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…

Jane Eyre (♦♦♦♦)

Jane Eyre (Mia Wasikowska, Alice in Wonderland) grows up in a boarding house until she is old enough to procure a job. With her fine education, Jane becomes the governess at Thornfield, whose owner, Mr. Edward Rochester (Michael Fassbender, Inglorious Basterds) falls in love with her, only he has a terrible secret. On Jane and Rochester’s wedding day, some truths are revealed, which drive Jane away from Thornfield.

I had previously watched Franco Zeffirelli’s 1996 Jane Eyre; I rated that movie 5 stars. I also liked this Cary Fukunaga’s version. This film is dark, which normally characterizes period pieces, but it suits the mood of this movie rather well. Here there is a powerful secret, hidden in plain sight, protected by the house’s employees, so the darkness works like a metaphor. The music is ethereal. I enjoyed the spring romance (also a metaphor), and the chemistry between Wasikowska and Fassbender, which is undeniable.

I should remark that Mia Wasikowska’s performance really impressed me. Her Jane Eyre is a quiet, driven performance, a strong willed woman who has been through much and it’s not afraid of showing it. Bravo, Mia!