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 Fighter (♦♦♦♦)

Mickey Ward (Mark Wahlberg) is a boxer who is running out of time to make a name for himself due to his age. His mother (Melissa Leo) is his manager, and his half brother Dicky (Christian Bale) is his trainer, but Dicky is fighting a drug addiction and he is always late for engagements. When escaping from the police for fraud and for impersonating an officer, Dicky resists arrests and is sent to jail, which turns out to be Mickey’s blessing because for the first time in his boxing career he has a chance to be the fighter he wants to be, without the interference of his mother and family.

I did not like the “old” feel of the movie: it is somewhat dark, almost hazy as a film ten or twenty years older. I did like that the first part of the movie focused on the family dynamics; I got to know who was who and how that person fit in the story. The second part of the movie was about the development of Mickey as a boxer, once he started winning fights until his ultimate fight where he became the welterweight champion of the world.

Mark Wahlberg’s performance is good, but not too different from others he has done. The most notable performances in the film are those of the supporting characters interpreted by Amy Adams as Charlene, Mickey’s girlfriend, Melissa Leo as Mickey and Dicky’s mother, and especially Christian Bale’s who truly shines both as a drug addict and as a trouble maker wishing for a comeback. The boxing scenes are not only credible but exciting as well.

A good movie but not unforgettable.