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…

The Grey (♦♦♦)

A small plane, transporting personnel employed by the petroleum industry in Alaska’s wilderness, crashes leaving only seven male survivors in its aftermath. The remains of the plane land on a remote, snowy, mountainous terrain that is home to a wolf pack. The men decide to walk across the snow to a nearby forest, but the farther they go into the trees, the less of them that come out alive.

Liam Neeson is very convincing as the man whose only purpose is to defeat the wolf pack and come out alive. Unfortunately, the story is very predictable. The script is good, but it doesn’t offer many challenges as far as acting is concerned. The suspense is kept until the end, but with a bunch of angry wolves stalking their human prey, it’s not hard to anticipate who wins this fight.