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…

Everything Must Go (♦♦♦½)

Nick (Will Ferrell, Stranger than Fiction) loses his job as a marketing executive the same day his wife decides to abandon him and throw all his belongings to the front yard. She doesn’t want him to contact her in any way; she just wants out of their marriage. During the next three days—time bought by a policeman friend so he could have a estate sale—Nick befriends a new neighbor (Rebecca Hall, The Town), teaches a thing or two about baseball and business to Kenny (Christopher Jordan Wallace), a kid neighbor, and must learn himself to let go of his possessions and face his demons head on.

Michael Peña and Laura Dern co-star.

I did like this movie. The action occurs almost entirely in the yard; despite of it, it feels surprisingly and refreshingly intimate. Will Ferrell excels as a dramatic actor—better this time than in many of his comedic roles—and so does Christopher Jordan Wallace, as the kid who steals the show with his direct approach to business and friendship. A slimmer Michael Peña plays the role of friend/villain, as if it were needed given everything that is going on; regardless, his role provides the much needed wake-up call for Nick.

More insightful than funny this movie is a must-see.