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…

Snow White and The Huntsman (♦♦♦♦)

In a far away kingdom lives a little princess named Snow White with her widower father who is still, a year later, mourning his late wife. All that changes with the advent of war and the rescue of a ravishing, young maid named Ravenna, who on her wedding night, kills the king, overtakes the castle with a dark army, and imprisons the princess for years.

Queen Ravenna is obsessed with staying young forever, and being “the fairest of them all”, but Snow White’s beauty is destined to surpass hers. What to do? Why, send a huntsman to capture her alive so she can eat Snow’s heart, of course! The Huntsman becomes bewitched by Snow White’s beauty, innocence and sense of destiny, which she puts to good use once she comes back from the dead after a true love kiss.

SWATH is epic, with plenty of action and odd occurrences to satisfy odd tastes. It is a gothic tale, as dark as it comes, and I mean Voldemort dark, for Queen Ravenna sucks up the life force of every young maid in the kingdom in her quest for immortality. Ravenna not only savages subjects, but she has a negative effect on vegetation as well, for no plants grow anymore. A land that used to be bountiful is now in ruins. The only beautiful, even pleasant to look at part of the movie happens in the land of the fairies where everything is lush, green and swell, there Snow White gets blessed by a fairy hart.

Chris Hemsworth is very convincing as the Huntsman, in love but not realizing it; Kristen Stewart makes a decent Snow White, though I preferred Lilly Collins in Mirror Mirror. However, the best performance of the movie is Charlize Theron’s as Queen Ravenna, obsessed with beauty, power and immortality. Also star Ian McShane, Toby Jones and Bob Hoskins as three of the seven dwarves.