Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Movie Review - Logan


   There was a lot of positive buzz on the new X-Men film and, even though I managed my expectations, the movie still blew my mind.  I wasn't prepared for the gut-wrenching feelings twisting in my stomach as I watched familiar characters run through the meat grinder.  It isn't the juicy splatterfest (though the brutality involved is appalling) but the emotional wringer I experienced.  It tears at your heart to see the proud and supposedly unbreakable Wolverine reduced as such; even more so with the dignified Charles Xavier.

  Hugh Jackman's gives everything into his final foray as the titular wild mutant.  He is unrecognizable with his unkempt hair and shabby appearance but his acting shines through the facade as he limps and growls through all the obstacles thrown at him.  He does stumble near the end with his lumbering gait and so Patrick Stewart overtakes him in the acting department.  One shouldn't have to see the fatherly Xavier broken like that.  Such a painful sight to behold but what a masterful performance.  Defne Keen as Laura is also to be commended as a frightening revelation.  Her action scenes might be film trickery but she does this young version of the character justice.

  This film is grim, yes, but the brutality sets it apart.  With its new rating, the violence is ramped up to exploit the true horror of Wolverine's weapons.  Blood and guts, gore galore.  The abundance of swearing in a usually controlled setting took some time to get used to as well.  The story is supposedly based on a comic arc Old Man Logan but this is a more realistic, non-apocalyptic future.  Being set away from main cities kept evidences of handy technological advances to a minimum, though cyborg enhancements are no longer surprises.  There are no extravagant displays of flashy special effects, well, except for the camera shaking one.  There isn't that much in terms of regular heroism as expected in a Marvel movie.  This is a grounded type of story, grounded so hard into the unforgiving, dirty floor.

   This isn't a superhero movie.  I consider this an alternate 'Days of Future Past' timeline, one that hopefully will not come to pass.  But either way, Logan is an unforgettable masterpiece as a superhero alternative.

  Just to geek out, SPOILERS below!
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  I knew it was Donald Pierce!  Great portrayal.  The Reavers were teched out too.  I recognized Bonebreaker from the haircut.  No tank treads though, haha.

  I thought X-24 was going to be Predator X but I guess an animal would break the realistic feel.  I thought it was Sabertooth reborn coming back.  Would have been wild if it was Daken instead but, honestly, they could have combined the other mutant genes to create a hybrid instead of another Wolverine clone.

  Who in the world were the children?  Rictor looked like he did some telekinesis.  What happened to the flame thrower?  The black electrical kid isn't Bolt or Berserker.  Who's that ice princess?  The lizard boy is Anole?  There aren't the New Mutants or even the Academy X kids.  The way they disposed of Pierce was frightening.

   Loved the classic comic appearing, even though I don't recognize it.  Who wrote that and who drew it to?  

  Xavier's mental maelstrom was well executed.  Terrifying to see in action and the alluded event must have been more catastrophic.

  I'm so glad this isn't Old Man Logan.  This is much better, even if it's something I wouldn't want to be canon.  Maybe Laura can find her way to the prime universe though, haha.
  

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