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…

Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End (♦♦♦)

Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp, Alice in Wonderland) has been claimed by the sea. Now his body and soul belong to Davy Jones. What should his friends do? Travel to the end of the world to bring him back, of course! Will Turner (Orlando Bloom, The Lord of the Rings Trilogy), Elizabeth Swann (Keira Knightley, Never Let me Go) and the crew of the Black Pearl, led by Captain Barbossa (Geoffrey Rush, The King’s Speech) who has been brought from the dead by Tia Dalma (Naomi Harris), sail to Singapore to meet one of the nine pirate Lords.

Through many machinations, not at all clear, Seao Yen (Yun-Fat Chow, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon), the most infamous pirate in Singapore, agrees to help them by giving them a ship, more men and a chart for those unknown corners of the Earth. When the life of Jack Sparrow has been saved, they all must contend against Davy Jones (Bill Nighy) and his crew of undead, their constant inner betrayals, the royal armada, and the fury of a scorned goddess.

The spirit of the first movie is lost at last; there is no fun, just monsters, deceptions and explosions. The characters switch sides so often that is hard to keep track of whose side they’re on or what they’re fighting for. The ending is somewhat bittersweet but satisfying.