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

Curse of the Black Pearl (♦♦♦♦♦)

When the Black Pearl, the most infamous pirate ship in the Caribbean, commandeered by Captain Barbossa (Geoffrey Rush, The King’s Speech), invades Port Royal and sails away with Elizabeth Swann (Keira Knightley, Never Let me Go), the only child of Port Royal’s Governor Swann, the navy has no other choice than to pursue them. Only few men know where the Black Pearl sets anchor, so with no other clue to find Miss Swann, William Turner (Orlando Bloom, The Lord of the Rings Trilogy), forever in love with Elizabeth, must free Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp, The Tourist) from jail--where he is expecting a death sentence to be carried out—and steal The Interceptor, the fastest ship in the royal navy, to catch up with the Black Pearl whereabouts.

There are several catches however; the crew of the Black Pearl is cursed. To reverse the curse they must return a gold locket tainted with someone’s blood. To accomplish their goal of rescuing Elizabeth, Will and Jack will need a crew of seasoned pirates, whom they must recruit in Isla Tortuga. Jack Sparrow is always switching sides, so can he be trusted?

This movie is pure family fun. Johnny Depp is brilliant as the mild mannered Captain Sparrow, and so is Geoffrey Rush as the undead villain. The lines are funny and despite Jack’s tendency to deceive everyone, one has no other choice than to adore him and root for him. The unpredictability of Captain Jack Sparrow extends to the movie as well: one never knows what will happen next, but we’re in for the adventure. Piracy never sounded so good!

Dead Man’s Chest (♦♦♦)

Will Turner (Orlando Bloom, The Lord of the Rings Trilogy) and Elizabeth (Keira Knightley, Atonement) are sentenced to death for, among other things, aiding Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp, The Tourist) to escape his death. The new head of the East Indies Company promises William a pardon in exchange for Jack’s compass. The compass is supposed to point to the thing one wants the most. Will sets sails to find Jack, who in turn sends Will away to get the key that opens Davy Jones’ (Bill Nighy) chest. Little does Will know, that by setting foot on the Flying Dutchman, Jones’ ship, his mere soul is in danger. Jack Sparrow’s soul belongs to Jones, and the latter will stop at nothing, not even to unleash the fiercest creature in the sea, to get his way.

This movie lacks all the funny lines that made the original movie such a success. The story is odd, even odder by the cocktail mix of monsters and undead creatures so unrelated to actual pirates. Fortunately, the screenplay holds some interest since Jack’s fate is unknown and his mates are going to search the very corners of the Earth to find him.