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Logan Movie Review (2017) | Perfect Wolverine Homage as Hugh Jackman Rests his Claws

What a way to go! We knew Logan movie was going to be Hugh Jackman’s last as the badass superhero. So finally he rests his claws, and that too with a grandeur and reverence that a guy like him deserves. 17 years! 17 years of service as the guy we can’t imagine Wolverine without.

Even before heading to the cinema hall we knew it was going to be heavy. The trailer had already implied so, and so it was. Logan movie is imaged in a dystopian world wherein there are few mutants left. We are given an inkling that something bad has happened and it is the aftermath of all that emotional trauma where Wolverine is struggling to thrive in.

Logan has a deathwish on his mind. He coughs, bleeds, limps and is affected by his own adamantium which is failing him gradually making him old and vulnerable. It is a gradual decline and we know where we are headed but there is one final mission for him to be useful one more time before succumbing to his grave.

Direction of Logan Movie

James Mangold returns with the final version of The Wolverine franchise, and he simply nails it this time. His direction retains ample focus, provides you perspective around what’s going on and has the right gravitas in it to make you connect instantly with the protagonist. At the same time, you can’t appreciate the makeup artists enough, who projected this shriveled image of Logan who looks old, tattered and yet quite spectacular.

You can’t help but feel sorry for him when you see him gradually withering away, becoming one of time’s many puppets, and headed towards an imminent downfall. The way he coughs, the way he walks, and the way he portrays the quintessential “Old Man Logan”, could easily beat any other dramatic actor of any genre to pulp any day. And James Mangold gives him all the right angles making the movie one helluva visual delight.

Dafne Keen as Laura Kinney

Dafne Keen is hands down amazing in Logan Movie! She acts beautifully steering X-23 to perfection. There’s a fighter in her, there’s defiance in her, and it’s not just in her blades. She dons savagery like a medal. And then you cannot overlook her cuteness either. She is simply brilliant with her fun acts too. Be it be wearing a cool glass, swaying on a mechanical horse or walking into the sea of Reavers casually holding a head in her hand. She perfects every act without saying a word. It, in a way, betrays her meanness.

still of Daphne Keen as X-23 Laura Kinney in Logan Movie

The gore is simply breathtaking and is enjoyable when you see the father-daughter combo go for the kill. You can see those blades light up bald heads, and when they seriously damage a bloke beyond recovering adrenaline doesn’t know how to stop. It’s all in all a visual feast for the eyes.

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Plot of Logan Movie (Spoilers)

We start off in a dystopian future where Logan has taken refuge in a forlorn land taking care of an old and sick Charles Xavier. Logan’s a chauffeur now driving a Chrysler he cares about, looking for prescription drugs to get by. He has Caliban, a tracker at his aid to take care of Professor X, and they are hiding at a smelting plant in Mexico.

Transigen has somehow managed to wipe out a lot of mutants through a deadly virus, and we are to believe that somehow Charles holds himself responsible for it. Even though we aren’t served the backstory, we are only left to ponder that part.

Logan is contacted by Gabriela who used to work for Transigen. She is keen on sending Laura Kinney, a child mutant to a place called Eden, and needs Logan’s help in order to do that. At about the same time, he is contacted by Donald Pierce played convincingly well by Boyd Holbrook who wants Logan to help him locate Laura. When Logan tries to help Gabriela instead, Donald Pierce comes with Reavers, an army of enforcers, to capture her.

It is there where we discover she is a mutant and is an advanced version of Wolverine in terms of superpowers. A fight ensues and they (Logan, Charles and Laura) manage to escape the onslaught.

The Relationship

Later, Logan discovers Laura to be his daughter through a video that Gabriela had made explaining X-23 origins. He finds out she was made with his own DNA. That there were other children too who had managed to escape.

With Transigen on their toes, the trio are forced to constantly stay on the run. Donald Pierce is holding Caliban captive via which he is able to track Logan’s whereabouts. But Caliban is secretly helping Logan to stay one step ahead.

