Tag Archives: James Mangold

Logan

18 May

logan-poster(1).jpgHugh Jackman and Patrick Stewart return to their roles as Wolverine and Professor X, respectively, in this film that is almost certainly Jackman’s last run as Wolverine and might just be Stewart’s last as Professor X as well. And as far as swan songs go, they could not have asked for a better film.

It’s 2029 and mutants have become an endangered species. No new mutants have been born in years and only a few of the old guard are left. One of the few “lucky” survivors is Logan, who is radically removed from his glory days, being reduced to a suffering husk of his former self. And he has gotten off lightly compared to Charles Xavier, trust me. But then a new mutant enters their lives. A young girl (played by Dafne Keen) with a power set almost identical to that of Wolverine’s.

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The Wolverine

20 Aug

The WolverineFreed from the typical save the city/world antics that have too often plagued comic books films, Director James Mangold manages to showcase a film which fans of Claremont’s Wolverine would celebrate. A clear diversion from the first Wolverine origins film which was a mishmash of 4-scene cameos and glossed up action; ‘The Wolverine’ is a character driven story that borrows strongly from the comic.

The story is chronologically placed after the previous X-Men film, i.e. The Last Stand as we find Logan (Hugh Jackman) haunted in his dreams by Jean Gray (Famke Janssen) living out a life cursed with immortality. On Master Yashida’s (Hal Yamanouchi) orders, Yukio (Rila Fukushima) finds Logan and flies him to Japan for a final goodbye. Being the man saved by Logan from the nuclear bomb dropped on Nagasaki, Yashida offers Logan mortality in gratitude as he lies on his death bed. With a prompt refusal, a kidnapping attempt and a volatile granddaughter Mariko (Tao Okamto); things seem like anything but black and white. Continue reading

Knight and Day

7 Jul

A movie that is trying to be a comedy and an action movie at the same time can go wrong in a lot of ways and unfortunately ‘Knight and Day‘ was one of those movies that went horribly wrong in almost every possible way. Directed by James Mangold whose last directional venture was ‘3:10 to Yuma‘ (a movie I liked a lot), it was disappointed to see this quality of work coming from him.

The problem does not lie with the concept which revolves around a secret agent Roy Miller (played by Tom Cruise) who’s being hunted by his own agency because they believe he has gone rogue while he tries to clear his name, James bond style. His love interest is played by the completely ordinary June Havens (played by Cameron Diaz) whose character revolves around being the damsel in distress who gets saved by Roy Miller every single time. Now this has been done a million times over and can still be successful on an average level if executed well which is surely not the case here. Continue reading