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…

Everything Must Go (♦♦♦½)

Nick (Will Ferrell, Stranger than Fiction) loses his job as a marketing executive the same day his wife decides to abandon him and throw all his belongings to the front yard. She doesn’t want him to contact her in any way; she just wants out of their marriage. During the next three days—time bought by a policeman friend so he could have a estate sale—Nick befriends a new neighbor (Rebecca Hall, The Town), teaches a thing or two about baseball and business to Kenny (Christopher Jordan Wallace), a kid neighbor, and must learn himself to let go of his possessions and face his demons head on.

Michael Peña and Laura Dern co-star.

I did like this movie. The action occurs almost entirely in the yard; despite of it, it feels surprisingly and refreshingly intimate. Will Ferrell excels as a dramatic actor—better this time than in many of his comedic roles—and so does Christopher Jordan Wallace, as the kid who steals the show with his direct approach to business and friendship. A slimmer Michael Peña plays the role of friend/villain, as if it were needed given everything that is going on; regardless, his role provides the much needed wake-up call for Nick.

More insightful than funny this movie is a must-see.