That’s when we find X-24, a genetically enhanced version of Wolverine, barging in at a house they were staying at. X-24 looks exactly the same as Wolverine only younger, better and faster. He was created for the sheer purpose of hunting mutant children. He comes for Laura, kills Charles in the process and the entire family who had given refuge to them, before being rammed by Will Munson‘s truck.

still of Hugh Jackman as Logan in Logan Movie

With Xavier gone, the man Logan really cared about, we find him feeling shattered and broken. He refuses to help Laura to make it to Eden, which he believed to be a mere made up excerpt from a Comic Book, but when her obstinacy can’t be reasoned with he agrees to help her. They head to Eden, while Laura does most of the driving.

Eden – A Temporary Safe Haven

On reaching there, realizing Eden wasn’t a mere fantasy and that it was a hideout for all those escaped children, he realizes he was wrong about it before passing out. His adamantium and injuries exacerbate beyond limit, and takes a toll on him. He finds out the true plan of the children from Rictor, the leader. They were to cross the Canadian borders to safety. Logan asks Laura to be a part of them.

When the children are making that journey, Donald arrives with his Reavers to hunt them down. He had found a photograph Laura used to keep, behind which the Eden coordinates were written. A very dodgy and vulnerable Logan then finds a Mutant serum. Consuming it expedites his healing quotient temporarily.

We see him one more time in one of his badass previous avatars, where he used to go on a slay-spree. Soon, however, the serum wears off, when he encounters Dr. Zander Rice who reveals himself to be Dale Rice‘s son who was killed by Wolverine while trying to escape the Weapon X program. Logan shoots him before encountering X-24 once again.

Donald Pierce, on the other hand, is subdued by the mutant children. X-24 is eventually killed by Laura with an adamantium bullet that Logan used to keep for himself. Before dying, however, X-24 impales Logan badly injuring him against a tree branch.

With his inability to quickly recuperate like he used to, he ends up dying owing to his unhealed wounds. Laura bids his grave adieu turning the cross sign on his grave to represent the X from X-Men. With that the curtain closes.

The Final Verdict

Logan movie shouldn’t be missed for the world. It pays excellent tribute to a guy we loved and revered over the years. It goes on to show how Marvel is capable of everything. Making even a dark movie with a gloomy theme.

For some, the flick might be a tad slow, when Logan keeps falling to despondency every now and then, and often dozing off owing to fatigue. But I think that’s one of those crucial parts that helps the audience to stay connected with the character and empathize with him fully.

I think ours is one of those golden eras where we got to see Hugh Jackman embellish Wolverine. He is, was and will be, hands down one of the best Wolverines we ever saw on screen. No matter what happens in the future, it would be certainly hard for us to imagine someone else fill Logan’s shoes.

Go on and watch the movie even if you aren’t a Wolverine fan, because this one right here is how superhero movies should be helmed.

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Eddie the Eagle Review (2016) | Never Stop Dreaming

Truly inspirational! Eddie the Eagle is an inspiring biopic about following your dreams despite the world trying to pull you down. The movie justifies all those maxims you might have come across growing up like – “Follow your dreams!”, “Never give up!” and all those perseverance clichés. But the most important one that I take out from the movie is – “Celebrate every little success”.

EDDIE THE EAGLE OLYMPIAN DREAM

Looking at the bright insightful eyes of young Eddie where dreams skulked somewhere deep down, scouring persistently for his life’s true objective, your heart might end up brimming up with empathy for the poor lad. Also, looking at his gusto to settle on a dream, his constant search as he zeroes in on what he truly wants to become might leave you disappointed in yourself.

Did you once have a passion you were never able give a proper form to? Something that made you so happy, and yet you decided to listen to those who inadvertently stopped you from doing it? Well Eddie never listened to anybody but his heart, and that made all the difference.

PLOT OF THE BIOPIC

Eddie the Eagle tries to weigh in on the biopic of the real Michael Edwards in a delightful mien. It will let you bag all the good feels as the movie goes on jumping around in them Eddie shoes. The journey starts off in a pleasant manner but there is that hurdle in the form of Terry, Eddie’s dad played by Keith Allen who constantly tries to dissuade him from doing what Eddie really loves.

