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Thoughts on Logan (2017)

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Wow, where do I even start with Logan? Holy fracking s***!!!! Let me start by saying that I have wanted to see Hugh Jackman playing Wolverine in theaters for a while now, but something has always come up previously. Knowing that Logan was my last chance, I made every effort to see this film as soon as possible and it was totally worth it!

Now, normally when I discuss a film I’ve just seen I hold nothing back regarding spoilers, but…based on what I saw, I cannot find it in myself to spoil this film completely. You really need to watch this film for yourself (if you haven’t already). However, there a few things I NEED to talk about…: *various spoilers follow from this point*

The film is set in 2029 in a noticeably dystopian future (I should point out that this is not immediately obvious, but it plays into the plot at a crucial moment). Logan (for a host of reasons) is working as a limo driver, ferrying all kinds of people to where they need to go. When he’s not working jobs, he lives south of the border taking care of Professor X, who is not well. It is mentioned (and this made my jaw drop) that for reasons unknown (even to Professor X), no new mutants have been born in 25 years; Logan is of the opinion that the mutant gene has died out. Well, that isn’t entirely true…because one day Logan runs into Laura.

Dafne Keen as Laura/X-23: In the world of comics, I didn’t learn of X-23’s existence until just a few years ago (she “guest-starred” in a Black Widow comic). From then on, I was fascinated by the existence of a female Wolverine (I love the retractable claws), and when I learned that the young girl in Logan was X-23…well, that cemented my need to see this film.

Watching Logan and Laura interact was one of my favorite parts of this film. Having Logan confronted with suddenly having a daughter (and a feisty one at that) told a great story, one that I wish could have been continued past this film. My favorite fight scene is towards the end when the pair team up and fight in the woods against a team of bad guys (the moment where she launches off of Logan’s back is as awesome as you think it is).

It turns out that Laura is an escapee from a hidden project that had been attempting to artificially create mutants, using genetic material swiped from various mutants (including Logan). The “X-23” program is deemed a failure when the children are found to be uncontrollable past a certain point and once the “X-24” project is completed, the children are going to be executed until an organization sympathetic to the children helps them to escape the facility. Logan is (reluctantly) hired to take Laura to a place in North Dakota identified as “Eden”, which proves to be a launching point for a final run to the Canadian border, where the children are to be granted asylum, IF they can get across that is. See, the agency that created the children wants them back, desperately, and they’ll stop at nothing to get them.

I don’t want to reveal too much more, but I will say a few things in general:

  • this film absolutely needed an R rating to tell this story properly, there is no way Logan would have worked as a PG-13 film
  • if you haven’t figured out the identity of X-24, the reveal is very well done and generated an audible gasp from me
  • Dafne Keen absolutely KILLS it as a younger, female version of Wolverine. I would be genuinely happy to see a standalone X-23 film (with Dafne continuing to play the character).
  • Patrick Stewart’s performance as Professor X deserves an Oscar, as does Hugh Jackman’s performance as a noticeably-past-his-prime Wolverine.
  • Marco Beltrami’s score for the film is excellent (he rarely disappoints me)
  • Logan is a well-executed conclusion to the Wolverine saga, though I am very sad to see Jackman exit the role. He will always be Wolverine to me.
  • Boyd Holbrook’s character has one of the best “bad guy gets his comeuppance in spades” scenes that I’ve seen in quite a long time. Just goes to show that one should never piss off a group of mutants.
  • While this IS the conclusion of the “old” X-Men as we know it, I believe there has been a hook left to follow a new generation of mutants (and I don’t just mean the recent films following younger versions of the classic characters), which would be exciting.
  • One last note: be prepared to cry at the end.

I’m so happy I went to see Logan, it did not disappoint. Have you gone to see Logan yet? What did you think about it? Let me know what you think in the comments below!

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Looking forward to new films in March!

Who else can’t believe that March 1st is TOMORROW? Seriously, wasn’t it January 1st yesterday? That’s what it feels like anyways. This is a month I’ve been waiting for, as a LOT of movies I want to see are finally coming out. I want to see a record number of films (record number for me that is); FOUR to be exact. If all goes according to plan, this is what I’ll be seeing (and happily blogging about afterward):

  1. Logan (coming out March 3rd): Ever since that trailer came out with X-23 attacking the clerk in the convenience store, I’ve been on the edge of my seat waiting to see this film. This is my last chance to watch Hugh Jackman play Wolverine and I’m not going to let the opportunity pass me by (even if I am afraid of what’s going to happen to him by the end of the film). Hopefully I’ll get to see Logan this weekend so stay tuned!

