In the near future, a weary Logan cares for an ailing Professor X in a hide out on the Mexican border. But Logan's attempts to hide from the world and his legacy are up-ended when a young mutant arrives, being pursued by dark forces.
Hey Moviegoers, here we are again treating you to two
reviews for the price of one. Two perspectives from yours
truly Cinemarcos and my lovely partner in crime and
everything else, Priscilla.
Nature made me a freak. Man made me a weapon. And God made
it last too long.
Wow! This is not your typical
X-Men movie. Take it from a fan from the very beginning
and who has enjoyed pretty much every one of them
including all the spinoffs. Some of them have been
stronger than others, yes, but I did enjoy watching them
all regardless. This one is no exception except that the
experience is so much different this time. This film is
dark, edgy, and in your face. It is by far the most bloody
and gory, no doubt about it. It is also entrancing and
dramatic. I couldn't look away from the screen. The story
is actually quite interesting which helps. Mutants have
dissipated and yet there is a new evil that still revolves
Logan: Who is she?
She's like you... she's very much like you.
As far as performances are concerned, and believe me they
are worth mentioning, we will start with the youngest of
the bunch, Dafne Keen in the role of Laura, the mutant
with the blades like Logan. She was spot on and did an
incredible job for such a youngster especially with all
the action scenes. A strong performance in every sense of
the word. I admire Hugh Jackman for his consistency and
dedication to this role and the numerous times he has
reprised it. This is so not common in the cinematic world
although it is generally getting better. Regardless, Hugh,
from a fan to your ears, THANK YOU for being Logan, the
Wolverine so many times and for so many years. As usual,
he gives a strong performance and this one arguably has
the most depth. My last but definitely not the least
honorable mention in this subject of performances is Sir
Patrick Stewart. Always refined and in control, we see him
in a surprising and completely different light. Of course
he nails his performance as well and as usual. One aspect
that makes this movie so out of the norm for an X-Men
movie is watching these two larger than life characters,
the Professor and Wolverine, reduced to a shell of
themselves in this view into the future, as especially
evident in their behavior and language. I'm sure Priscilla
will expand on that subject so without further a do . . .
As Cinemarcos mentioned, our favorite X-Men are not what
or who we are used to in this film. I mean, yes Logan is
still the Wolverine, but lets just say he's more human
than what we have previously seen. I have to admit that as
the movie began, I was not sold. Seeing Logan in this
aged, imperfect state, the Professor not the strong
protector of the "species" and mutants as a race nearly
non existant, was just a bit too depressing for my taste.
The feel of the film is semi-apocolyptic, at least as far
as mutants are concerned. Gone are the bright days of
Xavier's Institute for Higher Learning and life at that
glorious mansion with young mutants laughing as they walk
to their next class. Speaking of young mutants, little
Laura, who definately does remind me of a certain
Wolverine, was excellently played by little Miss Keen. So
much so that I had a maternal moment in which I thought
"this little girl is going to be traumatized from playing
this character"! She's quite convincing in the violent
scenes and then she turns around and makes you want to
hold her during the last moments of the movie which,
again, made me kind of mad because I could not accept it!
Overall, I'm a purist and want characters and stories to
go on the same way forever, which is not the case for this
film, but I wouldn't take back seeing it for the world.
By Cine Marcos & Priscilla
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