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Movie Review – Logan


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James Mangold’s Logan, the third Wolverine solo film in the X-Men series, seems to take place after the events of Days of Future Past. Yes, so did X-Men: Apocalypse, but this one more specifically takes place after the altered version of DOFP‘s future storyline – the one with the “old” cast – where everything’s fine again, all the characters who died didn’t actually die, the Sentinels never attacked, and so on. Sadly, I’m told that this will be the final movie to ever feature the old X-Men and that it’s Young Xavier and company from here on out. As for this being Hugh Jackman‘s final time as Logan/Wolverine, I believe he deserves the break after 17 years of the same thing.

The movie is loosely based on the 2008 Wolverine storyline Old Man Logan by Mark Millar (Kick-Ass, Wanted). That comic book storyline took place in a world where supervillains actually defeated superheroes and split the United States up into territories ruled by different villains. Wolverine, now old, retired and lived with his family. When his family died, Wolverine came out of retirement and destroyed everyone who got in his way.

In a Children of Men-esque near future where mutant kind is going extinct, he hides with an infirm Charles Xavier (Patrick Stewart) on a remote farm, providing medicine for the aging professor so as to prevent seizures that, seeing as they’re happening to the world’s most powerful telepath, are significantly more dangerous than regular seizures. The two are kept safe by Caliban (Stephen Merchant), a mutant-tracker who may or may not be the same Caliban who runs the mutant trafficking business in X-Men: Apocalypse.

The acting in this movie is just spectacular. Patrick Stewart steals the show as Charles Xavier. He has played this role many times before but playing the character as a dementia-ridden old man who has a tragedy that his own brain has hidden from him makes for a fascinating character study. Seriously, this is Stewart’s defining moment as Charles Xavier and might be one of the best acting moments in any comic book movie.

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The standout is, of course, newcomer Dafne Keen as Laura Kinney. I’ve seen some reactionary chat along the lines of “Will Logan be the first superhero movie to be nominated for Best Picture!?!?” (no), but if Keen got a surprise nod in the acting categories, it genuinely wouldn’t seem like such a terrible shout on first viewing (though it’s obviously too early to say).

What holds Logan back from being the “masterpiece” many are prematurely claiming it to be is the fact that the quality dips noticeably as the film goes on. For a start, like all superhero films clocking in at two hours and twenty minutes, it’s twenty minutes too long. The “rest and recuperation” section drags, as does its neighbouring, all-too-standard sacrificial lamb sequence.

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All in all, I’d recommend Logan to any high-octane film fan. X-Men and Marvel fans I’m sure will be all over it regardless, but if an X-Men virgin and regular critic of the genre such as myself can enjoy its hard-hitting set pieces, interesting character development, and freshly dark tone, then that can only be a good sign.

Rating – 4 out of 5

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Continuity Errors of the future past – Review and other thoughts. *Minor Spoilers*


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X-Men: Days of the Future Past was one of the most anticipated comic book movies and was said to be Singer’s most anticipated project. Did it work, check out my review?

Days of the Future Past in a nutshell is a movie where Wolverine from future travels in past with help of his Mutant friends, into his younger self’s body to meet his mutant friends to save Wolverine and his mutant friends from apocalyptic future that is in store for Wolverine and his mutant friends. Wolverine also replaces Cable and Bishop as in house time traveller instead of the ones who are actually in the source material.

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I am not hating on this movie. If you see it as a standalone movie then it is brilliant. No wonder it is doing so well worldwide. But the moment you starting looking at it with respect to previous X-Men movies a massive shitload of issues start coming up. Singer has tried his best to compromise story for visual effects and action scenes that till far is of best quality. A large part of this movie is wasted on dynamic of Xavier-Magneto-Mystique that is nowhere close to the chemistry Vaughn did with X-Men: First Class, in second half it gets even feely that at a point I yawned. 90% of the cast along with Peter Dinklage is underused but that is now so common with all the X movies. Something I’ve learned for X movies are that the characters who are promoted the most are first to die or get least amount of screen time. Michael Fassbender and Jenifer Lawrence shine up high and they steal the show with their acting. Not to forget the stunt scenes Lawrence has performed are simply splendid. Singer trying to fix the franchise creates more continuity errors because in the end of the day it is implied that original X-Men trilogy is in same universe as First Class.

I don’t know why every review is saying that Quicksilver steals the show. Yes he does something in 5 minutes of his pentagon sequence that Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine has failed to achieve in 6 solo movies. For me Bink’s sequences were the most amazing part of this movie. Her teleport sequences are so beautifully choreographed. I’d like to see more of her and Quicksilver in future X movies but it is more likely that she gets wiped out of continuity by the time movie ends.

