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…

Pan’s Labyrinth (El Laberinto del Fauno), Mexican/Spanish (♦♦♦♦♦)

Princess Moana, the daughter of the King of the underworld, escaped from her kingdom to the realms of the humans and died there. Her father has awaited her return ever since, reincarnated in another human body…

Spain, 1944. The Spanish Civil War has concluded, but small groups of resistance fighters still remain hidden in the forests, aided by fellow countrymen. Young Ofelia (Ivana Baquero) moves with her mother to the countryside to live with her newly minted stepfather, who is no other than Captain Vidal (Sergi Lopez), a man without scruples. Ofelia dreads the place, but finds solace on fairy tales that start coming alive. A fairy guides Ofelia to Pan’s labyrinth, where the faun gives her a book that contains instructions to three trials that she is supposed to pass to prove that she is princess Moana reincarnated.

Fantasy and gruesome reality entwine during the course of this movie. The Spanish soldiers torture resistance fighters, there is euthanasia practiced by a doctor, Ofelia’s mother dies on childbirth. Ofelia, who has been abandoned by the faun for not obeying his instructions, is given one last chance to prove her worth: she must bring her newborn brother to the faun to offer him as sacrifice. Will she do what she was asked? What will Captain Vidal do?

Don’t miss this movie. It is a roller coaster of emotions!