Saturday, April 8, 2017

Phil sees LOGAN from 20th Century Fox - April 2, 2017

Like with my last blog post, today's film is also the last time that this actor will portray this hugely popular comic character on the big screen ever. For the past 17 years, actor Hugh Jackman made X-Men history by being cast as one of the greatest Marvel mutant characters of all time: Wolverine! Now, we say goodbye to him in this, his finest acting performance ever! Make no mistake, LOGAN is one of the best films to come out of 20th Century Fox's X-MEN universe and reminds all of us of how talented Mr. Jackman really is.

The film's official synopsis: In the near future, a weary Logan cares for an ailing Professor X somewhere on the Mexican border. However, Logan's attempts to hide from the world and his legacy are upended when a young mutant arrives, pursued by dark forces.

Right off the bat, let me just say this: THIS IS THE WOLVERINE I HAVE BEEN WAITING FOR TO SEE SINCE 2000!! Jackman's performance of Old Man Logan is spot on!! His Logan is haggard, weary, laced with regret, remorse and alcohol. He's once again retreated from the world and wants to stay hidden from it. He's still ultra violent when he's backed up against that wall and he cusses like a truck driver. But, he still cares and it comes though, especially towards the end of the film. Needless to say, if he does get an Oscar for his portrayal of Logan, there will be Hell to pay!! An outstanding acting job from Hugh Jackman!!

Another incredible acting job hails from a true legend. Patrick Stewart surprised me with his role as Darcy in THE GREEN ROOM. Here, he commands the screen once again, but for a different reason. This is a Professor X we have never seen before. Old, sick and suffering from fits of dementia, Professor C has seen better days. Losing his school, mutants nearing extinction and no longer able to control his powers, Stewart's performance is sheer brilliance!

Director James Mangold  gives the film a real gritty, dirty visual; complementing the dire and bleak script written by Mangol, Scott Frank and Michael Green. Together, these three individuals have crafted a work of art; visually stunning and heartbreakingly poetic. Sometimes we get one or two elements that work. Either the movie looks great but has no heart. Or the characters are well defined but the story lacks that essential emotional punch that takes it to the next level. Lastly, it has both fantastic story and characters but the directing is absolutely horrible. This movie contains the trifecta that I've been wanting to see in the X-MEN cinematic universe!

To make this short and sweet, LOGAN is one of the best superhero films of 2017!! You owe it to yourself to see this movie on the big screen!! Get out to your local movie theater and watch this outstanding movie!! 5 out of 5 stars!! Highly recommended!!

LOGAN is currently playing in both regular and in IMAX theaters nationwide. Check your local listings to see where it's playing at a theater near you.

Thanks for reading, and enjoy the show!

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