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…

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Pt I (♦♦♦♦)

After the shocking events unfolded in Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince, Harry (Daniel Radcliffe), Hermione (Emma Watson) and Ron (Rupert Grint) leave Hogwarts and embark on a quest to find the Horcruxes in which Lord Voldemort has hidden part of his soul. They revisit places from Hermione’s childhood, trying to escape the grip that Voldemort allies have in the Ministry of Magic.

Most of the characters that we’ve come to know are in this movie, but some like Severus Snape (Alan Rickman), Voldemort (Ralph Fiennes), Bellatrix (Helena Bonham Carter), and the Weasleys only get minutes, if not seconds of screen time. Hermione is still the one brainy third of the pack, and that comes very handy considering they have no clues of where to find the Horcruxes. Ron also gets less screen time due to him seemingly abandoning Harry and Hermione on their quest.

What I never liked too much about this franchise is that each movie has gotten increasingly darker in tone than its predecessor, but I guess it’s understandable considering its targeted audience has matured along with the main characters. However, being dark in tone seems to be one of the strengths of this franchise, making it appealing to a wider audience. Part I, though incomplete, sets the pace perfectly for which, in my opinion, will be an unforgettable conclusion.