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…

Water for Elephants (♦♦♦)

Jacob Jankowski (Robert Pattinson, The Twilight Saga) is about to take his final exam to graduate as a vet, when he’s notified of his parents’ death in a car accident. With no possessions in the world, he jumps on a passing train, which is home to the Benzini Brothers Circus. August (Christoph Waltz, Inglorious Basterds)—manager and master of ceremonies— names Jacob the circus’ vet. August is a cruel man with people and animals alike, so when he discovers the ever growing attraction between Jacob and Marlena (Reese Witherspoon, Walk the Line), the circus main act and August’s wife, August sets on everything and everyone they hold dear.

The scenes when the circus is in session are rather magical. There’s no chemistry between Reese Witherspoon and Robert Pattinson, but I would have been very surprised if they had had any. The most worthwhile moments in this film are ironically provided by Rosie the elephant and Christoph Waltz, who has shown a gift for playing cruel characters to a T. The movie followed the book, but it was short on emotions. My favorite part of the film is when the disaster happens; that’s when this motion picture packed all the punches that could fit into those sequences and it worked well.

I liked the book better, but you’ll like the movie if you’re not too picky.