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…

Atonement (♦♦♦♦♦)

England, 1935.

Robbie Turner (James McAvoy, The Last King of Scotland), a servant’s son, and Cecilia Tallis (Keira Knightley, Pride and Prejudice), are in love but have been avoiding each other’s company for the last few years. Then Robbie decides to go away to medical school and Cecilia is mad about it. When 13-year-old Briony (Saoirse Ronan, The Lovely Bones), Cecilia’s younger sister, reads a steamy love letter that Robbie sent to Cecilia and then witnesses a sexual encounter between them, she believes Robbie capable of terrible things and guilty of a violent crime. Briony’s accusation will forever change the course of their lives.

I wanted to review this movie since I started this blog. I have seen it three times and every time it ends, I experience the same shock and emotions inherent to the story. The screenplay wouldn’t be as powerful without the wonderful acting of McAvoy, Knightley, Ronan, and later on of Romola Garai, as the young Briony and of Vanessa Redgrave, as the older Briony. The war images are much more graphic than many war movies I have seen, and I dare to say raise the bar for the sin Briony must atone.

This is one of my all-time favorite movies. The incredible on-screen chemistry between Keira Knightley and James McAvoy makes the film utterly romantic, and unforgettably devastating. Not to be missed!