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…

Now You See Me (♦♦♦½)

Four street performing magicians are summoned seemingly at random to an address in New York City, the objective, to be collective performers in a show in Vegas. During their first show they pull off a bank heist on the other side of the Atlantic, and from there they only get fancier and more deceitful, but when nothing is as it seems, the FBI intervenes and takes over the investigation. Are these magicians part of a bigger plan? With the investigators always two steps behind, they enlist the help of an unlikely source.

In my opinion, Now You See Me would have been a lot cooler without so many explanations and maneuvering. I was entertained but utterly confused; it seems to me that the magicians went to all that trouble for something intangible. The Prestige and The Illusionist are two films that come to mind when watching this one, but even those two were more successful in reeling in the audience until the end.

While Now You See Me is entertaining, I think it's too pretentious for its own sake.

Jesse Eisenberg, Mark Ruffalo, Mélanie Laurent, Michael Caine, Dave Franco, Isla Fisher, Woody Harrelson and Morgan Freeman co-star.

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  1. Good review Carmen. I honestly wish I liked this a lot more since it entertained a great deal of me, but the twists and turns just became too much for me after awhile.

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    1. Thanks for stopping by, Dan.
      I agree that they overdid it with so many twists in the plot; it's a pity because the premise seemed very cool.
      Regards.

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