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 Town (♦♦♦♦)

Doug MacRay (Ben Affleck) is the mastermind of his small crew of bank and truck robbers in Boston’s neighborhood of Charlestown. During a bank holdup, Jim Coughlin (Jeremy Renner), Doug’s best friend, decides to take the bank manager as a hostage, to free her later when it appears that police are not following them. Jim takes away her driver’s license, later to discover that they live in the same neighborhood; so Jim decides to take the matter in his own hands before it becomes an issue, but Doug intervenes.

Doug approaches Claire (Rebecca Hall), the bank manager, and starts a casual friendship that eventually becomes a relationship; but when he falls in love with Claire and decides to leave the pilfering behind, Jim and a character known as “the florist” resort to coercion to make Doug change his mind.

This movie is superbly directed by Ben Affleck. He also co-wrote the script. The acting is flawless, despite having few stars in the cast. The musical score helps to enhance the drama. The pace is fast, but not so much to make you dizzy or confused; it is easy to keep up. What I like the most about this movie is its no-nonsense style; there are no perfect robberies, real life is messy and plans seldom unfold as they’re conceived. That, I think, is the true value of this film.