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Movie Notes # 1 Logan


Adhavadhu, there is my personal bias towards non-superheroish superhero movies.
Hi to Marvel nonsense (Civil War, hi)

Films that actually take its story line and importantly its characters seriously. So when Logan is being pierced one zillion times by all sorts of steel, I actually felt bad for this depressed mutant who in the not so near future is facing an existential crisis and also a ‘Children of Men’ meets ‘ Stranger Things’ kindoff scenario.

Hugh Jackman is tired, because Logan is tired, infact no one in the film shows any kind of enthusiasm for living, can understand this when you are being chased by a killing machine made from your DNA. Buddies, being a mutant is not all dressing up in tight umm dresses.

Situation is so bad that, you never know you might get an X-Men as an Uber driver. Hard times.

Let’s get back to the non-superheroish ness of this Marvel film, there is no campy entry, no smirk accompanied one-liner, no cross selling of other future films. The fact that a comic book film wants to stand on its own as a film itself is admirable.

And it does it so well that, it becomes a Wolverine film only when the situation demands i.e a when Logan is parking his claws in the insides of some henchman. I love genre-mixing as well, this is in one part is a Chandler inspired detective novel with Logan playing the noble knight and seamlessly drifts into a chase western. Terrifying and touching in equal amounts.

Not some franchise pusher. Logan feels like a real film, a fitting end.

Marvel’s best. Easily. (Claw sound)

#Logan #NotBogan



<Ok, I know they are made of adamantium>


Just for amusement sake, let us imagine that this year of our lives is running parallel to a super hero film.

<Close your eyes and list in your mind the super hero films you have seen or heard about in the last 10 months, suggest you to leave out Iron Man 3>

<Now open your eyes and list in your mind the number of super hero or related films that is going to open in screens in the coming months>


Personally, keeping with the life-movie parallels I had given up hope entirely after seeing Man of Steel. I felt that even quick cash thumbing loan sharks would have more consideration to my time <which im already wasting by seeing summer blockbusters- suggest Chris Nolan to come up with a hi-fu time wasting within time wasting type film>

In a world where everybody is hopeless and are going to die (summer of 2013)

When I say James Mangold’s The Wolverine is not your average summer blockbuster, I mean it is a brilliant film considering the times.

Considering the times because the superhero is the Santhanam of Hollywood< he is a comedian that we deserve but also the one we are forced to see in every film>

I reiterate myself, I was pushed off the cliff of cinematic fun after seeing Man of Steel, my whole world was being filled with hope I did not need, with villains trying to destroy my world with a bore-well, with governments so inept that all they do is stare at plasma screen. Death which seemed nearer now, was more welcoming; until the kind adamantium based claws of wolverine grabbed me and he said to me in a soft but scary deep voice “Wait! We are not after your 120 Rs”

That of course was a white lie, what wolverine meant was “We are not ONLY after your 120 Rs, we have some stories to tell also”

If you think Man of Steel was an amazing comic book adaptation which brought the comic panels to life, so close that it touched your butter popcorn smeared lips; you should have stopped reading this article a long time ago.

The Wolverine has no superfluous concepts of alien attacks or end of the world by numerous means; it is a simple story of a different man stuck in turbulent times told with the easy uncut charm of its protagonist and interesting characters.

The action this time is almost entirely set in Japan with locales bringing out flashes from Logan’s long past. Pitching the famously erratic wolverine against the clockwork type martial art masters is interesting to watch, it also helps to see that this film works even better as a stand-alone adventure, almost noir-ish in its treatment of the abducted and the protector(also a recurring theme in Japanese lore and lit).

On a different level, it deals with the solution of being alone and the extent of damage a single act of kindness can cause.

While not completely opening its heart to the talented stunt generators usually over used in these summer films; Mangold and co use them as a necessary tool while not detonating half of Tokyo unnecessarily; just to create a spectacle.

It is more about spectacle rather than a few magic moments that used to permanently register in the retina of your mind, these days. The spectacle is fast losing its effect on me, they have only made a more tired individual who once sought the comfort of theatres to laugh and cry a little.

And it is this same individual who is saying that ‘The Wolverine’ is a great film, considering these dark times.

 The Wolverine starring Hugh Jackman is out now in theatres