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…

The Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole (♦♦♦♦)

Growing up, Tyton owlets Soren and Kludd used to hear their father’s stories about the Guardians and their fight against the Pure Ones and imagined themselves as great soldiers. During an unsupervised flight practice, Soren and his brother Kludd are kidnapped, together with owls from every corner of the land, by envoys of Metal Beak and Narya. When a desert owlet demands he wants to go back to his family, Soren sides with him and as punishment he gets assigned to forced labor. Kludd, on the other hand, refuses to follow Soren and he is trained as a Pure One.

With the help of a much older and discontent owl, Soren and his friend manage to escape and go in search of the Guardians, who live beyond the sea. On their way, they learn how to fly, find new friends and finally meet the Guardians, among them Lize of Kiel, the bravest one and Soren’s hero. With the help of the Guardians, the owls held in captivity by Metal Beak and Narya are freed and Soren reunites with his family.

This is a sweet family movie, and as usual, good characters have sweet faces and the opposite is true for evil ones. Not all good characters have pretty faces though, some such as Lize of Kiel, have battle scars that have disfigured them, whereas others such as Narya look prettier. Honor, courage, friendship and loyalty are well depicted. I did enjoy this movie very much.