2.     Sword Art Online: The Movie (March 9th): It’s a little known fact with me that Sword Art            Online is my absolute favorite anime of all time (even more than Sailor Moon). So            when I heard that Sword Art Online was getting a feature film, I was excited. When I heard that said film would be granted a US premiere, I was thrilled. And when I discovered that said film would be screening in the city where I live, I about jumped over the moon! Sword Art Online started as a story where 10,000 gamers were trapped in a virtual reality game called (you guessed it) Sword Art Online (SAO for short). Kirito (our hero) and Asuna (our heroine) escaped, along with several thousand others, but the legacy of what happened in that game has followed them ever since. In this full length film, Kirito and Asuna encounter a new game: Ordinal Scale, that is based off of Augmented Reality (AR) instead of full Virtual Reality (VR) as their past games have been. The intrigue starts when monsters from the first SAO game begin appearing in Ordinal Scale, and it is implied that there is a huge twist somewhere in the story. I’m so excited to see this film, as it is showing for one night only!

3. Kong: Skull Island (March 10th): This is the one film that I’m not 100% excited for, because I’m not sure if it will be awesome or a complete dud. To be honest, I’m not completely sold on the idea of having a film franchise that leads to King Kong fighting Godzilla (there are so many ways that could go wrong). That being said, Kong: Skull Island does have Tom Hiddleston (always a plus), who may or may not be the biggest reason I’m going to watch this film. I hope at the very least that Skull Island proves to be a popcorn film like The Legend of Tarzan proved to be last summer.

4. Beauty and the Beast (March 17th): It’s almost here!! I am so excited about this film, even if it is a straightforward retelling of the animated film (though I’m sure there must be SOME differences in there, somewhere). I have deliberately avoided listening to any singing clips, as I want to go in as unbiased as possible (I hold the animated Beauty and the Beast film in high reverence). I must say I love the look of the enchanted objects (especially Cogsworth), I’m actually okay with the look of the Beast (it’s clearly motion capture but it doesn’t look “fake” either).

It’s going to be a crazy month trying to see all of these movies (and there’s a comic con in the middle too!) but I’m going to have a lot of fun doing it! What films are you looking forward to seeing next month? Let me know in the comments below. I hope everyone has a great rest of the day! -Becky

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Reaction to final Logan (2017) trailer

This week saw the debut of the final trailer for the upcoming film Logan (2017), the final outing of Hugh Jackman as Wolverine and the last time we’ll see Patrick Stewart play Professor X (both have played their respective roles since X-Men (2000)).

Final Trailer for Logan (2017): contains violence and swearing

*deep breath* HOLY SH**!!!!!!! Insert any other bleep you’d like, and that about sums up my reaction to this trailer.

I’m so excited to see X-23 brought to life on the big screen. I first became aware of her about two years ago when she showed up in a Black Widow comic (set not long after Wolverine’s “death” in the Marvel Universe). And right now I have to say that the shot of her claws slowly extending as she stalks forward is one of my favorite images. She’s little, but she is NOT to be trifled with.

I’m really looking forward to the relationship that will build between X-23 and Logan, because according to the trailer, Logan doesn’t seem too keen to help (at first anyways). I know a lot of people are speculating that Wolverine is going to die by the end, and I have to say, they might be right. I feel a little torn on this: on the one hand, having Wolverine die would provide a conclusive end to his character’s arc (and it’s not like he’s coming back for another sequel), but at the same time…I don’t WANT to see him die. I know he’s just a fictional character, but of all the X-Men, Wolverine is particularly “real” to me. I’m not sure why, I just identify with him the most, so I know if he does die, watching it happen will be painful for me. I would actually love it if the film ended with Logan and X-23 driving off into the sunset (and I’m perfectly okay if they make a later film with a teenage or a fully grown X-23, because let’s face it, that would be awesome).

Logan premieres on March 3rd, so we don’t have that much longer to wait.

One last note: I love how Logan pulls the girl back from attacking the clerk and he’s like “Not okay!!!” I loved that.

Okay, I mentioned this yesterday and I’ll say it one more time in case anyone missed it: tomorrow I’m leaving on a trip and I won’t be back until the 28th. And when I say I’m on a trip, I mean I will be completely away, no internet access or nothing, so I won’t be able to check my email, respond to comments or anything. I just wanted to make sure everyone knew. Have a good weekend, and have a great week next week 🙂 -Becky

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