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…

Captain America: The First Avenger (♦♦♦♦)

It is 1942. Europe is amidst WWII. Nazi Germany is in need of defeating the allied troops and for that purpose they engage in research for advanced weapons and related stuff. As part of the Hydra program, a German scientist (Stanley Tucci) develops a serum capable of altering body cells to create super soldiers. Before it is ready, Hydra chief Johann Schmidt (Hugo Weaving), a power-hungry man, injects himself the serum and becomes sort of a mutant (this movie’s villain). The German scientist defects to the U.S. where he has the chance to perfect his invention and recruits Steve Rogers (Chris Evans), a scrawny, young man intent on entering the army. When Rogers is injected the serums, he becomes a super version of himself; however he is warned that his best qualities will be magnified as well as his worst.

The army doesn’t take him seriously, but a U.S. Senator gives him the opportunity to help the troops by raising money for the cause. Wearing a colorful costume, Rogers becomes Captain America. During a tour abroad to entertain the troops, Rogers learns than there’s an American battalion that has been taken captive by Schmidt, and he decides—with the prodding of Agent Carter, his love interest--to put his newly gained skills to good use.

Dominic Cooper, Tommy Lee Jones and Derek Luke co-star.

Agent Peggy Carter (Hayley Atwell, The Pillars of the Earth) is so poised that she even wears red lipstick to battle. Schmidt is assisted by soldiers with the look and the energy of Darth Vader. The plane in which Schmidt makes his escape looks like a B2 bomber (pretty advanced stuff for 1943!)

Rogers is hotter than hell, and his screen presence resembles that of another superhero (Christopher Reeve as Superman).This movie is a lot of fun, with subtle jokes and plenty of war action to please the audience. What I liked the most was the historical background given to the story, which makes it kind of plausible.