Logan Movie Review

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This movie is awesome. I will start off by saying that. We finally have a good Wolverine movie, and by far the best X-Men movie we have yet. This isn’t a superhero movie, no. This is a great film, with depth, well-written character arcs, the feels, that just so happens to have a comic book character in it. If you haven’t guessed it yet, yes, i LOVE this movie.

Okay so Logan is essentially the last time we see Wolverine on the big screen (FOR NOW) and the last time Hugh Jackman is gonna play the character. And what better way to send both the character and the actor off on a high note than with the third installment in the Wolverine trilogy. This character was what made Jackman into a household name and he has played the character for almost a DECADE. With the first two solo Wolverine movies being utterly crap, this one turned out to be a surprise to a lot of people. I personally felt that it was going to be good, just from the looks of the trailer itself. And thank God, it was more than i could’ve ever asked for.

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An aging Logan struggles with adamantium poisoning in his body that affects his healing factor, he hasn’t been able to heal as quick as he used to, evident from the scars on his body. This is not the nearly indestructible Wolverine that we’re so used to seeing. This one is weary and slow as we are shown when he gets into a fight in the opening scene. He works as a Chauffeur so he can take care of an ailing Professor Charles Xavier, whom he hides inside a large water tank due to his dementia and seizures which can kill anyone in his vicinity. Xavier may or may not have been the cause of the deaths of many mutants, especially the X-Men.

We are then introduced to Dafne Keen who plays Laura (Comic book fans will recognise her as X-23), who was the breakout star of this movie.  She gave a great performance as the runaway mutant and i hope we get to see more of her in the future.

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Logan is then tasked to take Laura, along with Prof X, to the Canadian border, where she claims other runaway mutants will meet in a “mutant haven”, all while being hunted by the Reavers. With a broken-spirited Logan, who numbs both his physical and emotional pain with alcohol, who wants nothing to do with her or her problems, we see that deep down he still may have a heart as he is convinced by Charles to take care of Laura, and we get to see them develop a bond as the movie went on.

This is Hugh Jackman’s best performance as the character. He is so dedicated to playing the character right ever since the first X-Men movie. What a way to send off the character and the actor well with the ending that was so emotional and poignant. That’s the other thing: this movie will make you cry. Amidst the heart-racing action scenes, it has its quiet moments where we spend time with the characters and get to know them on a deeper level. And it’s all thanks to James Mangold’s directing and vision. This is a movie with a mixture of genres that was well blended together seamlessly – Western, roadtrip, escort/chase movie, for a moment you forget that this is a comic book movie. Patrick Stewart says goodbye to his role as Charles Xavier with a sweet and pleasant performance and we will truly miss both his and Jackman’s presence in future installments of the X-Men franchise.

Logan is without a doubt the best Marvel movie that rivals the best DC movie The Dark Knight. This is a movie you have to experience for yourself, a reminder that a superhero movie can have great storytelling without the explosions and giant laser beams shooting into the sky. Logan definitely set the bar higher in terms of how a comic book movie is presented and also as a film by itself. It reminded me the feeling of watching a great movie that invokes the emotions, leaving the cinema with that warm fuzzy feeling that i just saw one of the best films ever made and i can’t wait to watch it again. This is definitely in my top favourites. All i want to say is thank you Hugh Jackman for everything you’ve done with this character and for your dedication to make this not only your last Wolverine movie but also one of your best films.

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Come on…let’s all agree that this is our Last of Us movie that we’ve always wanted.

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Guns N’ Roses: Not in This Lifetime Tour 25th Feb 2017 Live in Singapore

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I haven’t been blogging much because i’ve been pretty busy. I’ve been meaning to blog about a lot of stuff so let’s get to it!

First up is seeing my Hard Rock Heroes Guns N’ Roses live when they came to Singapore in February. I first got introduced to GnR in my mid-teens and i instantly became a fan of their music. They were the reason why i wanted to learn the guitar in the first place; to learn how to play their songs! Back then, seeing a GnR reunion felt like it was never going to happen because of the feud between the original members so i never got my hopes up. The closest i got to seeing a GnR concert was the time Slash came to Singapore with Myles Kennedy as the Singer and they played GnR classics, i thought that was what it felt like if a reunion were to happen. But again, i didn’t put too much thought to it seeing that at that time when Slash was promoting his Solo album, Axl Rose was touring with his new incarnation of Guns N’ Roses.

Lo and behold, a Guns N’ Roses Reunion happened and i was super excited about it! More so when they announced a concert here in SG!

So the 25th of Feb came. My body was ready. I’ve BEEN ready for many years already! I got my ticket, got my GnR T-Shirt on, GnR songs in my playlist, made my way to Changi Exhibition Centre.

I went to the Merchandise Booth and pretended to browse through the stuff they got displayed, because i couldn’t afford any of those, i mean, $50 for a T-Shirt?! I can get $20 for a Gnr T-Shirt at Peninsula! I’ve already spent too much on this ticket, which costs me $300. Food and drinks there were no exception so i skipped those too. Past experiences have taught me to have my lunch at home. The queues for the booths can get crazy long so i thought it best to get to the concert venue early to get a good view.

Tyler Bryant and the Shakedown was playing and they were good! I liked their music which sounded like the old school type of Rock that you don’t get a lot these days. I’ve followed them on their FB page and am going to check out more of their music pretty soon.

Wolfmother played later as the 2nd opening band. They were great too but their music didn’t resonate as well as TBATS did with me. I’m sure there were a lot of Wolfmother fans there that were happy to see them live based on the cheers when they played their songs.

So night came, the main event was about to start, the lights were dimmed, i was squashed in the crowd, just wanted them to get on stage already…where were they?

And then they came on with “It’s So Easy” and i just lost it. It was unbelievable. I saw Axl, Slash and Duff on stage live i was smiling from ear to ear. Axl sounded so damn good! Slash was legendary as always. The whole band was tight! All that waiting and sweating under the heat didn’t matter when they got on stage.

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For obvious reasons, Axl can longer able to do the snake dance as fluid as he could in his younger days lol.

I think i was that crazy, super hardcore fan that knew and sang to like 99% of their songs. It felt like a dream come true to see my favourite band playing the classic GnR songs like November Rain, Welcome to the Jungle and my personal favourite Nightrain. It was simply amazing. Everyone sang along to the songs, i got excited when they actually played some from the Chinese Democracy album (don’t hate, there’s some good stuff in that album too. I like to see it as an Axl Rose Solo album), what a night it was. I only wished they had played Don’t Cry, because that was the very first song i learned on the guitar, but despite that it still was a great setlist and i’m just glad they decided to reunite (albeit without Izzy and Adler) and perform here in Singapore.

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Thank you Guns N’ Roses, for your Music and an awesome night i’ll never forget.

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