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…

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Pt I (♦♦♦♦)

After the shocking events unfolded in Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince, Harry (Daniel Radcliffe), Hermione (Emma Watson) and Ron (Rupert Grint) leave Hogwarts and embark on a quest to find the Horcruxes in which Lord Voldemort has hidden part of his soul. They revisit places from Hermione’s childhood, trying to escape the grip that Voldemort allies have in the Ministry of Magic.

Most of the characters that we’ve come to know are in this movie, but some like Severus Snape (Alan Rickman), Voldemort (Ralph Fiennes), Bellatrix (Helena Bonham Carter), and the Weasleys only get minutes, if not seconds of screen time. Hermione is still the one brainy third of the pack, and that comes very handy considering they have no clues of where to find the Horcruxes. Ron also gets less screen time due to him seemingly abandoning Harry and Hermione on their quest.

What I never liked too much about this franchise is that each movie has gotten increasingly darker in tone than its predecessor, but I guess it’s understandable considering its targeted audience has matured along with the main characters. However, being dark in tone seems to be one of the strengths of this franchise, making it appealing to a wider audience. Part I, though incomplete, sets the pace perfectly for which, in my opinion, will be an unforgettable conclusion.