Jackman Bows Out!!!

It’s T.G.I.F again and today’s movie is just… wow. Trust me. Hugh Jackman has had a great run as Wolverine with 17 years of playing the part. And yeah, I’ve said it over and over again; he was practically made for the part and I don’t know if there’s any other actor that can replace him. As usual feel free to contradict moi.

In his last sequel “Logan”, Jackman is the ageing Wolverine (wait a minute! I thought he couldn’t age…hmm), that spends his days working as chauffeur and guzzling booze (to dull the pain of ageing, perhaps), while he saves up money to buy a better life for him and sickly Professor X (I thought he was killed by Jane). It’s getting pretty confusing keeping up with the X-Men series. Anyway, he gets mixed up in this huge myriad with enhanced soldiers, mutant children and of course “a doctor hating mutant” that creates child mutants for profiteering. Ironic, isn’t it? And guess what? Logan has a daughter! Don’t ask me how either. The thing is I always assumed that Logan’s protégé would be a guy; I never imagined a female Wolverine…

The 2017 American superhero film featuring the Marvel Comics character Wolverine, produced by Marvel EntertainmentTSG Entertainment, and The Donners’ Company, is the tenth installment in the X-Men film series, as well as the third and final Wolverine solo film following X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009) and The Wolverine (2013). The film was inspired by the “Old Man Logan” written by Mark Millar and Steve McNiven, which follows a past-his-prime Logan undertaking a final adventure in the post-apocalyptic future.

Directed by James Mangold, who co-wrote the screenplay with Michael Green and Scott Frank, from a story by David James Kelly and Mangold, the film stars Hugh JackmanPatrick Stewart (Charles Xavier), Richard E. GrantBoyd HolbrookStephen MerchantEriq La SalleElise Neal and Elizabeth Rodriguez  while introducing Dafne Keen as a young Wolverine.

Mangold who finally picked Dafne after a worldwide search for a kid to portray the character of Laura, mentioned “I mean, it was a huge risk for Fox to allow me to make a movie where the third point of the triangle was built upon someone so young.” But afterwards said “If anyone could steal a movie from [Jackman], it would be Dafne. She carries, all the time, a slight strangeness.”

Logan premiered at the 67th Berlin International Film Festival on February 17, 2017, and was theatrically released in the United States on March 3, 2017, in standard and IMAX formats. It has grossed over $603.6 million worldwide against its $97 million budget, making it the second highest-grossing film of 2017.

In the US, Canada and UK, the film was preceded by a short film, Deadpool: No Good Deed . Which seemed to me like a mockery of my beloved Man of Steel (Angry face). The teaser met with positive reviews. Ryan Reynolds posted an extended version of the teaser via his YouTube channel the day after the film’s release.

Two days before Logan’s release, ticket selling site Fandango reported that the film was outpacing all previous X-Men movies (except Deadpool). Worldwide, the film had a global debut of $247.4 million from 82 markets, the biggest of 2017 and the fifth-biggest ever for Fox. Logan grossed $440.9 million in its first 13 days of release, surpassing the entire theatrical gross of The Wolverine ($414.8 million). The film is Fox International’s third biggest launch of all time, behind X-Men: Days of Future Past ($172 million) and Avatar ($164 million).

Described as emotional, phenomenal, exceptional, The Dark Knight of The Marvel Comics and the best X-Men movie yet, Logan received praise from both critics and audiences, with some calling it one of the best superhero films of all time. On review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, the film has an approval rating of 92% and the critical consensus is, “Hugh Jackman makes the most of his final outing as Wolverine with a gritty, nuanced performance in a violent but surprisingly thoughtful superhero action film that defies genre conventions.Metacritic assigned the film a weighted average score of 77 out of 100, based on 51 critics, indicating “generally favorable reviews”.  Jackman’s performance as Wolverine has been lauded with wide acclaim and his performance topped The Hollywood Reporters Greatest Superhero Movie Performances of All Time list.  Can he get that gold statute now, pleaseeee!

If Jollyhood could describe Logan with one word; intense! The film had a plot, depth and packed quite an emotional punch. I shed a tear or two at the end (which never happened before watching previous sequels). I mean Wolverine wasn’t the usual tormented, blood, tasty beast.  He was more humane; with conflicted human challenges. I felt pained watching this dissipated version of Wolverine, but did get to see his old self at end with his famous move of leaping through the air and impaling his victim with both claws. *Huge grin*

I also like that the film had this real feel to it, that it didn’t have the usual computer generated imagery and futuristic stuff associated with the X-Men series. And while I have reservations about putting kids in such violent roles, Dafne was simply brilliant as the character “Laura”. For a kid that young, she matched Jackman in performance without allowing his screen greatness overshadow her. In conclusion, “Logan is the best Wolverine sequel of all the franchise”.

There are some talks of a Wolverine/Deadpool crossover in the Deadpool sequel, despite the fact that Logan was meant to be Jackman’s final appearance as Wolverine… hmm. But not with Jackman who declined and his reason being that he felt Logan had the perfect ending to Wolverine’s story. Good for you, Hugh. Better to bow out when the ovation is loudest. Just ask Arnold, (tongue in cheek). But Patrick Stewart seems to have changed his mind about Logan being the final time he would play the role of Professor X, with him indicating interest in reprising his role in Deadpool 2 or the Legion TV series. Guessing Logan’s success has something to do with it?

Mangold stated that with the introduction of Laura Kinney / X-23 into the X-Men film universe, he would like to see the character appear in future films, and would want to be involved should that happen. Simon Kinberg, producer of the X-Men film universe, later stated that the studio had plans for future movies that would be revealed soon, and that there might be another film featuring X-23 in the future.

There you have it folks; Logan’s a must watch. Do check it out this weekend and send in your comments. More movie gist for you on Tuesday. Until then; toddles!


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