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February 17, 2017 at 7:36 pm #1202014552
The new Wolverine movie has debuted at Berlin Internacional Film Festival and received raves, it currently has a 73 on Metacritic and a 96% on rotten Tomatoes.
Can it follow Mad Max steps (march release) and gain at least tech nominations? Or go furder and make it into Best Picture?February 17, 2017 at 9:42 pm #1202014613
Looks awesome and is by the same director as 3:10 to Yuma.February 17, 2017 at 11:03 pm #1202014621
I think this is the only Wolverine movie I’ve seen the trailer for and went “oh God, I need to see this.” Glad to see it’s doing well already.February 18, 2017 at 11:27 am #1202014969
The film itself is pretty damn good and surprisingly ultra-violent – but not in porny way. It definitely deserves all the praise it is getting, but I still say X2 is the better of these types of films.
That said, Hugh Jackman was absolutely fantastic here and will hopefully be remembered on the short-list of Oscar contenders. And speaking of, Patrick Stewart has to be nominated for this. He just has to. It’s Ian McKellen/Gandalf type stuff here. If he were in contention this current Oscar season, he’d sweep – and deservedly so in such a weak field.February 18, 2017 at 12:04 pm #1202015022
The film itself is pretty damn good and surprisingly ultra-violent – but not in porny way. It definitely deserves all the praise it is getting, but I still say X2 is the better of these types of films. That said, Hugh Jackman was absolutely fantastic here and will hopefully be remembered on the short-list of Oscar contenders. And speaking of, Patrick Stewart has to be nominated for this. He just has to. It’s Ian McKellen/Gandalf type stuff here. If he were in contention this current Oscar season, he’d sweep – and deservedly so in such a weak field.
so do you think this actually has a chance at the Oscars? For BP? Most people on this website don’t think it has a chance. But that’s what they said about Mad Max. I’m also thinking the film’s chances could be hurt by GOTG2, which I think could actually be a contender with its super rare 100 test screening score.February 18, 2017 at 6:53 pm #1202015301
I’m going to say probably a no on best pic, unless it’s a really weak year. I remember seeing “Mad Max” and feeling it was a definite Oscar contender, didn’t get the same feeling here other than Stewart and Jackman. If Jackman in particular makes it into best actor races, then it’s a possibility he could carry the film with him, but other than a few critics top 10 and maybe NBR or AFI, I don’t see it.
Can’t comment on Guardian 2 as the first one was painful for me to get thru so have no plans to see the second. Also I’m pissed it’s taking over the Tower of Terror at Disneyland/Cali Adventure, so I’m definitely boycotting that flick.February 19, 2017 at 6:59 am #1202015701
For what it’s worth, MM:FR was a mid-May release… I don’t get the feeling Logan will get anything except perhaps Jackman and maybe Stewart. Mangold doesn’t have the respected auteur status that George Miller possesses. Also don’t forget The Greatest Showman on Earth will be primed as Hugh’s “Oscar vehicle.” Oscar prospects aside, I’m hopeful for a great addition to the X-Men film canon.February 19, 2017 at 2:34 pm #1202015890
Looks not already disappointing and is by the same director as Knight and Day.March 1, 2017 at 10:03 am #1202027221
The trailer looks very sad. I already see this as a possible tear jerkerMarch 1, 2017 at 10:52 am #1202027237
I am so mad i missed the premiere. My friend met Huge Jackman. Hopefully i’ll be watching this tonight. Everyone at the premiere was all praises for the movie and said that it was really sad.March 1, 2017 at 1:04 pm #1202027353
Pete Hammon of Deadline said that Patrick Stewart will definatley be a contender to win the Oscar.March 2, 2017 at 6:00 pm #1202028304
The best film of 2017 thus far, and come December I think it will make at least my top 20. Best X-Men movie, and might also be the best in all Marvel Cinematic Universes, even better than The Avengers or Capitan America: Civil War. Aside from Heath Ledger in The Dark Knight, this might have the best acting I’ve seen in a superheroe movie. Hugh Jackman gives a performance that rivals the one in Les Misèrables as his best. Patrick Stewart in a career best. Newcomer Dafne Keen is excellent, and she reminded me of Eleven from Stranger Things (both character and performance). As of now, they’re all this year’s best. Jackman also has The Greatest Showman coming out this year, and it seems probable he will campaign for that. And while I think the chances of Keen being nominated are pretty thin, Stewart can actually be a major awards contended, as he should. Technical categories seem like it will be hard to crack into. Given the standard for these genre, there are very few visual effects. Maybe sound or editing, as my most likely bets. Picture, Director or Screenplay will never happen. Overall, a very surprising and emotionally affecting, touching film, something I would have never expected from a Marvel movie. Hopefully will not be forgotten come year’s end.March 3, 2017 at 9:27 pm #1202028989
Okay so I just saw Logan and it is the best blockbuster since the Jungle Book.
