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…

Oceans (♦♦♦♦)

Oceans is a feature-length Disneynature film that details the lives of creatures big and small in all the seas around the world. But aside from its entertaining value, Oceans has the mission to teach its audience and plead for a better care of the environment.

Oceans is smoothly narrated by Pierce Brosnan. The music is lovely and it coordinates with the movement of animals throughout the film. As it is expected from a Disney production, the dynamics of prey and predator are not explored fully; they just barely scratch the surface, but if they had done so they would have scare rather than please. Some scenes are pretty cool, such as the one where a diver is swimming next to a great white shark.

Overall, a crowd pleaser!

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