Snapshots - #42: Thor: Ragnarok, Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool, LBJ

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…

Jobs (♦♦♦♦)

In 1977, Steve Jobs together with Steve Wozniak launched the first Apple computer to the market. As the company grew, so did Apple’s problems since Steve’s ego managed to alienate his former contributors and his new employees. As his dreams of making Apple stand out from the competition, Steve began to see his role in the company he founded diminished until he was voted off from it by the Board of Directors. After several years and many corporate woes, Steve Jobs was brought back to the company he founded to steer it in the right direction.

Jobs lets the human being behind Steve Jobs, the Apple founder, shine, and we get to see creativity and a genius in the making. His irreverence was both annoying and endearing. Rather than finding the man disagreeable, I found him blunt, and his brain possibly beyond the wavelength of the normal, square box thinker. Jobs did justice to an original thinker who proved that it’s not by making things better but by doing them differently that we ultimately succeed.

Initially I thought that Steve Wozniak, Jobs contributor, was the brain behind Apple computer. But if the movie paints an accurate depiction of events (do they ever?!) then Jobs was the man who saw potential in Wozniak’s invention; he saw potential usage of the personal computer for the common man. That I say take a giant leap of imagination and that’s what made the man unique.

I have to acknowledge that Ashton Kutcher as Steve Jobs was a bold choice since he is not known for serious roles. Even in the goofy movies we so often see Kutcher star in, I generally dislike him. Certainly, he proved in Jobs that the trust was not unfounded; he pulled it off amazingly. Kutcher nailed down Jobs’ mannerisms and was so inspiring that I believed I was watching Jobs himself making history. He may not win awards for this role because there are possibly more noteworthy movies to be nominated this season, but if Kutcher manages to keep himself on this path, no doubt he may become Oscar material.

In summary, Jobs pays homage to a man from our times who managed to conceive products that have changed the way we live. He wasn’t always nice and certainly didn’t play by the rules, but he lived with no regrets and changed the world in the process.