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…

Saving Mr. Banks (♦♦♦♦)

After 20 years trying to lure author P.L. Travers to sign off the rights of Mary Poppins to Disney's Studios, Walt Disney invites Mrs. Travers to California to approve the script, but the uptight lady isn't too keen on negotiations after all this time. It takes Walt Disney to share with her the truth of his humble beginnings and the promise that he made to his daughters of remaining true to the vision of Mary Poppins.

Saving Mr. Banks is wonderfully acted by Tom Hanks (THF-I, THF-II) as Walt Disney, Emma Thompson as P.L. Travers, Colin Farrell as Travers Goff, and Paul Giamatti as the limo driver.

Uptight British manners played against American cultural differences with great humorous effect, bubbly music, and heartfelt portrayal of family life, are elements that contribute to make Saving Mr. Banks one of the most splendid films of 2013.

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  1. I'm curious - how do you watch most of the movies that you review? DVD? Streaming? One of the movie channels on TV?

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    1. Xfinity On Demand, Netflix and Google Play (the last two streaming).

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  2. I thought this film was wonderful too :-)

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  3. I loved this movie! I wasn't sure Tom Hanks could pull off playing Walt but he is so good at getting into character with his roles.

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    1. They're was a time when I doubted Tom Thanks could play any serious character, but that was a very long time ago. He is one gifted actor.

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  4. I enjoyed this much more than I expected.
    Lynn :D

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  5. Yes! This was a lovely film. I took my parents to the movie theater to see this one Christmas and we all liked it a lot. I liked Emma Thompson as the fussy author PL Travers.

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    1. Yes, she gave hell to Walt Disney for the movie rights. At the end of the movie they played some of the tapes with the original P.L. Travers reviewing comma after comma, and it seems Thompson nailed her.

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  6. I really want to watch this film :)

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    1. I strongly recommend it. Thanks for visiting, Nikki-Ann.

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