Now let me tell you about the massive ego Bryan Singer has, not only with Marvel studios where he used Quicksilver for 15 minutes and promoted him as he is part of the main cast of the movie but with his own franchise. He has tried his best to neglect the story and continuity set by Matthew Vaughn with First Class. It is implied that apart from the 3 main characters and Hulk-Beast (Yes that is a term now) everyone is killed. In the end it is all about X-Men franchise and Bryan Singer and no one else.

*Spoilers*

Trying to fix the franchise X-Men 3 is now gone out of continuity and along with it events of James Mangold’s Wolverine no more exist as well. He could have gone with a total or soft reboot for the franchise but he was too busy saving everything that he created and wiping everyone else’s work from the franchise.

Now let’s talk about some continuity errors. No I am not going to tell you about how Pokemon Trask are two different people in this and X-Men 3 (Pokemon coz he must have evolved in future) or how Quicksilver in X-Men Origins: Wolverine was a 8 year old kid, a movie that will take place a few years after this movie.

It is implied that Mystique at some point was captured and was experimented upon but when, in X-Men 3 she was depowered so unless Trask was so optimistic that he kept waiting for Mystique to gain her powers again there is no explanation when Sentinels were designed on her gene patterns.

Talking about Sentinels, if there were sentinels in X-Men universe since beginning then why they were never mentioned other than that one danger room training sequence. Also when Magneto attacked Liberty Island in first X-Men movie where were they?

Professor X is seen walking in this movie after compromising his powers, but we saw him atleast twice walking with his mind control powers intact. First when he and Magneto go to recruit young Jean in flashbacks of X-Men 3 and when he appears in X-Men Origins: Wolverine.

Did I say Professor X and Magneto went to recruit Jean together, well there is still no explanation for that since now they are bloodthirsty enemies and Magneto escaped once again. Also I remember Charles said that he made Cerebro with Magneto’s help, well lol.

Also if The Wolverine never happened, then how come he wakes up in Xavier mansion with strands of white hair? If he never lost his claws and the healing factor that means his aging process is not more affecting him that means he is no more growing old.

*End Spoilers*

Now from general audience’s point of view I noticed something interesting. A lot of people while getting out of theaters were talking about how Bryan Singer’s Quicksilver is the same grown up Quicksilver we saw in Strucker’s captivity. Since X-Men franchise is very much based on capturing and experimenting on the mutants so people kind of believe that Aaron Taylor-Johnson is simply playing the older version of Evans Peters’ character. Keep in mind that they unlike us don’t read as many newspapers and interview and are not keen on knowing what studio rivalry is. This may work in Marvel’s favor when we start getting promos of Avengers: Age of Ultron.

Also the sentinels design looks a lot like Destroyer from Thor. People actually thought that sentinels are actually based on same blueprints from where Coulson’s gun was made because you know fire breathing dragons like huge robots are probably made on same design. Someone even said that Tony Stark must be involved in Sentinel creation.

And talking about Wolverine, Hugh Jackman is an amazing actor and he truly brings Wolverine to life on screen, I hope one day he’ll team up with original Avengers on screen and I’ll cry my eyes out. Just that they are overdoing him. He is like the center of X-Men movie universe that should not be. One creepy thing X franchise is moving to is that next time we’ll see Wolverine in X-Men: Apocalypse, Jean and Cyclops will be a part of the team and both will be teenagers while Wolverine will be a 100 year old by then. The timeline will coincide with original X-Men trilogy when Jean grows up to be an adult and has a love affair with Logan. I mean Logan hitting on a girl he knew since she was a 16 year old is too creepy even to think about it.

X-Men movies have always been my guilty pleasure. Singer has worked really hard to connect most of the movies as best as he could, but continuity flaws are going to be there, it is not something one can ignore. This could have been a lot better if there was more concentration on the story rather than CGI but there is nothing one can do about it. The movie is still better than The Amazing Spider-Man 2 but just a little bit behind Captain America: The Winter Soldier. It fails to creates any new standards but it seems Singer has a lot more amaze kept in store if he is involved in future projects is something we’ll see.

My rating 4 out of 5

Movie Review: Hugh Jackman…Errr The Wolverine


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Surprised about the title? Well, The Wolverine is a movie or better say whole X-Men franchise is all about Hugh Jackman. He adds his own flavor to the film and somehow has been a convincing Wolverine for a class of moviegoers, of-course people who have no idea of the source material.

Hugh Jackman is back in his sixth outing as every one’s favorite Canadian X-Man. Wolverine’s first solo adventure on the big screen turned out to be an absolute garbage. If you think about it, all of Fox’s X-Men projects are filled with flaws. The Wolverine is no exception, but it is much easier to overlook the flaws in this film than in any previous one. Is it the Wolverine that we all want? NO. It is however a good take on the character and an all around decent film.

Wolverine follows from X-Men: The Last Stand still going through the guilt that he killed Jean. He is living life of a Hermit in Canadian Rockies and then accompanies Yukio to Japan to meet an old friend. I wonder how come Wolverine still remembers him if he lost all memory in first Wolverine movie? In Japan he gets there and magically falls in love with Mariko – which didn’t come through on the big screen. Also, it was rather funny seeing a 6’2″ Jackman towering over the Japanese actors when Wolverine is really supposed to be their height or shorter.

