X-Men’s Dark Knight Rises in Logan

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Beloved X-Men’s Wolverine completes his trilogy with Hugh Jackman at the helm of this great character portrayal in this series. 17 years have past since Jackman appeared in his first X-Men movie (2000) and I think it is fair to say he ended on top of his game (if it is truly his last appearance as Wolverine). A nod to Patrick Stewart is warranted as well; as his Charles Xavier was something never previously portrayed this way as shown in Logan. Between Patrick Stewart and Hugh Jackman, I don’t think you could have casted their roles any better in the entire series. As much as I could gush about the star power that shined through Stewart and Jackman, the rest of casting was preformed wonderfully and that is something that is rarely seen.

 

The story line wasn’t ground breaking by any measure but still refreshing as we rarely get to see an entire movie about a superhero in decline, facing their own mortality. I thought Dark Knight Rises did this very well with Christian Bale as an older Batman, but Batman wasn’t endowed with the indestructibility, the superhuman power of a Wolverine, etc. I have always enjoyed Wolverine due to; his tenacity, outsider mentality, ability to getting up to keep charging toward the enemy with such ferocity and disregard for his own personal welfare.  We realize early in the movie that although though aggressive, “take no prisoner personality” is still there in Logan, his physical body is not what it once was. He doesn’t bounce up quickly anymore, his wounds take much longer to heal and every movement of his seems to come from a sheer sense of exhaustion mentally and physically.

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Best of Gene Wilder

Dr. Frederick Frankenstein: Ah! Very good. Would you mind telling me whose brain I DID put in?

Igor: Then you won’t be angry?

Dr. Frederick Frankenstein: I will NOT be angry.

Igor: Abby someone.

Dr. Frederick Frankenstein: [pause, then] Abby someone. Abby who?

Igor: Abby… Normal.

Dr. Frederick Frankenstein: [pause, then] Abby Normal?

Igor: I’m almost sure that was the name.

Dr. Frederick Frankenstein: [chuckles, then] Are you saying that I put an abnormal brain into a seven and a half foot long, fifty-four inch wide GORILLA?

 

The Waco Kid (Blazing Saddles):
“You’ve got to remember that these are just simple farmers. They’re people of the land. The common clay of the New West. You know – morons.”

 

Jim (Blazing Saddles): Oh no, don’t do that, don’t do that. If you shoot him, you’ll just make him mad.

 

“You get nothing! You lose! Good day sir!”

Willy Wonka (Willy Wonka And The Chocolate Factory)

 

“I want a bigger cell! With better ventilation!” — Skip Donahue (Stir Crazy)

 

“But Charlie, don’t forget what happened to the man who suddenly got everything he always wanted. He lived happily ever after.”

Willy Wonka (Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory)