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Friday, March 17, 2017
Logan (a movie review post)
That said, it's been 15 years since the last time I read any Wolverine (or any comics at all, really, other than a few here or there that one or more of my kids might have had lying around), that being Origin,
a story I didn't much care for overall. It suffers from many of the same problems as Logan, those being trying to fill in details around a character to achieve a particular goal even when those details don't really fit with the character that has been created.
Mostly, though, what Logan proves is that Fox is no more capable of creating a cohesive continuity for their super hero films than Warner Brothers. It's sort of like having your tea bag break in your cup of tea. If you're careful and drink slowly, you can manage to mostly keep the tea leaves out of your mouth... until you get to that point where you have to throw the last quarter of it out because the leaves are too dense. Until that point, though, the tea is enjoyable as long as you keep it to small doses.
So, yes, Logan is a mostly enjoyable film. It accomplishes the one thing I'm sure all Wolverine fans have been waiting to see: Wolverine really cutting loose with his claws without the need of keeping the bloodshed to a PG-13 rating. And cut loose he does: arms, legs, and heads. That alone is probably worth the movie for the true fans.
The aspect of the movie I found most interesting was the question raised about mutants and their powers when they get old. Of course, the movie only works around the question without ever really addressing it, but we do get to see some of the effects in the aged Charles Xavier as he struggles to maintain control over his mental abilities.
Stephen Merchant as Caliban was a pleasant surprise. I like Merchant, and he was perfect in this role. Dafne Keen was also great. She has a brooding stare which is easily the match of Jackman's.
However, the movie is utterly predictable, wasting a perfect opportunity to do something above and beyond that was afforded it by the success of Deadpool, probably the only super hero movie Fox has nailed since X-Men 2 in 2003. That said, considering that Jackman is not returning to the claws again after this movie (unless Ryan Reynolds does somehow convince Jackman to do that Deadpool/Wolverine team-up movie), Logan is a good send off. Good enough, at any rate.
But it could it have been better if only Marvel had done it, which is the thought I have after every one of the X-Men movies since the advent of the MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe) with Iron Man back in 2008. Sony wised up and went to Marvel to get Spider-Man on the right track; maybe there's hope that Fox will do the same.
Posted by Andrew Leon at 12:00 AM
Labels: 80s, Caliban, Canadian, Charles Xavier, Chris Claremont, Dafne Keen, Deadpool, Fox, John Byrne, Logan, Marvel, Origin, Ryan Reynolds, Sony, Spider-Man, Stephen Merchant, Warner Brothers, Wolverine, X-Men
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I liked it way better than most X-films. Some are so old now that it almost feels unfair to compare them.ReplyDelete
But continuity - I think all parties gave up on all that making sense a long time ago. It can't be fixed at this point. I took Logan's line in a the movie when reading the X-Men comic that 'only a quarter of it really happened and that part wasn't like how they showed it' was a nod to the incoherence of the larger movies contradictory timelines.
Rusty: Well, you know, I get the point about the "stories" and what they're saying, but I can't make that make it okay for me. Really, what that says to me is, "We're too lazy to try to make this work." It just bothers me.Delete
And I still think the first X-Men film is fabulous.
I've stopped expecting their films to make any sense as a whole. I still find them enjoyable at any rate, and I thought this one was better than most.ReplyDelete
Jeanne: It was the best Wolverine movie, for sure.Delete
I'm actually looking forward to watching this movie. I've always enjoyed watching X-Men movies.ReplyDelete
Gina: Some of them have been good.Delete
I haven't seen it (things come very late here), but I like the emphasis on characters. Though I thought the one where he's in Japan was character based also. Now what's this about Xavier? I'm delighted to see Patrick Stewart back again, but isn't that character dead?ReplyDelete
Lexa: Oh, no, they did away with that whole timeline, the one where he and Cyclops died.Delete
As a comic book character, Wolverine has always been one of my favorites. I can't say that I have been particularly inspired to check out the movies.ReplyDelete
TAS: It's a hard call.Delete
Wolverine has always been my favorite. I've been looking forward to this movie, but haven't found the ambition to get out to a movie theater and see it yet. I'll probably hold off until I watch from the comfort of my couch.ReplyDelete
Sounds like the opportunity to get to see him cut loose is worth the other usual small annoying things that bug me about the X-men movies. I've been wanting to see that for a long time.
A Deadpool Wolverine movie would be epic.
Jean: Mostly, not even that lives up to what you'll want to see.Delete