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…

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 2 (♦♦♦)

After the 75th Hunger Games went up in flames, the leader of the rebellion, President Coin, has kept Katniss as the unifying element of the revolution. Peeta and the victors who were kept hostage by President Snow in The Capitol, have been liberated but at what price?! They have been tormented and brainwashed.

The rebels are planning a final offensive against the Capitol, but Katniss decides to go rogue and makes it her mission to kill President Snow in his mansion. Little does she know that the stakes are higher than she has anticipated, and that President Coin's will to win at all cost will prove devastating for Katniss in particular, and for Panem in general.

Mockingjay, Part 2, the final installment in The Hunger Games franchise, is darker and grittier than any of its predecessors combined. It manages to keep the audience alert, something that wasn't achieved in Mockingjay, Part 1, but not to the point of excitement as was the case in The Hunger Games and Catching Fire.

There was grit in the Games, but also the allure of the unknown kept the audience guessing. In Mockingjay, Part 2, reality has intruded, and mind you, it is the reality of war and the devastating effects of it. Just to show how intricate their lives have become, the lighting all through the film is kept dark, changing to colorful only during the final scenes.

My favorite two movies in the franchise were one and two, but without Mockingjay, Part 1 and 2 the story is incomplete.

Jennifer Lawrence (Katniss), Josh Hutcherson (Peeta), Liam Hemsworth (Gale), Donald Sutherland (President Snow), Woody Harrelson (Haymitch), Elizabeth Banks (Effie), Caesar (Stanley Tucci), Prim and Katniss' mother, reprise their roles, as well as Philip Seymour Hoffman (Plutarch Heavensbee), and Julianne Moore (President Coin).


  1. Well, as you know I liked Mockingjay the book and Part 1. Looking forward to this one. My grandson (11) is reading the Gregor the Overlander series by Suzanne Collins and devouring them. I haven't read those, have you? I wonder what she will write next.

    1. You'll probably like this final installment, Judy, though for me, the last two movies paled in comparison with the first two.
      I hadn't heard about Gregor the Overlander. I'm glad your grandson is enjoying the series. If I get to read it, I'll probably be the last one in the blogosphere, as is usually the case. :-)

  2. I'm pleased you enjoyed this, even if not as gripping as film 1 and 2. To be honest I found the last book less gripping than the previous books too.

    1. I found that there was too much scheming and planning and not much action in the last two.

  3. Yeah I stopped after the first two Hunger Games films. but I read all three books. I think that was enough for me. I know what happens ...

    1. I know what you mean. Well, you saw the best two.


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