Episode 170:Logan film review

As no other podcasters are talking about it, Martyn and Gerrod thought they would shine some light on Hugh Jackman’s latest film, Logan.

Logan is more than just a superhero film; it’s a poignant and gritty exploration of mortality and legacy. This movie is the tenth instalment in the X-Men film series, and the third and final Wolverine solo film following The Wolverine (2013).

The film draws inspiration from “Old Man Logan” by Mark Millar and Steve McNiven, and takes place in an alternate future where mutants are nearly extinct. We follow an aged Wolverine and a deteriorating Professor X as they embark on a dangerous journey to protect a young mutant named Laura from the villainous Reavers and Alkali-Transigen, led by Donald Pierce and Zander Rice, respectively.

What sets Logan apart is its focus on character development and the exploration of themes like regret, loss, and redemption. The action sequences are visceral and intense, but they serve a greater purpose in the narrative, highlighting the physical toll that years of fighting have taken on Wolverine and his fellow mutants. Hugh Jackman delivers a powerhouse performance as Wolverine, bringing a raw emotion to the character that we haven’t seen before.

Logan is not just a superhero film; it’s a powerful and emotional story that leaves a lasting impact on its audience. It’s a fitting conclusion to Jackman’s iconic portrayal of Wolverine and a testament to the enduring legacy of the X-Men franchise.

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Ryan Reynolds interviews Hugh Jackman

Hugh Jackman is currently doing the press rounds for the upcoming sports drama, Eddie the Eagle. On one of those junkets he was surprised to find Ryan Reynolds in the interview chair. Reynolds crashed the junket and asked Jackman a bunch of questions, most of which were sly digs at X-Men Origins: Wolverine. Reynolds shared the video on his YouTube channel, which you can view below.

Wolverine 3 to be R-rated?

Well, that didn’t take long. After not wanting to make the film, it looks like 20th Century Fox is set to embrace the publics desire for R-rated superheroes. Following the box office success of Deadpool; it seems the studio has confirmed that Hugh Jackman’s last adventure as Logan, in Wolverine 3 will follow the example set by Deadpool. Here’s a leaflet handed out at a Toy Fair, which reveals the rating they’re aiming for. 
It’ll be interesting to see if this actually happens, there are many superheroes that could benefit from an R-rating. Wolverine is certainly one of those. 

Review-X-Men: First Class DVD

X-Men: First Class is a fantastic film that surpassed my expectations after the disappointment of X-Men 3 and the forgettable Wolverine. The story begins in 1944, with a young Erik in a Nazi concentration camp. His powers are discovered by Dr Schmidt (Kevin Bacon), who encourages him to unleash them in a brutal way. Meanwhile, a young Charles Xavier befriends young Raven/Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence) when she’s caught stealing food disguised as his mother.

Fast forward to 1962, where Charles (James McAvoy) teams up with CIA agents to search for other mutants. During a mission, they encounter Erik (Michael Fassbender), who is still on the hunt for Schmidt, now a wealthy man named Sebastian Shaw. Shaw is assembling his own group of mutants to rise up against humans.

The acting is superb, with Fassbender and McAvoy delivering standout performances. However, the film does suffer slightly from having too many characters, making it challenging to give each one adequate screen time. Some of the mutants include Angel, Azreal, Banshee, Beast, Emma Frost, Darwin, Havok, and Riptide. Hugh Jackman also makes a cameo appearance as Wolverine.

There are some continuity issues that die-hard fans may notice, such as Xavier being left wheelchair-bound in this film, but walking unaided in the flashback opening of X-Men 3. Additionally, in the ’80s-set Wolverine, there’s a teenage Emma Frost, while in First Class, she’s a fully grown adult. The only significant flaw in the film is January Jones’s performance as Emma Frost, which falls short of expectations.

Despite these minor criticisms, the film is thoroughly enjoyable, and the standout performance of Nicholas Hoult as Hank McCoy/Beast is noteworthy. His American accent is convincing and natural.

Overall, X-Men: First Class is an excellent addition to the franchise, and I would welcome another film with this cast.