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…

Léon: The Professional (♦♦♦)

Leon (Jean Reno) is a professional hitman, who lives next door to twelve year-old Mathilda (Natalie Portman) and her dysfunctional family. When a rogue D.E.A. officer (Gary Oldman) executes Mathilda’s family over drugs, she has no one to turn to but Leon. Thus, Leon unwillingly takes care of Mathilda and trains her to become a “cleaner” as he is, for she is intent on seeking justice for her dead little brother.

There are great performances by Jean Reno and Nathalie Portman in her debut role, but I think the movie lacks something. I can’t quite put my finger on it, but maybe is emotions. Leon seems credible as a hitman but not as caring father.

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