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…

Brave (♦♦♦½)

Merida is a Scottish princess who on the day of the announcement of her betrothal, escapes the castle, rides to the forest and is guided by Will o’ Wisps to the house of a witch. The witch tells Merida that she can have anything she wants, thus Merida chooses to have a spell concocted to change her mother so she can change her own destiny. However, as we’re often reminded, all magic comes with a price, and Merida must learn the importance of family and traditions if she is to save her mother, her siblings and her kingdom.

This is a magnificent family movie where a girl rules. It isn’t that funny for adults, but it’s visually lush and entertaining, and as all Disney films, there’s a strong moral to the story such as the powerful bond of family and people’s power to make their own destinies regardless of fate.

The film was made using motion capture technology, which I find mesmerizing because it looks like there are real people behind the animation. The musical score is fantastic; I wouldn’t be surprised if Brave is nominated in the original song’s category and as best animated film at next year’s Oscars.