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 Beaver (♦♦♦♦½)

Walter Black (Mel Gibson, Braveheart) has been depressed for several years, so much so that his depression has altered the family dynamics. Thus, his wife (Jodie Foster, The Brave One) opts for asking him to move out of their house. On the brink of suicide, Walter finds a beaver puppet in a dumpster.

Talking to the beaver and making the beaver talk in lieu of himself seems to improve Walter’s condition, and bring his toy company back from near bankruptcy. But soon the beaver takes over Walter’s life and he is again unable to function properly without it. Thus, Walter faces the difficult dilemma of saving himself or being forever a hostage of the beaver.

This movie is a searing, poignant drama, devastatingly real yet uplifting in the end. Mel Gibson delivers a performance that is among his best ever. This seems to be the story of Gibson’s demons—rather than Walter’s—and maybe they are. Jodie Foster directs, very ably, as well as stars in. There is also great acting in the performances of Anton Yelchin as Porter, Walter’s oldest son, and Jennifer Lawrence’s (Winter’s Bone) as Porter love interest, a bright student reeling with pain from a family tragedy.