“Are you trying to tell me you never had a dream when you were a kid, Dad?”

He is instantly reflective of the world, something that is trying to stop one from achieving one’s ultimate goal. Our lives are inundated with such characters who are pressing us constantly to steer from our path. It is a good thing that Terry is there in the movie and that he never approved of him that makes Eddie the Eagle further powerful as he says he loves to prove people wrong.

Eddie the Eagle struggles profusely as he tries in his own candid way to get himself the spot everybody denies him. But there was no stopping him, the perseverance he shows to achieve is worth commendable.

SPOILERS SKI-JUMPING FROM THIS POINT ONWARDS:

There are plenty of brilliant acts in the movie. A pleasant side-plot that Hugh Jackman runs is endearing to watch. Christopher Walken and Jim Broadbent cameo were lovely.

One short parley with Matti Nykänen played by Edvin Endre is downright outstanding. Beautiful lines lurk in their confab, and you can’t help but marvel at the colossal importance of it.

still of Hugh Jackman and Taron Egerton in Eddie the Eagle movie

If we do less than our best with the whole world watching, it will kill us inside.

CONS

The movie’s melodrama is a bit questionable. It doesn’t fling anything gut-wrenching at you. Hugh Jackman’s bar fight scene looks like strangely concocted in a clichéd fashion. Taron Egerton often goes in and out of his character multiple times. However does create his version of Eddie beautifully with that constant frown and that wide jaw framing.

Another thing that cannot be completely overlooked is that the beauty of the sport hasn’t been milked enough. For a guy who has set his eyes on something so huge as ski-jumping there has to be a story to it, or if there isn’t, we needed a better screenplay coming from Eddie The Eagle justifying his love for the sport. The film misses both. It goes too light for a dream so big.

Also, eventually as the movie comes to fruition it vexes the viewers into questioning whether Eddie the Eagle was crazy or completely sane. The way the movie was depicted right from the start would have you believe that he was alright but then afterwards it was kind of hard to tell.

still of Taron Egerton with the real Eddie Michael Edwards

It also, in an attempt to deliberately dodge the question of Eddie’s progress, fails to show where Eddie really stood. The fact that it’s okay to come last should have been milked more because that was actually the crux on which the movie was based. Celebrating defeating himself, his own personal record was what overjoyed him more, which I think required more screen time.

Also, there was a lot of fact changing going on that distorted the real Eddie the Eagle, Michael Edward. As Michael Edward puts it that it clicked with his life only 5% which raises brows at its accuracy.

THE FINAL VERDICT

Eddie the Eagle might not be a hero one hunts for in a movie, as he always ends up coming last, but there is a lot of heroism one could derive from him, with his free spirit, his perseverance, his attitude, and his constant pursuit for the stars.

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X-Men: Apocalypse Review (2016)

X-Men: Apocalypse will have you brimming with mixed feelings about the movie. It wouldn’t be wrong to say that it is Bryan Singer’s most mediocre Marvel attempt ever. Kind of a mixed baggage actually, has so many flaws and yet so many thrilling scenes to keep you riveted.

X-MEN: APOCALYPSE ATTIRE

En Sabah Nur is here. But no one takes him seriously. Is it the attire? Is it the other-worldliness? Or is it the fact that he gets scorned at so many times that people laugh at him? Or it could probably be the panache Oscar Isaac was missing? In the comical world Apocalypse is a complete badass, who makes death his servant. Even the animated series is trickling down with his inhumane acts. Here, not so much.

SPOILERS X AHEAD:

The good thing about the movie is that it is really dark. Death is a quickie affair and Singer doesn’t stop singing with it throughout the flick. What he tries gorgeously this time to bring in the front-line is the spotlight Summers deserves and Tye Sheridan aces Scott to perfection. He gets a proper screen time unlike prequels with a really powerful laser shot that will give you happy feels for him.

The high point of X-Men Apocalypse is Peter Maximoff hands down. He brings in a few laughs as he coolly sways around in bullet time to set things right. Watch out for that awesome bit!

