Movie Review: Logan (2017)

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Guys… it is here. The end of an era. Hugh Jackman’s final movie in the “X-Men” franchise. For 17 years we’ve seen this big Australian man put on the adamnatium claws for the sake of our entertainment. And now he is hanging up said claws for good. Well… let’s see if his final outing does him and the character justice.

Ladies and gentlemen… “Logan”.

It’s the near future and we follow an old and broken Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) as he is hiding by the Mexican border together with Charles Xavier (Patrick Stewart). And when they meet a young girl (Dafne Keen) their simple lives change, and they have to face some of the toughest challenges of their lives. And that is all I’m gonna say when it comes to any plot synopsis. And with that said, the plot here is one of self-discovery and redemption. It’s not one of those “Let’s stop the end of the world” movies that we’ve been presented with before. This is a personal movie about Wolverine, about Charles, about this girl… and I fucking loved it. Sure, previous “X-Movies” have dealt with interesting themes and have even ahd some solid drama to them, but none of them have been this personal or even this emotional. And without giving too much away, I cried at a few bits in this movie. So plot-wise I would say that this is a send-off for Hughverine. Tense, exciting, haunting, and emotional.

What I like about the characters here is that they’ve been brought down quute a bit. Sure, I love the badasses in spandex and how mighty they are… but the characters on display here feel very human. You can tell that these people are very flawed and broken, and that makes them so much more engaging to watch. Hugh Jackman has always been great as Logan/Wolverine… but I think this might be his best outing as the character. His performance here is very nuanced and layered, and it’s at tiems even a bit heartbreaking. Yeah, Jackman is fucking fantastic in this. Patrick Stewart was absolutely terrific as Charles Xavier in this. The character is broken and much weaker than he’s ever been, and Stewart really knocks it out of the park here. Dafne Keen plays the little girl, Laura, and she was great. This girl really came out of nowhere, no previous acting experience as far as I know, and she was really great in this movie. She was badass, fierce, and just awesome. Boyd Holbrook (aside from being really handsome) plays Donald Pierce, the antagonist of the movie, and he was great. He was menacing but he was also cool and he worked very well in the movie. We also get Stephen Merchant as Caliban. And he was kind of great. Sure, he never really gets “that big scene”, but I still think he did a really good job here. I’m basing that statement on how putting someone who’s only known for comedy in a drama like this could be end up real bad… but he did a really good job. All the actors did very well in this movie.

The score for this movie was composed by Marco Beltrami and it was pretty fucking good. His score was exciting, haunting, and emotional. It was overall very well composed and it fit the movie very well.

This movie was directed by James Mangold (hence the “Mangoldathon” leading up to it) and he did a phenomenal job. This is a gorgeously shot movie, featuring some really good eye candy. His directing is also pretty intense which leads me into the action and HOLY SHIT this movie is violent. Now, I knew that this movie was rated R, and the trailers showed some violence… but Jesus fucking Christ, I didn’t exactly expect it to be this brutal. But the violence isn’t just there for the sake of violence, it’s here to serve the story. I really don’t think you could have done this movie PG-13, the violence on display in “Logan” is justified for the story they are telling. You have an old and grumpy Logan who just doesn’t give a shit anymore… the R-rating is totally justified. So if you’re a very squeamish person who doesn’t like pools of blood and limbs getting chopped off… you’ve been warned.

This movie has (so far) been very well received. On Rotten Tomatoes it has a 94% positive rating and a “Fresh” certification. On Metacritic it has a score of 77/100. And on imdb.com it has a score of 8,8/10 and is ranked #61 on the “Top 250” list. (Keep in mind, this movie just came out, so any of these scores/rankings might change quite a bit and I’m not editing this stuff as time goes on).

“Logan” is a fantastic action-drama that gives Hugh Jackman and Patrick Stewart the goodbye that they deserve. It has a great plot, fantastic characters, terrific performances, great music, fantastic directing, and great (& brutal) action. Time for my final score. *Snikt!*. My final score for “Logan” is a 9,90/10. Which means that it of course gets the “SEAL OF APPROVAL!”.
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My review of “Logan” is now completed.

Mr. Jackman, Mr. Stewart, if you’re reading this… thank you so much for all these years of Wolverine/Professor X. I’m gonna miss seeing you as these characters, but I also wish you luck with all your future endeavors. *Sniff*. What? I can cry, I’m not made of stone!

