foreigner"

Starring: Bill Skarsgard and Finn Wolfhard
Rated R
In the film, based on the Steven King novel, seven kids are united by their terrifying and strange encounters with an evil clown and the history of brutal murders plaguing their small town.

I have been anxiously awaiting the arrival of this new cinematic version of Steven King's “It” with real anticipation. I am a fan of King's writing and I do know that King does not translate well to the big screen. In fact, I will go out on a limb and say the best adaptation of a King novel to film is “The Shawshank Redemption.”

That being said, the latest adaptation of Steven King's “It” is not a scary film as much at it just creepy. The main antagonist, 'Pennywise the Clown,' isn't foreboding enough and although the film offers up some moments that will make you jump, it isn't enough.

Add that to the identity crisis “It” suffers from, as the film seems to not know if its a scary film, a comedy, a coming-of-age story or a kid's adventure movie, and you have a bit of a diluted mess.

“It” just doesn't have 'IT.'

It gets a C and is rated R.

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The Foreigner
Starring: Jackie Chan and Pierce Brosnan
Rated R 

A humble businessman with a buried past seeks justice when his daughter is killed in an act of terrorism. A cat-and-mouse conflict ensues with a government official, whose past may hold clues to the killers' identities.

“The Foreigner” is a well-paced action thriller with Jackie Chan using his martial art skills in a dramatic way than he has in the past. Most of Chan's fighting in past films were for comedic effect, in “The Foreigner,” Chan manages to meet the challenge of mixing martial arts with dramatic effect.

Pierce Brosnan turns in an intensely focused performance as a government official who is trying to keep the status-quo between governments.

“The Foreigner” is well worth your time to see. 

It gets a B and is rated R.

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