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…

It’s Kind of a Funny Story (♦♦♦♦)

Sixteen year-old Craig is feeling depressed and overwhelmed by his daily routines and decides to seek mental health help at the nearby hospital. He argues a good case with an attending physician and gets admitted to the psych ward for a minimum of five days. However, soon after entering the ward, he realizes there are people there with more serious mental issues. In a span of four days, Craig makes friends, inspires fellow patients, creates works of art, and finally realizes that his life goals up to that point are society induced and not something he wants to do.

I didn’t know what to expect from this movie, but I laughed out loud a lot. Despite making light of mental problems, it gives the audience some perspective; sometimes we are immersed in issues that we consider are bigger than anything and are more than we can handle, yet there are people with problems that are difficult to overcome.

I enjoyed all the performances in this movie, but particularly Keir Gilchrist as Craig, Emma Roberts as Noelle, and Zach Galifianakis as Bobbie.