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…

Burlesque (♦♦♦)

Ali (Christina Aguilera), a girl from a small town in Iowa, has big dreams of singing and fame; all that comes along when she leaves her hometown for Los Angeles and starts working as a waitress at a burlesque lounge. At first, Ali tries unsuccessfully to convince Tess, the cabaret owner (Cher), that she can sing and dance. However, when one of the dancers gets pregnant and is pulled from the show, an impromptu audition gives Ali the opportunity to become a dancer since she knows all the numbers. When a conniving rival (Kristen Bell) cuts the music in the middle of an act, Ali has to step up singing with her own voice and becomes the main attraction of the club.

Stanley Tucci, Eric Dane and Peter Gallagher also co-star.

This movie is entertaining, but none of the singing numbers are catchy enough to make me want to watch the film again. Christina Aguilera is good here, particularly because no much acting is required; she sings her heart out and dances with reckless abandonment and that’s after all what she excels at. The costumes and cabaret feeling are reminiscent of Chicago, but not the plot, which is fortunate, because this would have been a poor replica.