Michael Fassbender is still the pillar holding this X-Men timeline together. With his extraordinary acting prowess he makes Magneto one of the most revered characters ever. You can’t help but feel sorry for the fate he ends up with every single time when he tries to do good. James McAvoy still does a great Charles. We finally get to see Alex Summers in action, but sadly it was ephemeral.

DOWNSIDES OF X-MEN: APOCALYPSE

I didn’t like the fact that Singer decided to go with a theatrical resounding voice for Apocalypse whenever he would try to jackhammer a point. Also, Apocalypse isn’t really psychotic, not at all terrifying to look at, and it would seem hanging out with him wouldn’t be a problem. His regalia quite odd and the flair we expected in him badly missing.

That Wolverine bit in the X-Men: Apocalypse will definitely give you the jitters, but Jean trying to pacify the animal seemed so forced that you wonder where the subtlety is. We could have lived without it Bryan! At times the movie flings into uncalled corners where you can pinpoint the incongruity and the missing gravity. Characters don’t spend time grieving or even wonder-struck at what’s happening. We can blame editing for that.

OTHER MCU CHARACTERS IN X-MEN: APOCALYPSE

We see Jubilee here and finally some Sentinels that will fill you up with the animated series’ nostalgic vibes. Blob cameo was a pleasant wink. Eventually we get a glimpse at what’s coming in Wolverine 3 which makes MCU imminence a delectable treat. Wink at Mister Sinister!

But you still overlook it all since it is a comic after all. Things are supposed to hole that way. All in all it was really entertaining.

There is no better way to put it as Jean, who says,

“At least we can all agree the third one is always the worst”.

I am not going to debate on that. She just proves the point, as if Bryan knew midway that X-Men: Apocalypse was going to end up in shambles, and tries to justify the movie with that sneer.

All in all, X-Men: Apocalypse is nothing but a one time forgetful watch.

Deadpool Review (2016)

Deadpool is here! Finally on the big screen. Our favorite antihero bags himself a movie and it has something to do with Polverine 😉 Let the fandom erupt!

It walks closely on the scales of comics although focuses on his origins more. The Vanessa Carlysle story is chosen to go with him in order to pack in the romance quotient. Writers take it all the way through. Tim Miller chooses to go with an oscillating presentation where he tries to merge up the current and the past later connecting us to the stream midway. Deadpool occasionally breaks the fourth wall for emphasis, and it does manage to pack in his comic quotient.

Action seqs are jaw dropping as the protagonist rolls midair, does impressive flips whilst performing enthralling takedowns. Gore speaks volume with the rad Deadpool guns. Heads drop, bodies get spattered, bones break and faces get battered to pulp. It is all in there just how you would have imagined it to be.

At no point in the movie does the humour stop. It is on an incessant unchecked ride that has so many Marvel and DC references that would put you in laughter fits. Watch out for Green Lantern, X-Men and Wolverine references! So many quick snappy comebacks that have been aced by Ryan Reynolds nicely. The Merc with a mouth has a flair that relates to the cool perfectly.

Other characters in the movie are great as well. Portrayals of Dopinder and Weasel go with the comedy bandwagon complementing the hilarity just fine. Whilst Ed Skrein mixes style and perversion beautifully. Stan Lee makes a cameo as usual and a hilarious post-credit scene waits for you in the end as well. Don’t miss that one!

The big downside of the movie is its plot. It weighs low on it since most of the times Deadpool is busy entertaining us with his sarcastic unceasing one-liners. Also, Negasonic Teenage Warhead gets lost in the chatter, and fails to make an impact.

But we tend to overlook all of that since it was supposed to be an entertainer anyhow.
Oh wait! Before I almost forget: “Beeeeeeeeeeeep you, Indian Censor Board!” You ruined it for us.

Chappie Review (2015)

Chappie misses out by miles on what it set out to achieve. The trailer promised an epic tale of Sci-Fi with A.I. in its vanguard manifesting right bits of drama. Unfortunately it belied the actual prosaic content.

