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 Vow (♦♦♦)

Paige (Rachel McAdams) and Leo (Channing Tatum) are married and very much in love, but an accident on a snowy night robs Paige of the precious memories she has created with her husband. Instead, Paige remembers everything about her life with her biological family, prompting her husband of four years to romance her again. The problem is she may not be ready for the life they used to share.

Some critics have expressed this film is a romantic classic; in my opinion, it is not. Rachel McAdams and Channing Tatum are both beautiful people, but together they lack the chemistry that made Rachel McAdams and Ryan Gosling instant hits in The Notebook. Half the time Tatum seems to be rushing his lines, anxious perhaps to transmit to the audience the emotions he is supposed to convey, but he never gets there. Rachel McAdams, on the other hand, takes her job seriously but she looks lost without a convincing male lead.

Channing Tatum belongs in action movies while McAdams needs a strong male counterpart, if not convinced remember Morning Glory.

Lax acting aside, the photography is beautiful showcasing breathtaking aerial views of downtown Chicago.