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…

Never Let Me Go (♦♦♦)

Kathy H. (Carey Mulligan, An Education), Tommy D. (Andrew Garfield, The Social Network) and Ruth (Keira Knightley, Atonement) are three classmates in the fourth year at Hailsham College. They know that, as their fellow classmates, they are special. They eat their vegetables, take their vitamins at bedtime, and must stay healthy.

At Hailsham no one challenges the status quo. Miss Lucy, the only guardian who has dared to do so—revealing the reason of their existence and their ultimate mission in life—has been left unemployed. Miss Emily, the college’s principal, runs a tight ship. To prove it, there abound numerous rumors, awful by the way, about what happens to children who wander outside the gates.

Kathy H and Tommy D developed a strong bond from early on in their lives. They loved each other, but Ruth, Kathy’s best friend, became Tommy’s girlfriend, a relationship that lasted well beyond their eighteenth year. Kathy always had the hope that Tommy and Ruth would split, but then she became a caregiver and moved away losing touch with her childhood friends for several years. What happens next you have to watch the movie to find out.

This movie is a work of art. The cinematography is spectacular. The musical score is beautiful yet haunting, accentuated by a cello’s notes. The pace is slow, which can turn people off, but the characters are well developed throughout the story. I liked the acting of the three main characters, but there are very good supporting performances as well, such as Madam Marie-Claude and Miss Emily’s. This film moves slowly to a devastating yet poetic ending: we are all here for a reason and “we all complete”. I did like the scene at the beach where Tommy, Ruth and Kathy went for a trip. I also liked the passive image of the ball outside Hailsham’s gates, bathed by the rain, forever unclaimed; that ball bothered me.

Good movie, but don’t expect fireworks!