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…

The Tourist (♦♦♦)

British belle Elise Ward (Angelina Jolie) is being tailed by British and French Police. She is the lover of Alexander Pearce, a British fugitive, guilty of embezzling millions of dollars. When Alexander Pearce summons Elise to a rendezvous in Venice, she is supposed to make police believe that a random man in the train is supposed to be him, so she chooses Frank (Johnny Depp), an American tourist on his way to a good time, or so he thinks. Frank is bedazzled by the British beauty; he can hardly believe his luck when Elise kisses him in the suite of a luxury hotel, but cold reality soon intrudes when Russian thugs try to kill him.

I think that this movie had the potential to be good, maybe not great, but at least really good. Unfortunately, the premise did not deliver despite its twisted ending. The shoots of Venice are simply amazing, and Angelina dazzles in beautiful dresses and even more gorgeous jewels, but that’s about it. The chemistry between Jolie and Depp in non-existent, which I believe is a consequence of the rumors generated by the pairing of these two. It’s a pity that these actors, who have prominent careers on their own, didn’t know how to make this movie work.
The Tourist

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