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…

Marvel’s The Avengers (♦♦♦½)

A cube with sustainable, unlimited energy of the nuclear kind has been stolen by Locki, Thor’s vengeful brother…Of course, Locki didn’t arrive from Asgard alone; he brought with him an army of lethal machines. What other choice does the director of S.H.I.E.L.D. have but to unleash the Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Captain America (Chris Evans), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) and Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) on Locki and his army of extraterrestrial creatures?

Lots of action and mostly destruction, plenty of blown off aircrafts and alien monsters are the highlights of The Avengers. I have to say that in spite of Tony Stark’s ever present and self-adoring humor, The Avengers didn’t impress me in the least; I expected more substance and less fireworks, but what can I say? The summer season is finally here!

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