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…

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (♦♦♦♦)

Harry Potter (Daniel Radcliffe), Ron Weasley (Rupert Grint) and Hermione Granger (Emma Watson) have been gradually finding and destroying the seven horcruxes where Voldemort (Ralph Fiennes) has hidden part of his soul. It appears that the last horcrux is Nagini—the snake that Voldemort always keeps by his side—or is it? According to Severus Snape’s (Alan Rickman) last memory, Harry kept a part of Voldemort the night the latter killed Harry’s parents. It seems that Harry will be a sacrificial lamb in the battle between good and evil. When Voldemort summons Harry to the dark forest for a final confrontation, Harry survives a killing curse, thus having the chance to defend his friends and professors at Hogwarts and to defeat Voldemort forever.

This last installment is as dark as it gets. There is violence, destruction, battle scenes; when there isn’t someone dying, someone is getting ready for it. This fine film is certainly surprising, enlightening and brings the franchise to a well rounded ending. Long live Harry Potter!