Movie Review: The Wolverine (2013)

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Here we are people. The final movie in my “Mangoldathon” series of reviews leading up to the release of “Logan” this coming week. I’ve had fun going through this director’s movies, and I hope you enjoyed reading the reviews that came out of it all. But now we’re here… the last one. So here we go.

Ladies and gentlemen… “The Wolverine”.

After the events of “X-Men: The Last Stand” we find Logan (Hugh Jackman) at his lowest low, hiding out in the middle of nowhere. But one day he gets summoned to Japan by a man (Hal Yamanouchi) he once knew. And soon Logan gets dragged into a conflict which will test him both physically and mentally. And I honestly thought the plot here was really solid. It’s a pretty serious action-drama that touches upon a lot of interesting things regarding the character of Logan, including the themes of mortality and love. And I thought it was pretty damn great… except the last 20-ish minutes of the movie. I mean, that part was entertaining, but it’s such a weird shift in tone from the rest of the movie. Again, the majority of the plot is great, and that final bit of the movie is… fine.

The characters are interesting and entertaining to watch. I think it’s safe to say at this point that Hugh Jackman is awesome as Logan/Wolverine. I mean, the dude’s always been great in the role, but I feel like this might be his best outing as the character (Keep in mind that at the time of writing, I have not seen “Logan”). Here he gets to stretch some of his acting muscles a bit more, getting to show more emotions while also being more of a vulnerable/troubled character. Rila Fukushima plays Logan’s new ally Yukio, and she’s really good in the movie. Tao Okamoto plays Mariko, a young woman that Logan seems to be forming a bit of a romance with, and she’s really good in the movie. Svetlana Khodchenkova plays the character of Viper and while the character might feel a tiny bit out of place, Kodchenkova still did a really good job. And then we also get some great performances from people like Hiroyuki Sanada, Brian Tee, Hal Yamanouchi, Will Yun Lee, and Famke Janssen.

The score for the movie was composed by Marco Beltrami and it was pretty great. It was exciting, it was badass, and fit the location very well. The movie is set in Japan and to help with that, the score did feature some Japanese instruments, and I thought that was pretty cool. And overall the score just fits the movie very well overall.

As stated in the intro of the review, this movie was directed by James Mangold and he really did a great job. He directs the movie with a certain intensity that the other “X-Men” movies kind of lack. Especially the action scenes, which are all really badass and also fairly realistic. Or well, at least compared to other “X-Movies”. And the movie is just gorgeous, there were seriously shots in the movie that made me go “Wow”. Also, this is pretty violent for PG-13… yeah, it’s definitely one of the more violent PG-13 movies I’ve seen.

This movie has gotten some mixed reception. On Rotten Tomatoes it has a 69% positive rating. On Metacritic it has a score of 60/100. And on imdb.com it has a score of 6,7/10.

“The Wolverine” is a really solid action movie with some great character stuff for Logan/Wolverine. It has a really good plot, good characters, great performances, great music, and great directing. However, I am deducting some points because of that weird shift in tone near the end of the film. Time for my final score. *Snikt*. My final score for “The Wolverine” is a 9,01/10. I’d say that it’s worth buying.
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My review of “The Wolverine” is now completed.

And that’s it for the “Mangoldathon”… Hope “Logan” is good.

Movies I’m looking forward to in 2017

Hi there guys, and welcome to this little post of mine. New year, new movies! I know that we’re a bit over a week into the new year, but I can justify this post by saying that no movies I’m looking forward to have come out yet. So this list still works. Ha!

Rule #1: My list, not yours, so no bitching allowed. We’ve gone through this time and time again, so it should be burnt into your god damn heads by now. Cool? Cool.

Rule #2: This will not be a ranked list of my most anticipated movies of the year. There are so many movies I’m looking forward to this year that it will be impossible for me to rank them. I’m just listing the ones that I’m looking forward to, nothing else.

Rule #3: I am not including any of the movies that were limited in 2016 and got full releases in early 2017. I’m just not going to, including them would be cheating.

I only have one honorable mention for this, and that is “The Dark Tower”. I am a big fan of the book series, and I am cautiously optimistic about the film adaptation set to be released later this year. But we haven’t seen any footage yet, so it’s impossible for me to be genuinely excited about it.

With that out of the way, here are my most anticipated movies of 2017.

Justice League Dark.

