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…

The Tourist (♦♦♦)

British belle Elise Ward (Angelina Jolie) is being tailed by British and French Police. She is the lover of Alexander Pearce, a British fugitive, guilty of embezzling millions of dollars. When Alexander Pearce summons Elise to a rendezvous in Venice, she is supposed to make police believe that a random man in the train is supposed to be him, so she chooses Frank (Johnny Depp), an American tourist on his way to a good time, or so he thinks. Frank is bedazzled by the British beauty; he can hardly believe his luck when Elise kisses him in the suite of a luxury hotel, but cold reality soon intrudes when Russian thugs try to kill him.

I think that this movie had the potential to be good, maybe not great, but at least really good. Unfortunately, the premise did not deliver despite its twisted ending. The shoots of Venice are simply amazing, and Angelina dazzles in beautiful dresses and even more gorgeous jewels, but that’s about it. The chemistry between Jolie and Depp in non-existent, which I believe is a consequence of the rumors generated by the pairing of these two. It’s a pity that these actors, who have prominent careers on their own, didn’t know how to make this movie work.
The Tourist