Yuiko (Rila Fukoshima) might have been my favorite character in the film. She is hinted at being a mutant, but in the comic she isn’t. They give her this kind of precognition power, but never come right out and say she is a mutant. She does have the same epic martial arts skill as her comic counterpart and again they keep the basic essence of the character intact.

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The character that they truly screw up royally is the Silver Samurai. Screwed up, but not nearly as bad as you might think. Silver Samurai is supposed to be a frickin’ mutant who has the power to charge his sword and cut through anything – accept adamantium. The comic storyline saw Wolvie go over to Japan and learn – the frickin’ way – the way of the Samurai. Not “put two hands on the sword to form blazing sword”. It was absolutely terrible!

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There is absolute no use of rest of the supporting character in the film. Hugh Jackman stands above all and in process they absolutely ruin characters of Viper and Harada. Spoilers begin here so skip ahead if you still haven’t watch the film. I am irritated over his loss of adamantium claws. I feel like Fox wanted to show his bone claws, which I can understand in a movie about Logan’s vulnerability. I get it, but I don’t like it. My biggest flaw with Fox controlling the mutant franchise is the way the mess with all of the characters. Silver Samurai does not have a sword that can cut Wolverine’s claws. One of the most epic moments in Wolverine lore is when Magneto gets pissed at Logan and rips his adamantium through his pores. Wolverine without claws is like Harry Potter without his Magic Wand. And did they explain how Adamantium Robocop was going to take Wolverine’s healing power? Okay. Bore into Wolverine’s bone marrow, but does that give Yashida the mutant X-Gene which is actually the source of the power?

There is an EPIC after credit scene that sets up Days of Future Past and other than that there was nothing worth watching in the film.

My rating 2 out of 5

Stop Overusing Wolverine


Wolverine is among few of the awesomest comic book personas ever created. He’s headlined major comic books, animated TV shows, Major toylines and four major movies. He once brought an uncanny appeal to comic books. His past was a mystery, and he wasn’t afraid to cross boundaries the only thing he cared about getting the job done. He was the badass character that became an icon among comic book lovers. Yet over the years, Wolverine’s extreme popularity lead to Marvel including him in any comic book title they can. He is being overexposed.

The way Wolverine is overused and hyped it makes many comic book fans angry and frustrated . when Wolverine is able to switch his position again and again between X Men,  -Force, Avengers, The New Avengers and his own series the whole sense of continuity which is liked by fans get quite complicated.Last year’s X-Men event X-Men: Schism happened at the same time with Fear Itself where wolveine was a center. Comic books deserve some respect, they at least have to follow some sense of continuity, and that all is spoiled after Marvel just to get some extra sales they decide to throw Logan on the cover, it certainly would get fans angry and unsatisfied with lot of question marks.

With a level of insecurity surrounding the comics industry in current times, there is some logic as to why Marvel sticks Wolverine in anything they can,may be because when a newcomer comes with an idea of buying a comic book for the first time they dont know most of the characters so they go with the obvious names like Batman and Wolverine. At times Mavel sticks with him in major storyline without giving in any significance. Eg. Wolverine could easily be removed from Fear Itself or the main Avengers series. Especially since the character’s lost the appeal he had. His origin has been explored and explored over and over again, taking away the original appeal that went with the character.  Why include him in two Avengers titles, if fan favourite characters like Bucky Barnes and Hawkeye are going to get pushed aside? It’s frustrating and stupid.

It also makes people frustrated how Wolverine continuously stars in X-Men movies when Marvel and Fox studios can move forward with projects for other characters. Fox have the rights for The Fantastic 4 and Daredevil. It’s about time they use them, instead of giving us more mediocre Wolverine origin movies . Or at least maybe expand on the Wolverine mythos, and give us a movie based on his son Daken,Who have became a far edgier, more compelling character than his father in recent years.Also the Deadpool movie in works for almost 3 years needs to be released now following with a R Rated X-Force movie or a Cable origin movie.They already spoiled three X-Men movies just to hype that Character and forcefully threw in his cameo in X-Men First Class. Also Hugh Jackman adds a tone of his own to that character and doesn’t satisfies the fanboys as the qualities of Wolverine. Wolverine in comics is short blood thirsty mutant while Hugh Jackman is a tall mysterious guy who who doesn’t has the thirst to kill instead more of a military strategist and a savior.I nowadays prefer Tom Hardy more as a likely wolverine than Jackman.

Wolverine’s days are over now. There are far better characters deserving of the attention and popularity Wolverine has. If he is removed from the Avengers line up then it would become clear why he is much better with X-Men than the attention he is getting. Perhaps now the Avengers movie draws near, we might see a more classic Avengers line up without him.