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…

Tangled (♦♦♦♦)

The queen is in labor but sick, so the kingdom’s doctors resort to the healing powers of a magical flower to get her well. The queen gives birth to princess Rapunzel (Mandy Moore). Then evil Mother Gothel (Donna Murphy) kidnaps the princess--to use her mane as the fountain of youth--and keeps her locked in a tower deep in the forest. On the eve of Rapunzel’s eighteenth birthday, Flynn Rider (Zachary Levi), a wanted thief, climbs up Rapunzel’s tower and she escapes with him to watch the annual flying lanterns.

This movie is charming family fun, and I can’t help but say it’s romantic as well. The music is catchy; I particularly enjoyed “Mother knows best”. I also liked that evil Mother Gothel wasn’t evil in the traditional Disney sense: she didn’t try to kill Rapunzel, though she imprisoned her against her will. In this more evolved evil character than most of Disney’s, Mother Gothel is highly manipulative and twisted, but not homicidal.

Great movie for the whole family! Not to be missed.