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…

Hereafter (♦♦♦)

Marie LeLay (Cécile De France) is a re-known French journalist in her last day of vacation when a tsunami strikes. Marcus is a young boy (Frankie and George McLaren) who has been struck by a family tragedy. George Lonegan (Matt Damon) is a gifted psychic refusing to acknowledge his gift (or curse as he calls it). These three characters’ paths will cross in the streets of London.

This movie has been directed and produced by Clint Eastwood. The music is also his. The musical score that appear in most of his films (haunting guitar chords, piano and violin) are ever present. As always, shadows engulf the characters to enhance the drama.

Although haunting, this movie is unlike other films that Clint Eastwood has directed. It doesn’t have the same resonance as Million Dollar Baby, Unforgiven, Changeling and Gran Torino. However, its main topic, what happens after death, is explored with care even if no definitive answers are provided.

I liked this film more than my rating reflects. The acting is superb by characters big and small.

Matt Damon has departed somewhat lately from the type of films that have given him commercial stardom such as The Bourne Trilogy and The Ocean’s Trilogy. Those action flicks focus more on his ability to fight or being at the edge of the law. In his last two movies (Hereafter and The Adjustment Bureau), however, he explores his most dramatic essence, and he excels at it. I believe Matt Damon is one of the most versatile actors of his generation, and this movie is proof of that.