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…

The Tree of Life (♦♦♦)

A couple (Brad Pitt and Jessica Chastain) with three children begins to question God and the meaning of life after a family tragedy sends them reeling. The movie is divided into two parts, however invisibly. The first part of the film is about the tragedy and the questioning of life’s purpose. The second part is about the family dynamics when the kids were growing up, from a carefree mother to an overbearing father. The questioning reappears again in the end as one of the children, now an adult, examines his existence.

This movie seems extremely long despite running for 138 minutes. It is short on dialogs. The first part is a visual feast of nature’s most spectacular events on Earth and in space, resembling documentaries from the Discovery Channel. The second part of the movie seems incoherent, in relation to the first, providing hardly any answers to the questions posed. The oldest child obviously feels closer to her mother, sometimes wishing his father dead, but his resentment appears to predate his father’s violent outbursts.

Overall, this film is long, overwhelming, yet strikingly beautiful.