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…

Let Me In (♦♦♦)

Twelve year-old Owen (Kodi Smit-McPhee) lives in an apartment complex surrounded by adults, that is, until twelve year-old Abby (Chloe Moretz) moves in, accompanied by a man. Abby warns Owen early on that they cannot be friends, but an unlikely bond is progressively formed when Owen shares his toys, favorite snacks and eventually a school secret (he is constantly bullied by three classmates). Abby cannot share her secrets because they are otherworldly, but advises Owen to stand up to his bullies and teach them a lesson they may not forget.

This is the American adaptation of the Swedish film Let the Right One In, which I reviewed under the title Favorite Foreign Movies – Part III. All the elements of the story are preserved in this version, but to be honest, I prefer the original Swedish film; it is much more poetic, more captivating, haunting. This movie has been released after the vampire frenzy that has overtaken the worldwide market. The vampire hype does no good to this motion picture, which focuses more on the blooming friendship of two pre-teens, without the aspirations to join their love lives forever after. This film is about friendship, loyalty and standing up for oneself and those one holds dear.

I recommend watching the Swedish film better. It’s an instant classic.

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