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…

Blue Jasmine (♦♦♦)

Jeanette, or Jasmine (Cate Blanchett) as she makes everyone call her, is a neurotic woman in part due to a high lifestyle that was taken away when her husband Hal (Alec Baldwin) was sent to jail for investing people's money illegally. When Jasmine was rich, she avoided her adopted sister, but now that she's broke she moves from New York City to San Francisco to live with her sister and nephews while she gets back on her feet. Soon enough, Jasmine's neurosis, pathological lying and her expectations about her life and that of her sister's become a sore point in the family.

This Woody Allen's film misses the mark in humor and tone. If Midnight in Paris and Vicky Cristina Barcelona are among his best movies, Blue Jasmine definitely isn’t. Cate Blanchett is OK as Jasmine, but her neurosis far from being funny is not only annoying but borderline manic. That was probably Allen's intention and in that sense she does not disappoint, but after watching her for a while it becomes quite annoying and repetitive. Also repetitive are the forceful attempts to make the audience laugh as if on cue.

In summary, Blue Jasmine disappointed if not bored me. I thought it was a waste of my money.

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