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…

Spycatcher by Matthew Dunn (♦♦♦)

Will Cochrane is MI6’s most valuable asset; he is the agent called Spartan, killer of killers, one whose identity is known to just two men in England one of whom is the Prime Minister. After a failed mission in NY City, Cochrane is extracted by a CIA man who knows his identity all too well. Upon his return to England, Alistair, Cochrane’s controller, summons him to be debriefed on his most recent mission and a new one, one that will put him in a collision course with his father’s killer.

The mission is to capture alive a general in the Islamic Revolutionary Guards, an agent called Megiddo, who is planning an attack somewhere in the Western hemisphere. Will Cochrane must track that man and make him talk about his genocidal plans. The problem is…Megiddo is one of the most elusive men anyone has ever met and in getting to him many lives will be in jeopardy.

Spycatcher by Matthew Dunn is a good book, but not great. The plot is intense, Will Cochrane, its protagonist, is one of the most human and realistically depicted secret agents around; he practically jumps out of the page, he is that vibrant. However, Megiddo, Will’s archenemy, is so elusive that sometimes it seems that Will and his team of paramilitary operatives are following a ghost. I believe Dunn’s intention was exactly that, to portray Megiddo as Will’s counterpart, his evil twin, but in doing so he stretched the plot several hundred pages longer than the story has any right to be, the result is boring and utterly annoying.