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…

Burlesque (♦♦♦)

Ali (Christina Aguilera), a girl from a small town in Iowa, has big dreams of singing and fame; all that comes along when she leaves her hometown for Los Angeles and starts working as a waitress at a burlesque lounge. At first, Ali tries unsuccessfully to convince Tess, the cabaret owner (Cher), that she can sing and dance. However, when one of the dancers gets pregnant and is pulled from the show, an impromptu audition gives Ali the opportunity to become a dancer since she knows all the numbers. When a conniving rival (Kristen Bell) cuts the music in the middle of an act, Ali has to step up singing with her own voice and becomes the main attraction of the club.

Stanley Tucci, Eric Dane and Peter Gallagher also co-star.

This movie is entertaining, but none of the singing numbers are catchy enough to make me want to watch the film again. Christina Aguilera is good here, particularly because no much acting is required; she sings her heart out and dances with reckless abandonment and that’s after all what she excels at. The costumes and cabaret feeling are reminiscent of Chicago, but not the plot, which is fortunate, because this would have been a poor replica.