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« on: August 05, 2017, 05:39:35 AM »

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3315342/reference

The Last Cut Is The Deepest!

Did we need another X-Men movie? In fact did we need another Wolverine movie? Well the result is there for all to see, with Logan not only showing itself to be undoubtedly the best Wolverine venture by far, but arguably the best X-Men picture as well. If, as expected (and surely to god it's hoped so), this is the last we see of the grumpy metal clawed superhero, then what a fitting and triumphant bow out it is.

James Mangold, the director, has managed to create an adult superhero movie without it really being a superhero pic, for he has created a film noir Western that happens to be about a superhero. Mangold's love of noir and Westerns bursts from the screen, which for those who follow those wonderful stands of cinema, will come as no surprise having seen with notice his Copland and 3:10 To Yuma redux. There's a perpetual grimness to the narrative that belies the quite often stunning surrounding locales, heavy themes such as men out of time - with destinies written (cue a deft comic book movie within a comic book chunk of metaphysics) - surrogates, mental illness, human ignorance, and on it goes, the narrative strong on intelligence as much as it is in wrought emotion. Western fans will also be buoyed by the part that the 1953 classic Western Shane has to play in things, considerably so as its importance narratively, orally and visually is mightily strong.

Logan's Run!

Ah yes, well being "adult" is all well and good, but is Logan thrilling? Do we get pumped up Wolverine action, blood brains, splatter and mucho muscle flexing and pained roars of anger? Oh yes! Action from the off is never far away, and wonderfully staged and choreographed it is. Lots of memorable set-pieces, while also some cleverly constructed sequences such as Xavier's mind seizures hold court and enthral. Yet the kicker with all that is we are clued in to the emotional baggage that the side-burn sporting protag carries with him. With each fight we sense the bigger picture, even as we watch in awe the emergence of Laura (ironic film noir name right there as it happens) - and her part in this very "human" story - the thrills and spills are propelled by a meaningful but battered heart.

Tech credits are superb. Acting honours go to Jackman, who after giving 17 years of his life to the character, gives it his all and this multi faceted performance, in a perfect world, deserves Oscar recognition. Patrick Stewart, also, is immense, playing the nonagenarian Charles Xavier with such class, gracefulness and storming emotion that one can only admire. Film debutante Dafne Keen as Laura is utterly engrossing, quite a debut indeed, whilst Stephen Merchant as albino mutant tracker Caliban is effective to the point we hanker for more. Although the villains fronted by Boyd Holbrook (rote henchman leader) and Richard E. Grant (smarmy scientist git) just about pass muster, there's nothing to damage the piece. Cinematography (John Mathieson) is "A" grade, the filters set on neo-noir, with the splendid film noir black and white version a fillip for the heart of noir lovers. All that is left is for the sound mix to boom and the director to steer with heart, brain and soul, without doubt both come up trumps.

One of 2017s best films, a genre splicer that ticks all the boxes of great film making. 10/10

Region B - Blu-ray.

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« Reply #1 on: August 05, 2017, 06:50:39 AM »

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« Reply #2 on: August 06, 2017, 07:09:27 AM »

Awesome to see you enjoyed it so much Spike, (The Wolverine is also very good)  with this being my recent viewing of it:

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Not saying a single line of dialogue for the first hour of her (film) debut, Dafne Keen gives a remarkable performance as Laura,with Keen clawing at Laura's frustrations and volatile mood swings with an abrasive body language that keeps all on edge. Raising her voice,Keen gives the difficult relationship with Logan a melancholy,which brings out a father/daughter tenderness. Losing 21 pounds for his return to the series,Patrick Stewart gives a great performance as Xavier,whose fragile,dying state Stewart does not allow to rest on pity,by showing that Xavier still has some sparks which opened the school for the X-Men.

Playing a role he has done for almost 20 years for the final time, Hugh Jackman gives a superb performance as Logan. Visibly carrying the history of Logan on his shoulders,Jackman gives him a raw fragility, as meeting Laura causes Logan to face his own morality.Working with Jackman for the third time,co-writer/(with Michael Green and a returning to X-Men Scott Frank) director James Mangold & cinematographer John Mathieson continue expand on the action style of The Wolverine with a thrilling,bare-knuckle fury,unleashed with blood darting across the screen and each fight move being delivered with a real thump. Setting it in the future,Mangold and Mathieson draw a Post-Apocalypse,Road Movie landscape,as the dry,dusty colour of the road and a burning red sun cast an end of days atmosphere over the journey.

