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 Descendants (♦♦♦)

When his wife has a boating accident and falls into an irreversible coma, Matt King (George Clooney) must cope with the loss of his wife and fill the void of the missing parent by taking care of his ten year-old daughter Scotty and seventeen year-old Alexandra. Meanwhile, Matt, as the trustee of his family land, must make the decision of whether or not to sell his ancestors’ estate to the brother-in-law of the man with whom Matt’s wife was having an affair.

The Descendants is a family drama about a few issues: loss of a parent/spouse, marital betrayal, good parenting and ultimately forgiveness. These points are very well stated though the movie is rather slow.

There is something worth mentioning about the plot which is a line delivered by George Clooney at the start of the movie: just because you live in paradise doesn’t mean that life stops happening. That is also a successful point throughout the film. Beautiful Hawaiian seascapes contrast with the seriousness of the situation the King family is facing.

Even though George Clooney’s acting in this film is good, I preferred his role as the political candidate in The Ides of March. In my opinion, that performance was nothing short of brilliant.

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