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…

War Horse (♦♦♦♦)

Ted Narracott, Albert’s father, buys a spirited young horse at a market auction. Few farmers would give any money for that horse, but Ted sees potential in it and wins the bid for thirty guineas. World War I comes along and horses are in high demand, so to save his family from ruin, Ted sells Joey, Albert’s horse, to a British officer.

When the officer loses his life in an ambush against German forces, Joey changes hands becoming a German war horse. Over the course of the conflagration, Joey changes hands over and over, until after overcoming terrible obstacles, he is recovered by British soldiers towards the end of the war.

The cinematography in this film is fantastic and so is the photography. The sweeping English countryside is vastly and beautifully captured.

The war scenes are very graphic yet drag along endlessly, almost making you forget the title of the movie. Just then the horse reappears and makes the last half hour of this film poignant and epic.

There are not great performances in this motion picture; human characters are secondary to the story and they know it, letting the horse be the leading force with all the nuances and the drama that fuels the plot.

Overall, War Horse is an epic, beautiful film with war scenes that drag along a bit, but with a satisfying ending.