Kicking off this list is an upcoming DC animated, direct-to-video feature about Batman (Jason O’Mara) gathering up some mystic/supernatural heroes to stop an overwhelming supernatural threat. These animated movies can be very hit-or-miss for many, but I am always looking forward to them. It’ll be nice seeing the DC animation team tackel the more supernatural side of the DC universe. Also, Matt Ryan came back to voice John Constantine… and that makes me all kinds of happy.

Logan.

Here we have possibly my most anticipated movie of the year. The trailer is great, and we already know that Hugh Jackman is fantastic as Wolverine. And James Mangold has proven himself as a very capable director, so I am sure that this will be a great film. I just know that I will cry in the cinema when I go see this. If not for a well made/sad scene, then at least because I know that this will be the last time I’ll see Hugh Jackman and Patrick Stewart in their iconic “X-Men” roles.

War for the Planet of the Apes.

I am a big fan of the last two “Planet of the Apes” movies, I thought they both brought a lot to the franchise. “Rise” was great, and then “Dawn” came out and turned out to be even better. Matt Reeves did such a fantastic job with that movie that I have no real worries for this new one.

Justice League.

The DCEU hasn’t faired the best in terms of critical reception. As for my opinions: I thought “Man of Steel” was really good, I thought “Batman v Superman” was okay, and I haven’t seen “Suicide Squad” yet. Now, despite the mixed reception of these movies, I am still looking forward to this movie. I am a little bit reserved, but it still seems like it could be a somewhat entertaining action movie. Plus, you can’t deny the excitement of seeing all these characters come together on the big screen for the first time.

John Wick: Chapter 2.

The first “John Wick” was such a big surprise. It was a fantastic action movie that just came out of fucking nowhere. It also featured the best performance we’ve ever seen from Keanu Reeves. So I am super excited for the sequel, which we’re not gonna have to wait too long for. Also, I am really excited about seeing Keanu Reeves and Laurence Fishburne reuniting… I just love “The Matrix”, okay.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.

The first “Guardians of the Galaxy” was a pretty big surprise in terms of both quality and profits. Not only did it make a shit-ton of money, but it also became my favorite MCU movie. It had everything I needed: Action, humor, interesting characters… space. So I am of course incredibly excited about this sequel which looks prettty great.

Baby Driver.
This movie has no trailer yet, but I am still very excited about it. Why? Firstly, the cast is pretty great. And secondly, it’s written and directed by Edgar Wright. Yeah, this is some exciting stuff.

Star Wars Episode 8.
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No title, no trailer, no nothin’. But it’s motherfucking “Star Wars”, so of course I’m excited. “Star Wars”!

Spider-Man: Homecoming.

Spidey’s (Tom Holland) appearance in “Captain America: Civil War” was one of my favorite things in any movie of 2016. Which of course made interested in seeing this version of the character in his own movie. Then a whole bunch of months later the first trailer for “Spider-Man: Homecoming” drops and yeah, I’m on board. If anything, it looks fun. And Michael Keaton seems like he will make a pretty intimidating Vulture. Yeah, this is pretty exciting.

Wonder Woman.

Another DCEU movie coming to us this year, and it looks really interesting. Even though the character of Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot) felt very shoehorned into “Batman v Superman”, she was very entertaining (her entrance into the final battle being a standout moment). So I am interested to see what she’ll do in ehr very own movie, set during World War 1, and getting acquainted with the only Chris that Marvel hadn’t already snagged yet. I’m at least hoping for some badass action scenes featuring this badass woman.

Kong: Skull Island.

I am a fan of monster movies. I am also one of the few people that legitimately liked 2014’s “Godzilla”. So I was already excited for another “King Kong” movie. Then this trailer came out and it was pretty cool. Also, Tom Hiddleston looks a lot like Leon Kennedy from “Resident Evil 4” in this trailer. Long story short, I want to see a giant gorilla wreck some shit!

The Fate of the Furious.

Wait, this stupid franchise actually became good!? Yeah, it kind of did. “Fast Five” was great, “Fast & Furious 6” was good, and “Furious 7” was really good. Yeah, I’m as surprised as you are. From “Point Break” with cars to really big, loud, and stupid action fests that actually entertained me and also somehow gave a touching send-off to one of it’s primary castmates… Yeah, this franchise is full of surprises. And this movie looks just as stupid and fun as the last few.

Alien: Covenant.

I love “Alien”. I think I love “Aliens”. Three and four we don’t talk about. We also don’t talk about the “AvP” movies. And I liked “Prometheus”. And this movie looks like it can get tesne and scary… like “Alien”. There’s not much else to say… I’m excited.

