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…

Now You See Me (♦♦♦½)

Four street performing magicians are summoned seemingly at random to an address in New York City, the objective, to be collective performers in a show in Vegas. During their first show they pull off a bank heist on the other side of the Atlantic, and from there they only get fancier and more deceitful, but when nothing is as it seems, the FBI intervenes and takes over the investigation. Are these magicians part of a bigger plan? With the investigators always two steps behind, they enlist the help of an unlikely source.

In my opinion, Now You See Me would have been a lot cooler without so many explanations and maneuvering. I was entertained but utterly confused; it seems to me that the magicians went to all that trouble for something intangible. The Prestige and The Illusionist are two films that come to mind when watching this one, but even those two were more successful in reeling in the audience until the end.

While Now You See Me is entertaining, I think it's too pretentious for its own sake.

Jesse Eisenberg, Mark Ruffalo, Mélanie Laurent, Michael Caine, Dave Franco, Isla Fisher, Woody Harrelson and Morgan Freeman co-star.


  1. Good review Carmen. I honestly wish I liked this a lot more since it entertained a great deal of me, but the twists and turns just became too much for me after awhile.

    1. Thanks for stopping by, Dan.
      I agree that they overdid it with so many twists in the plot; it's a pity because the premise seemed very cool.


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