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…

Chimpanzee (♦♦♦♦)

Oscar is a little chimpanzee learning the ways of the jungle under his mother’s guidance, but a rival gang, led by an alpha old chimp named Scar, kills Oscar’s mother and forces the defeated forces to scatter. Since Oscar is a baby, he has no chance of survival on his own and most mothers in his pack are already busy tending their own youngsters. Fortunately for Oscar, he forges an unlikely bond with Freddy, the alpha male in Oscar’s pack, who ends up adopting the infant.

Without the clues provided in the trailer it’s hard to anticipate Oscar’s fate after his mother’s death, but this movie ends up having a Disney-esque ending. The film documents the journey of a gang of chimps and their numerous and unfortunate encounters with a rival gang competing for food sources and territory.

The story becomes sad when Oscar becomes an orphan, dramatic during gangs showdowns and tender when Freddy becomes a softie and adopts baby Oscar.

Overall, this little film is a triumph that can delight the whole family.