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 Switch (♦♦♦½)

Kassie (Jennifer Aniston, Derailed) is still single and getting old, so she decides to have a child on her own. Wally (Jason Bateman, Juno) is Kassie’s best friend, forever in love with her but unable to tell her. Kassie tells Wally that she wants to get pregnant and starts searching for a sperm donor. She meets a good looking one in Roland (Patrick Wilson, Hard Candy), a married professor whose wife agrees to the donation. During Kassie’s impregnation party, Wally “hijacks” Roland’s sperm and switches it for his.

I have to say I liked this movie more than I expected. I enjoyed more the screen time shared by Jason Bateman and the kid than Aniston’s lines. I laughed out loud in several occasions and chuckled as well. There is good chemistry between Jason Bateman and Jennifer Aniston; he is so believable that I felt sorry for the guy having a hard time admitting that he was in love with his best friend.

It was overall a very pleasant movie experience.