Movie Review: Logan

She’s like you… she’s very much like you.

Logan is directed by James Mangold (The Wolverine) and it stars Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart and Dafne Keen.

In the year 2029 majority of the mutants are dead, and with an ailing Professor X, Logan has to make ends meet to keep them hidden and away from society. However when a lady and a young girl approaches him, he uncovers the young girl’s secrets and faces the dangerous people that’s pursuing her.


The Good

This is very different from the past X-Men movies we have seen, that’s not necessarily a bad thing but in Logan it worked perfectly. The movie takes advantage of it’s R-rating giving us the long-time awaited violence The Wolverine has to offer but also gave us a much more humanistic element to this movie.

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The movie is very grounded, there are no costumes no blockbuster set pieces but rather we have a very intimate story between Logan, Charles Xavier and Laura. One of the best things in the movie is the relationship between Charles and Logan. From watching all the X-Men movies we know what the characters have been through and you feel the gravity of their relationship.

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This movie is very character driven and all characters were great, Dafne Keen (Laura) in particular doesn’t say a lot of dialogue however her body language and her facial expressions makes her character and she’s fascinating.

Majority of the time you get the feel of drama here and there with plenty of touching moments however the movie doesn’t shy away from it’s action set pieces. With this being Rated-R we get plenty of violent action sequences both coming from Logan and Laura and it’s glorious.


The Bad

The only complaint, and it’s very minor, is how the third became cliched, and though the two-thirds of the movie barely reminds you that this is an X-Men film, the third act goes into X-Men territory and reminded you that this is still a part of the X-Men Universe.


Rating

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Overall Logan is The Best X-Men story told in the big screen, after 17 years of portraying Logan and Professor X, Hugh Jackman and Patrick Stewart gave it their all. Their portrayal in this movie is something we’ve never seen before compared to their previous X-Men movies. The R-Rating this got is utilized perfectly, the banter between Logan and Charles Xavier is humorous and at times touching. Dafne Keen is also great and definitely a star in the making.

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With Logan you get a bit of everything, it’s hybrid mix of a road trip movie with some elements of a western and let’s not forget the superhero side of it. With Logan being the last portrayal of Hugh Jackman as Logan and Patrick Stewart as Professor X, it is a bittersweet ending to a legacy that will not be forgotten.

Good Bad 4.5/5
  • Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart & Dafne Keen
  • Grounded Story
  • Brutal Action Sequences
  • Cliched 3rd Act

Graphic Novel Review: Marvel 1602 By Neil Gaiman

Marvel 1602 puts some of the big names (Nick Fury, Peter Parker, The X-Men, Fantastic Four etc.) in the Marvel Universe in 17th Century England. The Queen is ill, the witchbreeds (mutants) are being captured and burned, an unknown force is threatening the world and Dr. Doom is also plotting a scheme that may lead him to world domination.

With the award winning Gaiman telling the story, one can expect one hell of a story with twists and turns and an unpredictability that keeps the readers guessing. However, Marvel 1602 falls short in that section and does not quite deliver story wise. That said, it does not mean that it’s a bad one but it is a fun read and seeing some of the superheroes out in their 17th Century clothing is quite a refreshing view. There are a lot of characters in here and most are creatively utilized, some however could’ve had better writing like Peter Parker/Parquagh who’s role is mostly Nick Fury’s errand boy. The 17th century dialogue is also there but most of the time it comes off quite cheesy and could be somewhat uninteresting.

The artwork, as most Marvel works is amazing and even with the 17th Century style of the characters you would not fail to recognize who they are in relation to the current ones. The subtle change in the names of the characters is also a nice touch. From Nick Fury to Nicholas Fury, Charles Xavier to Carlos Javier. Once again this adds a refreshing feel to the whole series.

One major complaint in the series is the lack of super villains. With Victor Von Doom labelled as the major villain. The threat that he brings is not very convincing. With the amount of superheroes present, the presence of Dr Doom is underwhelming.

To conclude Marvel 1602 could have been a classic, great concept and a roster of characters that are used in very creative ways. It’s all there, however what the series lacks is direction. There are so many things happening here at some points it gets convoluted. Nevertheless, it’s still enjoyable as most Marvel works are and with the large roster of characters used here it always gives a reader an exciting vibe for anyone in the Marvel Universe can show up at any moment in the book. Therefore it still possess an unpredictable yet delightful read overall.