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…

True Grit, 2010 (♦♦♦♦)

When Tom Chaney (Josh Brolin) kills Mattie Ross’ (Hailee Steinfeld) father--for 2 pieces of gold and a horse—fourteen year-old Mattie vows revenge. She posts a fifty dollars reward and hires U.S. Federal Marshal “Rooster” Cogburn (Jeff Bridges) to carry out the mission, except, she is coming along to ensure that her money is well spent and to see her father’s murderer dead or brought to justice. La Beef (Matt Damon), a Texas Ranger also hunting Chaney for the death of a Senator, joins the search party. Amidst disagreements and petty fights, they go on with a common goal in mind; despite the quarreling, they prevail due to Mattie’s determination to seek justice.

I had a hard time understanding most of the dialog (English is my second language in case you haven’t noticed), but from what I could discern, I realized that despite the grit, the movie was funny at times, if only briefly. The scenography was breathtaking; I particularly enjoyed the scene at night when it was snowing and Cogburn was carrying Mattie in his arms (very poetic!) I think that Jeff Bridges did a great performance in this film as an alcoholic lawman, and so did Matt Damon, but no doubt the most gracious and vibrant performance in this film is Hailee Steinfeld’s as Mattie. It will be a delight to see her grow into other roles.