I want to start by Adresse get this Films Oscar chances. This movie needs to do good on the awards circuit. This is Marvel’s The Dark Knight, it might even be better. Hugh Jackman gives THE BEST performance of his career. He was better than ANY of the last Oscar nominees in the lead actor category. I am praying that he realizes this has an Oscar shot and moves the Last Showman back. I have a feeling that will be a contender and I don’t want this to be forgotten. I believe he is a producer on the last Showman, so I hope he is smart enough to move The Last Showman to next year so that he could get two Oscar nominations in the same year. He was so good. He had nuance, he was as subtle as Casey at times and as hammy as Denzel at times. He portrayed in inner turmoil and struggle brilliantly. He could easily create a narrative. He hasn’t won an Oscar and everybody LOVES him. Hugh Jackman is an ICON. He has dedicated almost his entire acting life to this character. You can literally ad him age throughout the movies. Not only do we watch him mature as a person, but we see him mature as an actor. This is his final outing as the wolverine. He dedicated this life to this character and now he is finished. You can see how he put his passion to create a memorable last ride. That is definitely a strong narrative- a beloved iconic actor who uses all of his energy and passion to create a memorable experience for the last time he will ever portray this character that he dedicated his life too.
Now this is how I am hoping his awards run will play out. Similar to Mad Max, critics groups will remember this movie- specifically Hugh Jackman and Patrick Stewart (I’ll get to him later) and maybe even (but 99% not a chance) Dafne Keen. So we will start talking in the forums. “Wow, the critics are remembering Logan, does it actually have a chance?”. And we’ll probobly say it doesn’t have a chance, but it at least starts the momentum. Next, SAG season rolls around, and I suspect that if the critics create enough noise, this movie could possibly get a lead actor and even an Ensemble nomination. Now at first I though that this wasn’t a SAG movie. I said to myself that there were not even that many big roles, and then I thought about it and that’s totally not true. We have our main group of four: Hugh Jackman, Dafne Keen, Patrick Stewart and Stephen Merchant. Each of them were brilliant. Next we have our bad guys: Boyd Holbrook and Richard E. Grant. Grant was serviceable and Holbrook was great. We also have the family that helped out Logan, Lauren and Charles: Eriq La Salle, Elise Neal, and Quincy Fause. La Salle was so great in that scene where he died and was about to shoot Logan. And then we have all of the kids, but the only one who had a big enough role to probably get an ensemble nomination was Jason Genao. He was very good as well. Elizabeth Rodriguez ( who I LOVE on OINTB) also has a fairly significant part as well. So I could see this movie totally getting a SAG nomination due to its cast if and only if people remember this movie through Critics groups. I could also see the acting going well with the Globes of the buzz is loud enough. I hope this is remebered by the guild: DGA, PGA, and most specifically WGA. Then it will have enough buzz to make it to the Oscars. I could honestly see this happening but it NEEDS to be remembered by the critics.
Out of all the parts of this movie, the most likely contender is Patrick Stewart. I talked about Jackman’s narrative, but Patrick Stewart blows his out of the water: an old beloved iconic actor who has never even been nominated for an Oscar, who will probobly die soon since he’s old, and will not play this character again. If someone tells me that this movie will get one major nomination, I will bet that it’s for Stewart. And he’s great too: he plays a crazy old man who goes out of his way to protect a young girl. And he has a death scene. He literally has all of the bate. This movie is honestly like someone sat ina lab and asked, “how do i turn a superhero movie into Oscar Bait?”.
