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: On Stranger Tides (♦♦♦)

King George gives Captain Barbossa (Geoffrey Rush, Quills) a navy ship to search for the fountain of youth, a quest that is rumored to be an interest of the Spanish monarchy as well. When Jack tries to set free Gibbs, his lifelong friend, he ends up pursued by English soldiers; thus causing havoc in the street of London. There are rumors in London that Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp, Sweeney Todd) is looking for a crew and a ship for his next adventure; it seems to Jack that someone is posing as him. Jack discovers that Angelica (Penelope Cruz, Vicky Cristina Barcelona), a former flame of his, is the impostor; Angelica brings Jack aboard Blackbeard’s (Ian McShane, We are Marshall) ship, which is headed for the fountain of youth. Sultry mermaids with long canine teeth, mutiny and the largest navies of the age are some of the things these pirates will face along the voyage.

Convoluted plot and excessive sword fighting make this movie seem longer than it is. Penelope Cruz turns on the charm once more, and her lines are almost the only fun in the entire movie. There is a good chemistry between Cruz and Johnny Depp; they had previously worked together in Blow. I want to emphasize that this franchise is in its deathbed. The fun is gone; even Johnny Depp is surely tired of playing the same character so often.