Movie Review: LOGAN – thanks to the violence and an R rating, Jackman’s final Wolverine movie is the best X-movie since X2, but doesn’t transcend PG-13 roots

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Logan is the R rated Wolverine movie that people were clamouring for, and thanks to the breakout success of Fox’s other X-Men property, Deadpool, it’s finally here.   It couldn’t have come at a better time, actually.  Less than a year after Deadpool, the Ryan Reynolds hit is still fresh in the minds of many moviegoers, certainly fresh enough to counteract the bad taste left by X-Men: Apocalypse last summer.  But does the R rating make it good, or just enhance an already good movie.  There’s definitely a difference, and for me it was the former, not the latter.  It is NOT an adaptation of Mark Millar and Steve McNiven’s Old Man Logan storyline, in any way, shape, or form – not even a loose adaptation.  I’ll get that out of the way first.

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Movie Review: X-MEN: APOCALYPSE

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Being honest, I’m not a big fan of the X-Men movies. I can’t deny that X-Men (2000) was a real game changer for superhero movies. Good actors, a decent script that didn’t attempt to water things down too much, and a good young director in Bryan Singer – and, of course, the breakout performance of Hugh Jackman as Wolverine. 2003’s X2: X-Men United, the year after Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man built on that, and paved the way for the genre being the annual cinematic staple it now is. Continue reading “Movie Review: X-MEN: APOCALYPSE”

Movie Review: DEADPOOL

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Not usually one for going to opening weekends for movies, I attended last night’s showing of Deadpool while visiting Iowa. As I silently predicted, the seats were rubbish. With it projected to do $117 million this weekend, and a strong rating on the tomatometer, getting to the movie – even the 9:45pm showing – 10 minutes before it started was always going to be tough. So yeah, crap seats – but actually, a decent audience. Continue reading “Movie Review: DEADPOOL”