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

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…

The Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole (♦♦♦♦)

Growing up, Tyton owlets Soren and Kludd used to hear their father’s stories about the Guardians and their fight against the Pure Ones and imagined themselves as great soldiers. During an unsupervised flight practice, Soren and his brother Kludd are kidnapped, together with owls from every corner of the land, by envoys of Metal Beak and Narya. When a desert owlet demands he wants to go back to his family, Soren sides with him and as punishment he gets assigned to forced labor. Kludd, on the other hand, refuses to follow Soren and he is trained as a Pure One.

With the help of a much older and discontent owl, Soren and his friend manage to escape and go in search of the Guardians, who live beyond the sea. On their way, they learn how to fly, find new friends and finally meet the Guardians, among them Lize of Kiel, the bravest one and Soren’s hero. With the help of the Guardians, the owls held in captivity by Metal Beak and Narya are freed and Soren reunites with his family.

This is a sweet family movie, and as usual, good characters have sweet faces and the opposite is true for evil ones. Not all good characters have pretty faces though, some such as Lize of Kiel, have battle scars that have disfigured them, whereas others such as Narya look prettier. Honor, courage, friendship and loyalty are well depicted. I did enjoy this movie very much.