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…

Léon: The Professional (♦♦♦)

Leon (Jean Reno) is a professional hitman, who lives next door to twelve year-old Mathilda (Natalie Portman) and her dysfunctional family. When a rogue D.E.A. officer (Gary Oldman) executes Mathilda’s family over drugs, she has no one to turn to but Leon. Thus, Leon unwillingly takes care of Mathilda and trains her to become a “cleaner” as he is, for she is intent on seeking justice for her dead little brother.

There are great performances by Jean Reno and Nathalie Portman in her debut role, but I think the movie lacks something. I can’t quite put my finger on it, but maybe is emotions. Leon seems credible as a hitman but not as caring father.