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…

Soul Surfer (♦♦♦)

Bethany Hamilton (AnnaSophia Robb, Bridge to Terabithia), the daughter of two professional surfers (Dennis Quaid and Helen Hunt), was born to surf. Her family even called her a mermaid. Her chances of winning a regional surfing competition were truncated by if-you-blink-you-miss-it shark attack in which she lost her left arm. Devastated by this tragedy, but still willing to compete in the regional, she trained hard, but it wasn’t enough for the massive waves pounded her. Discouraged by this upset, she gave up surfing until a trip to Thailand after the tsunami disaster made her realize how much she still had by being alive and having a family who loved her. Upon her return from Thailand, Bethany received hundreds of letters of people inspired by her strong willingness to overcome obstacles and she was inspired herself to take up surfing again with the support of her family.

This is a remarkable topic frequently seen in movies but that never stops amazing me. Hamilton’s life was saved by a resourceful friend, but her strong faith in God made her whole again. The cinematography is spectacular; particularly noteworthy are the breathtaking shots of the world-famous Hawaiian’s waves inside and out. The acting wasn’t particularly impressive, but the story and the setting more than make up for it.

Surfing never seemed so cool!