Taking Elysium’s mediocrity into consideration, Neil Blomkamp’s robot with a mind of his own doesn’t go far either. You can munch on your popcorn pointing out at the clumsiness of the machine, but that’s pretty much it. It isn’t outstanding. At the same time it is entirely bad either.

The plot of the flick unfolds brilliantly at first however midway ends up being insipid. The story is very predictable to the point you might actually end up saying: I saw that coming! As the movie reaches its laughable climax, you just wonder out loud if the director was really serious going in for the bizarre cessation.

Chappie was written poorly in mediocrity. The only thing that works pretty well for the movie is its visual effect. Details on the robot are extremely well fabricated. Also some action visuals look pretty dope.

Chappie cannot be compared to the likes of any good artificial intelligence movie. Nowhere near A.I. or Her of course. Its drama isn’t at all moving. Screenplay has nothing much to offer and every projected bit seems deliberate – to make the movie work of course.

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To begin with, Chappie lacks focus big time. There is literally no time spent on character development, and we are forced to jump into a pyre of a chaotic backdrop with a news report showing glimpses of quintessential elements in the tale. You are shown a tattered robot receiving an engineering treatment. The amount of focus it receives tells us it must be our protagonist. (Very obvious direction!) You have a creator (Dev Patel), an antagonist brimming with malice (Hugh Jackman), and a boss (Sigourney Weaver) that doesn’t do much for whom both are working. For an A.I. to learn stuff, Neil throws Chappie into an abyss of gangsters to spice things up, with an unusual home to influence his mind with outrageous stuff and contrasting moral values. Although to our surprise the lady gangster starts playing mommy out of the blue. A softer side emerges in her and that too without any drama.

Whilst Chappie is learning stuff, at first things are a tad cute, but as we dig deeper it becomes downright sad. Dev Patel seems to be in a constant fit. He looks like he is heading for a nervous breakdown. Hugh’s presence was supposed to make things powerful however Neil doesn’t offer him much to act on.

Neil’s obsession with Sci-Fi has become sheer pathetic. He seems to be trying to assemble a golden egg like District 9 but unfortunately he has simply ran out of juice. He doesn’t surprise us anymore. With Chappie coming in strong as a bland and lacklustre movie, I wonder what would he do to his next best thing – The Alien project?

Night at the museum Secret of the Tomb Review (2014) | One-time watch

Night at the Museum Secret of the Tomb lacks the lackluster of the first installment. Of course, that goes without saying I guess. Ever since they decided to come up with scripts that could stretch the original a bit, a lot of us had already lost interest.

Shawn Levy brings, yet again, another part to the franchise that has so far been successful in raking him decent moolahs. So this one right here is just another endeavour to elongate the already majestic Milan Trenc book that should have stopped right at the first part.

Nevertheless the movie is a happy hoot and as long as it brings smile to our faces, nobody’s complaining.

Breaking Down Night at the Museum Secret of the Tomb

Night at the museum: Secret of the Tomb is just another flick that promises a little bit adventure with a little humour. It does venture into wee bit drama, as its predecessors have, with some side story focusing occasionally at the father and son tension. However, everything still ends up being forgettable and dispensable.

Still of Rebel Wilson in Night at the Museum Secret of the tomb

The best thing about Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb is Rebel Wilson. She tickles your guts with her cool humour.

To see Robin Williams come alive once again was actually nice. There were some new introductions and pleasant additions to the story besides the old gang, which I believe might carry forward unless Shawn starts minding the money.

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One Teensy Spoiler Ahead

Watch out for ‘Huge Ackman’. He was charming as ever, even without his blades! 😉

One weird thing about the flick is that with the inclusion of such a huge cast, screen-time became an issue. Juggling with all characters to deliver witty one-liners was kind of a hard job. You could see that hotchpotch unfurling gradually.

Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb is a one-time watch movie. In fact, perfect for kids. Also if you want that, once and for all, closure.

I would recommend go for it and then toss it in the backdrop of your mind where you don’t go often to scour memories.

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