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…

Breaking Dawn – Part I (♦♦♦♦)

In this installment of the Twilight Saga, Bella and Edward celebrate their nuptials on the Cullens’ estate. The well-kept secret honeymoon spot is an island off Rio de Janeiro’s coast. There, under the moonlight, Bella and Edward consummate their love. Fourteen days into the honeymoon, Bella finds out she is pregnant, but…Surprise, the baby, or whatever is growing in her belly, is killing her.

In an effort to save Bella, the lovers fly back to Forks to be under Carlisle’s care. Unfortunately, the baby is stronger than Bella and she is adamant about having him/her. Edward doesn’t want anything to do with the baby if Bella dies, but listening to the baby’s thoughts makes him realize that he/she has goodness in him/her.

Meanwhile, Sam and his pack of werewolves are determined to kill Bella and her baby, which prompts Jacob to defect from the pack accompanied by Seth and Leah. Jacob swears to protect Bella and joins the Cullens in their effort to do the same.

Special attention was devoted to the wedding details: Bella’s dress (sewn by a famous designer), the forest setting with wisteria trees in full bloom, the works…The sex scenes were carefully shot since they wanted to maintain a PG-13 rating; however more wasn’t needed considering their simmering desire for each other from the beginning.

I found the special effects more noteworthy than in the previous films of the saga, particularly with Bella’s appearance during her pregnancy; she looked sleep deprived, anorexic…She really seemed like she was dying. The tension in this movie was also higher than in previous films bearing in mind that Bella’s life was at stake.

Overall, beautiful costumes, high tension and a big surprise in the end make this movie worthwhile.