Snapshots - #42: Thor: Ragnarok, Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool, LBJ

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Thor: Ragnarok (2017), (♦♦♦♦½): Thor has saved earth twice by now and has, for the last two years, wandered the universe searching for infinity stones. He hasn't found any. He has, however, become prisoner of an enemy of Asgard, Surtur, who tells Thor that his visions of Asgard engulfed in flames is a premonition of Ragnarok—the destruction of Asgard, which is already in motion. Thor frees himself and arrives at home to find Loki sitting on the throne, passing as Odin, and neglecting his duties to protect the Nine Realms. With Odin's exile, Asgard's enemies have been reassembling, but Odin's death may just free Hela, a goddess against whom neither Thor nor Loki are enough.
It was in Thor: The Dark World where Loki, an antagonist, first threatened to steal the show. He became the villain that Marvel fandom loves to hate. While Loki is at his most charming in this film, the director, with the help of a sparkling screenplay, has very much exploited the great chemistry of t…

Dances with Wolves (♦♦♦♦)

Dances with Wolves is the name given by a Sioux tribe to John Dunbar, a Civil War lieutenant who gets assigned to guard a military post in the last American frontier. In the middle of nowhere, Dunbar befriends a wolf, which he nicknames Two Socks, and later befriends the neighboring Sioux tribe, falling in love with one of their adopted daughters and marrying her.

This movie is Kevin Costner’s directorial debut, and he surely chose a grand topic for it. Filmed almost in its entirety at outside locations, it features the vast magnificence of the American West. Dunbar’s friendship with the ever watching wolf is a testament of the endurance of the human spirit under trying circumstances. The movie treats the subject of the conquest of Indian territories with intelligence and finesse. There are no apparent stereotypes in this film: the white man has superiority in numbers, but the Indians are willing to meet them halfway. Unlike most movies about Indians, they’re not depicted as uncultured savages; their customs fit nicely into the story line. The Indians play no tricks in this movie; they are a culture in decline, they know it and are willing to fight until their last breaths to preserve their way of life.

This film is a classic without a doubt. Watch it; you won’t regret it!

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