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…

Drive (♦♦♦½)

A “driver” is a key element to successfully carry out a heist. Enter Ryan Gosling as a gifted driver who knows L.A. streets inside and out, and always delivers his cargo safely home. Driver has a part-time job in the movie business and a full-time career as a car mechanic.

Driver meets Irene, a pretty neighbor with a kid, whose husband is in jail. Driver and Irene enjoy going out together, but then her husband is freed. When Driver finds Irene’s husband beat almost to death for a prison debt, he chooses to help.

With that purpose they carry out a heist, but it goes horribly wrong. When Irene loses her husband and witnesses an outbreak of violence from her neighbor towards another man, she has to wonder who was worse for her, if her husband or her handsome neighbor.

There is graphic violence along this film. A sense of mystery is implied by suspenseful, acoustic music surrounding Driver. I have to admit that it’s in those gruesome, dramatically demanding roles where Ryan Gosling truly excels.

Carey Mulligan and the kid are the only sweet elements in an otherwise brutal movie. Contrasting with it, are beautiful shots of Los Angeles skyscrapers at night, both aerial and ground views. Plenty of action, gore, some drama and a little mystery are at the core of this film.