Snitch is better than expected–not that my bar was that high!

I love Dwayne Johnson!  He has presence, charisma and a million-watt smile.  Born to be an action movie star, for sure!   And yet, his “family friendly”  choices have left most of us dreading some of his films–but when action is mixed in, it usually turns out fun–most of the time.  With Snitch, Johnson throws us a curve ball–a drama, with very little action, and it works.

The trailer is a bit deceiving–and necessarily so–fans of The Rock demand action!  Well, they will get a little–but definitely not enough to make sure there would be repeated viewings.  Yet, I liked it.  Maybe because I want Johnson to do well.   😀

This story is based on true events and is interesting, although a bit too after school special in areas.  Writer/Director  Ric Roman Waugh does a decent job with the material–but it is pretty standard and at times, he appears to be in over his head (especially with tense and action scenes).

What saves the film from disposable trash, are the performances–Johnson holds his own (I hope he gets more dramatic opportunities) and is able to make you believe that he is a normal, average dude–that can in no way snap your neck with one hand.   😀  Side note:  I think that is going to be his biggest obstacle–playing the everyday man–what works well for him are the Rundown (which I love!) sort of characters–NOT the everyday man, but everyday man desires and behaviors.  Otherwise we will always snicker a bit–especially when he could easily kick all sorts of ass!  Can you smell what the Rock is cooking?? LOL!

Yet it is the supporting cast that shines here.  Barry Pepper–where have you been?  I’ve missed you.  Jon Bernthal is perfectly cast (SHANE!! Shout out).  Michael K. Williams is a badass, per usual (OMAR!! Shout out).  Susan Sarandon is great and Benjamin Bratt even shows up.  Yeah…they keep you invested throughout.  I believe with a lesser cast this could have failed.

So, thankfully–in part to good casting and a solid premise–Snitch turns out to be decent entertainment.  Gives me hope for Mr. Rock–keep it up.  (But, who am I kidding?  I would go see him no matter what.  😀  Except for Tooth Fairy..I DID NOT see that–and never will. -_-)

 

SNITCH – Trailer – YouTube

 

 

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Jeff, Who Lives at Home reminds us to look for signs! Awesome.

I think I am in love with the Duplass brothers, Jay and Mark. This is their second movie that has charmed me so completely.  I loved Cyrus and now Jeff, Who Lives at Home joins the love-fest. Is it geeky to say I am ecstatic that I have years of films to look forward to from these guys? As writers and directors I can’t wait to see what other sorts of loveliness they have waiting for me!

It helps that Jason Segel, Ed Helms, Judy Greer and Susan Sarandon are all excellent and perfectly suited for their roles. I have a crush on Mr.Segel–he is cool, funny and warm in all his roles. (Plus, I will always have a place in my heart for him bringing back The Muppets.) He is great as Jeff, the seemingly loser 30-year-old that still lives in his mom’s basement.  He is a mixture of innocent and sad yet has surprising depth and maturity. Helms go against type here by playing the not so likable brother, Pat, and it is refreshing to see him outside of his box.  Greer is an underrated actress–usually playing the sidekick–but she gets a chance to shine here and it’s great.  And Sarandon is always lovely to watch and I think this role is tailored for her. All perfect.

I also have to give a nod to the soundtrack too–it is memorable and the score composed by Michael Andrews is beautiful. I did not realize this is not Andrews’ first good score–I will remember his name now.

What really makes this film is the narrative. Seemingly simple, straightforward and predictable it draws you in. You are caught up in these series of events and find yourself laughing and then crying (sometimes without even realizing). There are some truly magical moments.  Moments that I found my chest tighten and my heart swell. Sounds so cheesy and cliché, but it is the truth.  And isn’t life that way? There a moments that take your breath away. There are times that are magical.  This story reflects that. It reminds us that we can find those moments in everyday situations, if we are not afraid to see the signs.

Thanks Brothers Duplass!  I look forward to what you plan to show me next.  (Actually, it’s The Do-Deca-Pentathlon–can’t wait!)