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Logan (2017) Review

Published by: Anthony Wallace


mv5bmji1mjkzmjczmv5bml5banbnxkftztgwndk4njyymti-_v1_ux182_cr00182268_al_It may be the curtain call for Hugh Jackman as he steps into the shoes of Wolverine but he leaves a lasting impression. What is probably the most character driven installment in Twentieth Century Fox’s X-Men series, Director James Mangold puts heart and soul into what has to be considered every fan’s dream. As Logan’s health deteriorates he discovers that he has a daughter, Laura, who is fleeing from danger and discovers a safe haven that is located in North Dakota. Their journey is met with obstacles and may push Wolverine to the brink. The film also sees Patrick Stewart, Dafne Keen, Boyd Holbrook, and Stephen Merchant.

The anticipation for an R-rated Wolverine movie has been brewing for years amongst the fan base. And that’s exactly what the studio delivers in what may very well be the last time we see Hugh Jackman don the claws. Being someone who doesn’t follow the series, it not only satisfied me as a comic book movie but it stood tall as a proper send off to an iconic Marvel character. It could even be said that ‘Logan‘ was the least comic-book to film adaptation because of its themes and tone. As exciting as it was to watch Wolverine splice and dice his victims we get a better insight into the emotional strings that have made him so bitter for so long. And the reveal of his daughter Laura helped to bring that compassionate side of him out; though it took a pretty good while before Logan to come around.¬†logan-2017-trailer-sees-hugh-jack-playing-the-most-emotional-wolverine-he-has-ever-been-in-any-x-men-movie-youtube-movieclips-trailers_931699

We get good performances all around as we start off by mentioning Hugh Jackman. He will always be Wolverine to the eyes of the fans and nobody, as far as the eye can see, can replace him. Patrick Stewart reprises his role as Professor X (aka Charles Xavier) as we see him falling to the bits. In many ways we can see both characters reaching their end to a degree. There were many heartfelt moments between them as their relationship had really built over time. Then we see Dafne Keen who is the daughter of Logan. Their relationship took a while to develop but when the time came it would hit home. The chemistry between Jackman and Keen managed to work out and had plenty of surprises to go with it.

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Obviously the action was what everyone wanted to see and a more brutal and bloody one at that. From the opening action sequence to the very end, let’s just say that heads were rolling. And a mentioning has to go out to Dafne Keen who surpassed my expectations and then some because of how easy she made it look. And that’s what elevated the fun element and depending on where Twentieth Century Fox decides to go hopefully we’ll get to see her again. There were twists and turns along the way that caught me by surprise and that I didn’t see coming. In many ways the film centered around closing story arcs and is the overall interpretation that’s given for some of the characters.

Where Fox decides to take the X-Men series next with or without Hugh Jackman as Wolverine remains to be seen. It’s going to be an adjustment for not only the studio but especially the fans. There are seeds of development that could spill into the next movie but to avoid spoilers they will not be mentioned. A lot of attention and effort was put into ‘Logan‘ and everyone should leave satisfied as probably the best performance by Hugh Jackman in the series. If it truly is the end for Wolverine as we know him in this incarnation then kudos to an amazing journey.

Rating: 7.8/10

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What do you guys think? Do you plan on watching ‘Logan‘? And is this really the last performance by Hugh Jackman as Wolverine? Comment below and share your thoughts.

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Morgan (2016) Review

MV5BMjA1MjYyNDkxN15BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwMTgxODAwOTE@._V1_UY1200_CR90,0,630,1200_AL_From 20th Century Fox and Producer Ridley Scott is a science fiction thriller about a young girl named Morgan who isn’t as she seems. When a government official, Lee Weathers, is sent out to investigate a string of mishaps with Morgan and whether or not she is a danger to anyone she comes in contact with. The film is directed by newcomer Luke Scott who’s been involved in previous films such as ‘Exodus: Gods & Kings’ (2015) and one credit in 1977’s ‘The Duellists’. The movie stars Kate Mara, Boyd Holbrook, and Chris Sullivan.

There are only two things that are going for this movie and that is Ridley Scott being attached as producer and the lead actress in Kata Mara. If the trailer was any indication it has the same vibe and feel of 2015’s ‘Ex Machina‘ where a scientist creates a synthetic organism that struggles to understand the qualities of a human being as it explores the feelings of sadness or anger. So for ‘Morgan‘ it’s the same set up where a group of scientists create a number of synthetic beings as each one fails to live up to expectations. That is until the third attempt where Morgan was able to develop properly with no health issues and has grown into a five year old. The only problem is that Morgan has tendencies to exhibit violent behavior that brings into question her validity as someone who can learn right from wrong.

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My initial reaction to the film is that it had a lot of potential as it pertained to the idea of creating artificial life with the ability to express emotions like a human. And with the addition of Ridley Scott producing the film it brought into question the ethics of science and knowing the boundaries between right and wrong. Scott is great with science fiction as he’s shown us with movies like ‘Blade Runner‘ and ‘Alien‘ that have remained intact for almost 37 years. What I also enjoyed was the performance by Kate Mara who played the role of Lee. Her character came off as secretive by not divulging any kind of information that would disrupt the investigation.

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This leads us to my issues with the film as I’ll start off by saying that at some point in the movie there is a twist. I cannot say much without giving too much away but once the movie hits its peak we then get a generic sci-fi picture. And partially some of it has to do with Kate Mara’s character which becomes evident when Morgan and Lee have some kind of interaction with one another. It actually bothered me because we’ve seen this direction before in other movies and it leaves you asking ‘what was the point’? The mystery that was building all the way up to that point ends up being for nothing.

As far as the performances goes besides Kate Mara is that there wasn’t anyone that stood out. Boyd Holbrook plays a chef who gets introduced to Lee when she first arrives to the property which gave us potential for a love interest. Thankfully that wasn’t meant to be but it’s unfortunate because the movie leads you to believe he’d play a bigger role by the films end. There is a small cameo with Paul Giamatti who plays as Dr. Alan Shapiro, which actually was one of the better parts of the movie. It was great seeing him in the movie but I had wished we could have seen more of him.

Even though ‘Morgan‘ didn’t hit it on all cylinders it did provoke intrigue about the ideas of science. The ending had problems and the performances were generic at best. You can see the potential but ultimately it fails to make you care for what you are watching.

Rating: 5.9/10

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What do you guys think? Do you plan to watch ‘Morgan‘? Comment below and share your thoughts on some of your favorite science fiction films.