Now if people go Gaga for this movie, hopefully they include Dafne Keen, who was also very good. She barely talked but she was able to convey emotion so powerfully, similar to Eleven. The very last scene was so gut wrenching solely because of her performance. It could have been so cheesy when she turned the cross into an X but it wasn’t because of her performance. Speaking of Eleven, I could see this movie being the Stranger Things of the Oscars. Stranger Things is about as far away from Emmy bait as you could get, yet it’s the front runner (don’t argue with me and tell me the crown is the frontrunner because some dumb people put it ahead in the predictions. Did the crown win SAG and PGA and get a WGA nomination? No so stfu). At first people said it didn’t have a chance. Then you had people saying maybe Ryder. And then maybe Brown. And then it got in at the critics and the globes. Then it won the guilds and now it’s the front runner. I could easily see Logan following a similar path (but I don’t think it’ll win anything.
I also think the script has a chance on the awards circuit. It is the best blockbuster script I’ve seen since… maybe ever. I could easily see it being this year’s Ex Machina (getting only tech nominations and screenplay).
Let’s say voters go Gaga for this movie. They decide that they finally found the movie to use as an apology for the dark knight. I would say that it would have a chance for ( in this order): Stewart, Jackman, Screenplay (could it go original since it is an established character but original story?), sound editing, sound design, Visual effects, cinematography, Dafne Keen, directing, and if they go insane for it Stephen Merchant.
Okay enough awards talk, now onto what I actually thought about the movie. One of the best superhero movies ever ( I still like Guardians of the Galaxy more, it’s my all time favorite movie). Very aspect of this movie was perfect.
The performance were amazing. Hugh Jackman gave the best performance of his career. He portrays his struggle, convictions, loneliness, and anger BRILLIANTLY.
Patrick Stewart was also on his A game. He showed us why we love him so much. He was brilliant as well.
I also loved Stephen Merchant. His role wasn’t huge, but he was VERY good.
Dafne Keen was also an AMAZING discovery as well. She was so good. She had very few lines but she had such a powerful presence that you could feel her emotion. The final scene was BRILLIANT.
The final major performance that stood out to me was Boyd Holbrook. He was very good. However, I kept thinking how much better his Narcos Co-star Wagner Moura would be in his role.
Next I want to talk about the absolutely brilliant script. I want to start by saying this was one of the funniest movies I’ve seen in awhile, but don’t get me wrong, it wasn’t funny like a MCU movie, it’s comedy was more along the lines of the “comedy” in Elle or Birdman. The script was brilliant in that it was well paced, suprising, very detailed, planted many seeds that had a HUGE payoff, hillarious, did not bore us while planting the seeds, had great dialogue, kept us on the edge of our seat, and was VERY inventive. The first thing that made me fall in love with the movie and the script is the first chase scene. Usually in a movie, a character runs away, gets in a car, crashes the other car, shoots em up, and then gets away. For example one of the most infamous examples is In The Force Awakens when they run onto the Falcon and Rey just happens to be a brilliant pilot and gets them to Safety. I fell in love with this movie when Logan was driving away and then attempted to drive through the fence and keep going. In most movies, no matter how unrealistic that would be, the characters would be successful; but Logan was so inventive and thoughtful in that he made a mistake. He couldn’t run through the fence and got stuck, and then we saw the sense dragging behind the car as he was driving. It was BRILLIANT.
I also want to call out the sound guys. The sound was amazing. Kudos to the sound mixers and editors.
James Mangold deserves major props as well. He did a great job in making such inventive directorial decisions.
I also want to give a shout out to the visual effects, music, and Cinematography. Every part of the movie was solid and everyone, from an extra to James Mangold to a sound guy, did a fantastic job.
This was such a brilliant, emotional tale of loss, family, and survival. I truly hope this movie is remembered come awards season.
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