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…

Ant-Man (♦♦♦♦)

Out of jail and out of his first job for hiding the fact that he has a past as a famous burglar, Scott Lang seems to be out of options to earn his living legally. A friend offers him a place to stay and a stint as the cat burglar he is. (Un)Fortunately, the safe he cracks open doesn't contain riches but a secret suit that can make its wearer a miniature soldier, an Ant-Man.

Smart, inventive, and very funny, Ant-Man gives a playful treatment to the superheroes genre evocative of the first Iron Man movie. There is lots of adventure and fast paced action to satisfy action junkies, and enough destruction (in "small scale") to please the younger crowd. The motivation behind Ant-Man's actions, which is to become the man his daughter sees in him, will appeal to families as well.

Overall, Ant-Man is a better alternative for more discerning movie-goers to a genre that at times seems not to have anything new left to offer, proof that old stories can be presented in a more satisfying package.

Paul Rudd (Scott Lang, Ant-Man), Michael Douglas (Dr. Hank Pym), Evangeline Lilly (Hope, Dr. Pym's daughter), Corey Stoll (Darren Cross, Yellowjacket, Pym's protegé), Michael Peña (Luis, Scott's friend), Anthony Mackie (Falcon Avenger)


  1. I am not really a superhero kind of girl, unless they are female. Ha Ha. But thanks for the review.

    1. Me neither, but some of them are really good like the first two Iron Man, Captain America (the first one because I haven't seen the second), and Ant-Man. Oh, and Superman and Batman...Gee, it sounds like I'm a superhero girl after all. ;-)

  2. I guess I've let the super hero movies go without seeing them too. But Ant-Man at least seems to have some humor. Ant-Man I like that title.

    1. It is about a super soldier the size of an ant, hence the title. This one is very funny and pokes fun at its bigger cousins Avengers and Iron Man.


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