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Logan Review | The grisly send off we didn’t realise we deserved

Director James Mangold makes very good use of the R-rating Logan is given, there’s ample amount of violence, course language and even a couple of boobies.

However that’s not why the film sets itself apart from all Wolverine related films that have come before. Logan does something  to the audience in the two or so hours it has you for. It proves to you that Logan (Hugh Jackman) deserved this send off as much as we did, because it doesn’t try to pander to or be a product of the first two Wolverine (and 11 other X-men) films.

It’s its own beast, a steady moving dystopian road film that’s less heady escapism and more gritty storytelling that gives Wolverine more character than any other X-men film before it.

Set in 2029 with a worse-for-wear Logan, driving around people in a limo-for-hire to save money not only to (illegally) buy medicine for an ailing 90 year old Charles Xavier- who suffers seizures that causes anyone near him to get mentally rocked- but squirrel away funds to buy a boat for him and the once regal Professor X to live on the high seas like a couple of grumpy mutant pirates.

This, unfortunately, doesn’t come to pass. Not a spoiler, surely you would have guessed that this isn’t where the film’s headed- or it would have been called Logan’s Island.

Enter 11-year-old Laura (Dafne Keen), a dark-eyed orphan dumped into Logan’s life by a Mexican nurse (Elizabeth Rodriguez) from a local clinic.

She’s quiet, broody and her eyes speak of a child who’s seen too much and knows too much of a world that’s been less than kind to her- remind you of anyone?

If you guessed Logan wasn’t going to be the best of babysitters you would have been right, but he’s the one she’s stuck with and I’m making the situation sound much lighter than it is.

Watch the film, decide how off the tone of my review is for yourself.

It’s good, there are LOLS- mostly of the slice of life/every day wry variety that you would experience yourself.

But I give it 4 and a half JAWKWARDLOLS out of five because half of one of the LOLS got stuck in my throat after that final scene.

It’s out now in New Zealand cinemas and just in case you haven’t seen the trailer, or you just want to watch it again, check it out below:

 

Big Hero 6 – I Am Satisfied With My Care

https://i2.wp.com/www.allthatsepic.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/big-hero-6-group-poster.jpgFrom the heartless people who brought you Up comes this Marvel-inspired Disney superhero movie, Big Hero 6, about a huggable robot, a teenaged robotics genius experiencing and moving past his grief, nerds and loving science; co-directed by Don Hall and Chris Williams.

On a scale of one to 10 how much did this movie hurt you in the feels?
Call it an origin story if you will, being equal parts a love letter to Marvel and Japanese anime while remaining distinctly Disney at its core, the film manages to strike a balance between heartfelt Disney goodness in the form of the cuddliest robot ever helping a kid move past a tragic loss. That is hilarious- with enough line-straddling humour to make an adult laugh knowingly while filled with slapstick to keep the ‘target audience’ much entertained- with enough emotional upheaval to take an unsuspecting viewer unawares while visually stunning them with the ace animation. I mean, fist bump for for that animation.
 Hiro Hamada (Ryan Potter) is a 14-year-old robotics genius who lives in the futuristic city of San Fransokyo with his Aunt Cass (Maya Rudolph) and older brother Tadashi (Daniel Henney) and spends his time taking part in back-alley robot fights- which isn’t strictly illegal unless you bet on them. Older bro Tadashi, worried that Hiro’s wasting his potential, takes him to the robotics lab at his ‘Nerd School’ university, where Hiro meets Tadashi’s friends, GoGo (Jamie Chung), Wasabi (Damon Wayans, Jr.), Honey Lemon (Génesis Rodríguez), and Fred (TJ Miller), along with Baymax (Scott (Adsit), a personal healthcare robot created by Tadashi.

Convinced that he now has to attend the Nerd School, Hiro decides to apply and presents his project – microbots, swarms of tiny robots that can link together through electromagnetism to form various shapes and perform tasks cooperatively – in order to gain admission. Professor Callaghan (James Cromwell), head of the school’s robotics program, is thoroughly impressed and offers him a place. When a fire breaks out at the university, Tadashi rushes in to rescue Callaghan, but the building explodes along with our hearts. As a result of losing his brother, Hiro understandably secludes himself from the others. It’s only with the help of one healthcare robot, Baymax, and a ragtag team of science nerds, not to mention the evil villain that steals Hiro’s invention, that Hiro is pulled out his grief-induced funk.

The story wouldn’t be complete without the villain, and yes I felt like Fred just then. One that you ‘don’t see coming’ but sorta totally do because TWIST! You don’t mind that Amon is actually Noatak- whoops wrong animation, my bad. You don’t mind that the twist doesn’t come as too much of a surprise and the whole jab at ‘superhero revenge plot’ cliches- via Fred’s fanboying- is life. The film is uplifting yet bittersweet, which is indicative of real life. Things happen and you have to move past them and not allow them to change who you are for the worst, you are only in control of how you handle yourself in certain situations and your actions define who you are. It is this sort of aura about the movie that makes it so sick. Which, of course, is just an expression.

FOUR out of FIVE Silent LOLs because one of the LOLs were creys. A bucket’s worth. Also no snaps for the audience who all gapped it before the end of the credits- amateurs every single one of them. You never leave a Marvel-related film before the end of the credits, ever.

Stray Thoughts:

– Where’s Stan Lee… oh there he is. That four-day underpants trick is beyond nasty.

– Tadashi’s hot- don’t act like you didn’t think so too. But also, Daniel Henney- giggity.

– You wanna dance, masked man?