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…

Beastly (♦♦♦)

In this modern day fantasy, Kyle (Alex Pettyfer) is an attractive high school student, vain as only his father can be. According to Kyle, beautiful people are meant to rule the world while ugly people are marginal. When Kyle wins a student election over Kendra (Mary-Kate Olsen), invites her to a party, and then humiliates her in public, Kendra touches his arm and curses him with a year living with his ugly looking self. The curse will vanish only if within that year someone tells him that they love him.

Seeing his son’s face proves to be too much for Kyle’s father, who buys him an apartment overlooking the city and pays a blind tutor to give his sons private lessons. When Lindy (Vanessa Hudgens), a beautiful former classmate who is practically invisible at school, comes to live with Kyle, he changes his identity and tries to win Lindy’s heart by doing everything she loves. The only problem is…He is running out of time.

This is a charming, romantic movie for younger audiences. It has several things going in its favor: great music by hip contemporary artists, and clean dialogues. The acting is not that great, or the chemistry, but Hudgens and Pettyfer are two great-looking people making a good fantasy work, and it does. The best performance in the movie, in my opinion, is Mary-Kate Olsen’s as witch-looking Kendra.

Not a classic but still enjoyable.