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 Five-Year Engagement (♦♦♦½)

Is it my impression or are this year movie choices dismal?

After dating for one year, Violet (Emily Blunt) and Tom (Jason Segel) get engaged, but due to Violet’s dreams of pursuing a career, their wedding gets postponed indefinitely when Violet is accepted for postgraduate studies at the University of Michigan and she and Tom decide to move there from California.

There’s good chemistry between Jason Segel and Emily Blunt, sweet chemistry actually, which should have been fertile ground for a magnificent romantic comedy. Instead, the story is too raunchy for its own sake.

There is plenty of profanity and vulgar situations to please the lowest standards some moviegoers seem to have; that is the kind of audience this film is directed towards. I’m not that kind of audience; I like “I’m dying for you” sort of romantic movies, soapy, at times corny, but well constructed stories that make you fall in love and believe in love. Despite Blunt and Segel’s best efforts, this is not that kind of romance or comedy.