Putting their focus on the trio,the screenplay by Mangold/Frank and Green does keep the "baddies" at a boo-hiss level,but does give them enough snarling menace so that they pose an aggressive threat to Logan. Using the wear and tear of Logan to take the "superhero" sheen off, the writers explore a wonderfully earthy character study,with the dialogue having a grittiness and an unshakeable air of death keeping everything grounded,as the ultimate X-Men reveal themselves.


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« Reply #3 on: August 06, 2017, 07:25:37 AM »

10/10, 9/10? Guys, Logan definitely is the best X-Men movie because that's the closest the whole franchise will ever be from actual cinema but it is really far from being such a masterpiece.

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« Reply #4 on: August 07, 2017, 07:37:36 AM »

10/10, 9/10? Guys, Logan definitely is the best X-Men movie because that's the closest the whole franchise will ever be from actual cinema but it is really far from being such a masterpiece.

Yer wrong.

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« Reply #5 on: August 07, 2017, 07:38:06 AM »

Awesome to see you enjoyed it so much Spike, (The Wolverine is also very good)  with this being my recent viewing of it:

9

Not saying a single line of dialogue for the first hour of her (film) debut, Dafne Keen gives a remarkable performance as Laura,with Keen clawing at Laura's frustrations and volatile mood swings with an abrasive body language that keeps all on edge. Raising her voice,Keen gives the difficult relationship with Logan a melancholy,which brings out a father/daughter tenderness. Losing 21 pounds for his return to the series,Patrick Stewart gives a great performance as Xavier,whose fragile,dying state Stewart does not allow to rest on pity,by showing that Xavier still has some sparks which opened the school for the X-Men.

Playing a role he has done for almost 20 years for the final time, Hugh Jackman gives a superb performance as Logan. Visibly carrying the history of Logan on his shoulders,Jackman gives him a raw fragility, as meeting Laura causes Logan to face his own morality.Working with Jackman for the third time,co-writer/(with Michael Green and a returning to X-Men Scott Frank) director James Mangold & cinematographer John Mathieson continue expand on the action style of The Wolverine with a thrilling,bare-knuckle fury,unleashed with blood darting across the screen and each fight move being delivered with a real thump. Setting it in the future,Mangold and Mathieson draw a Post-Apocalypse,Road Movie landscape,as the dry,dusty colour of the road and a burning red sun cast an end of days atmosphere over the journey.

Putting their focus on the trio,the screenplay by Mangold/Frank and Green does keep the "baddies" at a boo-hiss level,but does give them enough snarling menace so that they pose an aggressive threat to Logan. Using the wear and tear of Logan to take the "superhero" sheen off, the writers explore a wonderfully earthy character study,with the dialogue having a grittiness and an unshakeable air of death keeping everything grounded,as the ultimate X-Men reveal themselves.



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« Reply #6 on: August 07, 2017, 01:58:22 PM »

Thanks Spike,and for a double bill,Logan is a perfect match for the Aussie Post-Apocalypse Neo-Noir The Rover:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Rover-DVD-Guy-Pearce/dp/B00MTJ2ETK

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« Reply #7 on: August 09, 2017, 10:50:39 AM »

The Rover is actual cinema  Cheesy

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« Reply #8 on: August 09, 2017, 11:14:08 AM »

The Rover is actual cinema  Cheesy

Oh,so it is just like Logan then (which last time I checked was shown in "actual cinemas") good to see you now agree with me and Spike about Logan, Noodles! 

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« Reply #9 on: August 13, 2017, 02:37:03 AM »

Thanks Spike,and for a double bill,Logan is a perfect match for the Aussie Post-Apocalypse Neo-Noir The Rover:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Rover-DVD-Guy-Pearce/dp/B00MTJ2ETK

Defo on the list mate!   Afro

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« Reply #10 on: August 23, 2017, 03:54:47 PM »

Guess what. I've just watched the black and white version of the movie, which is much, much better.
6.5/10. It would be an 8/10 if they had not been so in your nose with characters explaining their vision of the meaning of life all over the place, and if they had better managed the relationship between Logan and the little girl.

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