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…

Tangled (♦♦♦♦)

The queen is in labor but sick, so the kingdom’s doctors resort to the healing powers of a magical flower to get her well. The queen gives birth to princess Rapunzel (Mandy Moore). Then evil Mother Gothel (Donna Murphy) kidnaps the princess--to use her mane as the fountain of youth--and keeps her locked in a tower deep in the forest. On the eve of Rapunzel’s eighteenth birthday, Flynn Rider (Zachary Levi), a wanted thief, climbs up Rapunzel’s tower and she escapes with him to watch the annual flying lanterns.

This movie is charming family fun, and I can’t help but say it’s romantic as well. The music is catchy; I particularly enjoyed “Mother knows best”. I also liked that evil Mother Gothel wasn’t evil in the traditional Disney sense: she didn’t try to kill Rapunzel, though she imprisoned her against her will. In this more evolved evil character than most of Disney’s, Mother Gothel is highly manipulative and twisted, but not homicidal.

Great movie for the whole family! Not to be missed.

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