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…

Thor 3D (♦♦♦)

The realm of Asgard has an uneasy peace with the neighboring realm of Bifrost, but when some of its inhabitants intrude in Asgard palace’s weapons hall, impetuous Thor (Chris Hemsworth) interprets it as an act of war. Odin (Anthony Hopkins), king of Asgard, drives away Thor from his realm to suffer penance for his rash actions and learn humility among humans.

Natalie Portman, Rene Russo and Stellan Skarsgård co-star.

This is the first movie I watch in 3D, and it took me about half the movie to get used to the eyeglasses; I’m not sure if that was the reason why the screen sometimes looked blurry and the battle scenes were hard to follow.

Anthony Hopkins was great as Odin. Rene Russo was miscast and didn’t get enough screen time. Chris Hemsworth and Natalie Portman had good chemistry together.

If you enjoy the movies where everything gets smashed and everyone fights for a “powerful” reason, then this is a movie you shouldn’t miss.