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…

To Rome with Love (♦♦♦)

A newlywed couple has dreams of impressing the groom’s powerful relatives and making it big in Rome; a prostitute mistakes the said groom for a paid client and must pose as the groom’s wife in front of his relatives while his actual wife gets entangled with a Roman movie star and a common thief; a normal guy finds sudden, unlikely fame and he gets a taste of the good and the bad sides of being a celebrity; an American architect who studied in Rome, meets a young architect student who invites him to his house to meet his fiancée.

I liked this Woody Allen’s movie, though it lacked the magic of Midnight in Paris or the quirkiness of Vicky Cristina Barcelona. While Midnight in Paris was an ode to the city and the enchantment of bygone eras, and Vicky Cristina Barcelona was a celebration of life, love and the madness of being in love, To Rome with Love has none of those underlying themes. The city of Rome is just a backdrop, and any backdrop would have suited this disparate story.

The characters best developed were Monica (Ellen Page), the seductress best friend of Jack’s girlfriend, Jack (Jesse Eisenberg), a young architect student, and John (Alec Baldwin), an architect turned voice-of-Jack’s conscience and love guru. The rest of the characters seem absolutely lost in the subplots. The funniest moments belonged to the vignette involving Monica, Jack and John and the storyline about the mortician singing opera in a shower on stage.

Overall, To Rome with Love is a somewhat funny story with plenty of forced situations and very forgettable characters. This is a movie you’ll forget while still seeing it.