Day 138 & Day 139 – Logan & Deadpool

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Movie Title: Logan

First Watch / Repeat Viewing

Running Time: 2 hr. 17 min.

Rated: R

Who did I watch with?: Stephie

Where did I watch it?: Home

Review:

Logan returns Hugh Jackman to the role of Wolverine for what appears to be the last time. Patrick Stewart plays an elderly, sickly, Charles Xavier suffering from the early stages of dementia or Alzheimer’s disease. The ability to control his powers is slipping and he is dangerous to everyone as a result. Rounding out Jackman’s supporting cast is Stephen Marchant who did a great job in the role of Caliban.

Things have not gone well for Logan. He is working as a limo driver along the Texas-Mexico border to support himself. He lives in a scrap heap left behind by a drilling company with Xavier and Caliban. The Professor needs to be kept inside a large metal drum and sedated, so that he doesn’t hurt anyone. Caliban helps take care of the professor. Everyone is treated poorly by an even angrier (somehow) Logan. Something is wrong with him and he doesn’t want to admit it. After an unwise carjacking attempt he begins to show wear and tear just fighting a bunch of street gangsters. This is not the Wolverine anymore.

Out of nowhere a woman approaches him and tells hims he has a new mutant, though none have been born for many years. Logan tries to ignore her, but she is insistent that he help get them to safety in Canada. Naturally, mysterious government forces are in hot pursuit and willing to do anything to prevent the child from making it out of the country.

The movie is action packed with epic moments of violence and great chase scenes. The movie is also a family affair for Logan and that makes it a particularly interesting story as he faces off against not only his surrogate family, but his biological one. The ending seems perfectly fitting. The only person that could ultimately defeat Logan does as Hugh Jackman’s story arc as Wolverine seemingly ends. It will be a tough set of shoes to fill for whoever steps into the role after him and it will probably need awhile to breathe.

Verdict:

He’s a dark character that has been treated too lightly. This is the Wolverine movie I’ve always wanted. See it.

Tomorrow’s Movie: Deadpool (2016)

 

Movie Title: Deadpool

First Watch / Repeat Viewing

Running Time: 1 hr. and 48 min.

Rated: R

Who did I watch with?: Stephie

Where did I watch it?: Home

Review:

Deadpool stars the self deprecating Ryan Reynolds in the title role. The plot of the movie is paper thin essentially boiling down to an origin story with a quest to regain good looks. The merc with a mouth has a compelling and fitting story unlike his abysmal turn in X-Men Origins: Wolverine which gets a nice nod. The story is very simple. Wade Wilson, having finally found true love, is diagnosed with terminal cancer throughout his entire body. After being contacted by an alleged government agent, he decides to go through a procedure they claim will cure him. Eventually he develops incredible healing powers, but is disfigured in the process.

The main villain, Francis, claims he can restore Wilson’s good looks and then escapes in a blaze. He wants to get his ugly mug fixed before he goes to see his fiancee. That’s it. But, Deadpool‘s charm is not in its story. Wade Wilson and the rest of the cast are hilarious. T.J. Miller is great in his role of Weasel and delivers some of the best lines in the movie. But, most of the other characters play it straight next to Reynold’s over the top comedy including copious sexual innuendo.

Verdict:

The story is simple, but the humor is great and appropriate to my expectations from a Deadpool movie. Break the fourth wall. See it.

Tomorrow’s Movie: Bride of Chucky (1998)

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