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…

Let Me In (♦♦♦)

Twelve year-old Owen (Kodi Smit-McPhee) lives in an apartment complex surrounded by adults, that is, until twelve year-old Abby (Chloe Moretz) moves in, accompanied by a man. Abby warns Owen early on that they cannot be friends, but an unlikely bond is progressively formed when Owen shares his toys, favorite snacks and eventually a school secret (he is constantly bullied by three classmates). Abby cannot share her secrets because they are otherworldly, but advises Owen to stand up to his bullies and teach them a lesson they may not forget.

This is the American adaptation of the Swedish film Let the Right One In, which I reviewed under the title Favorite Foreign Movies – Part III. All the elements of the story are preserved in this version, but to be honest, I prefer the original Swedish film; it is much more poetic, more captivating, haunting. This movie has been released after the vampire frenzy that has overtaken the worldwide market. The vampire hype does no good to this motion picture, which focuses more on the blooming friendship of two pre-teens, without the aspirations to join their love lives forever after. This film is about friendship, loyalty and standing up for oneself and those one holds dear.

I recommend watching the Swedish film better. It’s an instant classic.