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 Grey (♦♦♦)

A small plane, transporting personnel employed by the petroleum industry in Alaska’s wilderness, crashes leaving only seven male survivors in its aftermath. The remains of the plane land on a remote, snowy, mountainous terrain that is home to a wolf pack. The men decide to walk across the snow to a nearby forest, but the farther they go into the trees, the less of them that come out alive.

Liam Neeson is very convincing as the man whose only purpose is to defeat the wolf pack and come out alive. Unfortunately, the story is very predictable. The script is good, but it doesn’t offer many challenges as far as acting is concerned. The suspense is kept until the end, but with a bunch of angry wolves stalking their human prey, it’s not hard to anticipate who wins this fight.

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