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…

War Horse (♦♦♦♦)

Ted Narracott, Albert’s father, buys a spirited young horse at a market auction. Few farmers would give any money for that horse, but Ted sees potential in it and wins the bid for thirty guineas. World War I comes along and horses are in high demand, so to save his family from ruin, Ted sells Joey, Albert’s horse, to a British officer.

When the officer loses his life in an ambush against German forces, Joey changes hands becoming a German war horse. Over the course of the conflagration, Joey changes hands over and over, until after overcoming terrible obstacles, he is recovered by British soldiers towards the end of the war.

The cinematography in this film is fantastic and so is the photography. The sweeping English countryside is vastly and beautifully captured.

The war scenes are very graphic yet drag along endlessly, almost making you forget the title of the movie. Just then the horse reappears and makes the last half hour of this film poignant and epic.

There are not great performances in this motion picture; human characters are secondary to the story and they know it, letting the horse be the leading force with all the nuances and the drama that fuels the plot.

Overall, War Horse is an epic, beautiful film with war scenes that drag along a bit, but with a satisfying ending.

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