Resident Evil: Vendetta.

No, not the stupid fucking live action bullshit. This is the third part in the animated “Resident Evil” movie franchise. I actually reviewed the previous two movies if you wanna know my thoughts on them, you just have to search “Resident Evil” to find them (#ShamelessPlug). But long story short, they are enjoyable and I am really excited for this third installment which looks stupid and really fun.

Kingsman: The Golden Circle.
The first “Kingsman” was a giant surprise. It was a January movie that actually turned out to be great… yeah, who would have thought. It was a terrific action movie that also kind of parodied the spy genre without actually mocking it. And with the director and star of that movie returning for the sequel… yeah, I am really excited.

Mute.
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“What?”, I hear you asking. “Mute” is an upcoming Netflix original science fiction movie directed by Duncan Jones. You know, the very talented director that made “Moon”, “Source Code”, and “Warcraft” who also happens to be the son of David Bowie. The movie will star Alexander Skarsgård, Paul Rudd (pictured above with a glorious mustache), and Justin Theroux. I am a big fan of Jones’ previous movies, so this is a no-brainer for me to put on this list. Also, my love for science fiction is a factor in my excitement. Duncan Jones has stated that this is set in the same universe/timeline as “Moon”, so I am interested in seeing how the two movies tie together.

The Shape of Water.
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This, my friends, is an upcoming fantasy movie by Guillermo Del Toro… and that’s really all I need. I am always excited about new Guillermo Del Toro movies. Sure, “Crimson Peak” wasn’t the best, but it was still not bad. I’ve enjoyed every Del Toro movie I’ve seen, so I am excited for this movie, especially since it has such a great cast.

Blade Runner 2049.

I was incredibly skeptical about this movie for the longest time. Sure, it had a terrific cast and a fantastic director, but a sequel to “Blade Runner”, released over 30 years later? Come on… no. Then this trailer came out and I am on board. It shows just hte right amount of stuff. It sets up the tone, it sets up some mystery and intrigue… it’s perfect. Yeah, I’m on board.

The Commuter.
The only reason why this is on the list is because it’s another action-thriller from director Jaume Collet-Serra and actor Liam Neeson. That’s it. I am a fan of their previous three movies, so I am just excited for this. I don’t expect a mindblowing thriller, just an entertaining action-thriller.

Dunkirk.

It’s a war movie directed by Christopher Nolan… how the fuck could you not be excited?

So those were a whole bunch of movies I’m excited for this year. What are you guys excited for? Leave any and all answers in the comments!
Have a good one!

We now have a trailer for “Logan”!

Holy. Fucking. Shit. You guys.

That’s right, ladies and gentlemen! We now (finally) have a trailer for “Logan”, AKA “Wolverine 3” for those who maybe didn’t know. And I got a few things to say here. So without further ado, let’s talk about it.

So this is basically the “Old Man Logan” story, only with way less Marvel characters because rights and shit. But it of course follows Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) as he is broken, beat, and scarred (thank you, Metallica). Thi is a story set further into the future and it follows Logan as he goes through one last “adventure” with a broken Professor X (Patrick Stewart) and a little girl (Sienna Novikov). I of course put quotation marks around the word adventure because this shit is serious. From the tone conveyed through the directing and the acting, to the song used being “Hurt” by Johnny Cash. Seriously, this is some heavy stuff that of course will have some badass action in it. So what do I like about it? Hugh Jackman and Patrick Stewart, always reliable for good performances, and this trailer shows it. I also like what I see in terms of the action we get in this trailer. I am also glad that they got James Mangold to direct this one, because he i a fantastic director. From the really good “Walk the Line”, to the fantastic “3:10 to Yuma”, to “The Wolverine” in 2013. I am also interested to see what they’ll do with this since it’s confirmed to be Rated R. Wolverine is a violent character, so an R-rating for a gritty “Old Man Logan” type story makes a lot of sense actually. I also think it’s a bit funny how the trailer song is Johnny Cash’s version of “Hurt”, since James Mangold directed “Walk the Line” which is a movie about Johnny Cash. Besides that, I am excited! This movie looks great, and I am definitely going to go see this when it comes out. “Logan” is set to come out in early March of 2017.

So what are your thoughts? Are you guys looking forward to “Logan”? And what’s your favorite James Mangold movie? Leave any and all answers in the comments!
Have a good one and enjoy the trailer!