This week, our very own movie critic, Kevin McIndoe, gives his verdict on Logan: The Wolverine, Before I Fall, Dog Eat Dog and the much-awaited Smurfs: The Lost Village.
Logan: The Wolverine
The legendary movie star Bette Davis once proclaimed that “growing old isn’t for sissies”.
And even superheroes can find the onset of middle age a tad unsettling.
In this, the third outing for Hugh Jackman’s X-Men superhero, Logan (aka Wolverine) is a man facing up to middle age, and the only way is down.
It’s 2024, and he is hiding from the world and his legacy by working as a limo driver on the Texas-Mexico border, where a wall appears to have been erected (yes, really). Logan drinks too much, suffers from aches and pains, has fading eyesight and sports an unkempt beard. His infamous Wolverine blade claws are giving him arthritis and to top it off, he is losing his powers.
He now lives with the once wise and now invalid Professor Xavier (Patrick Stewart) in a dilapidated water tower.
But then an unexpected mission crops up in the case of a young girl called Laura (Dafne Keen) the first new mutant to emerge in 25 years. And for Wolverine, it’s a chance for Logan to prove to himself and others that he’s still got it.
Laura is in the sights of shadowy private military company and the sinister Dr Xander Rice (Richard E Grant). Logan must get Laura to safety before Pierce and his acolytes use her for their own nefarious ends.
The film paints of a picture of a world in which mutants are extinct, water is scarce, and the world is a very desolate place to be.
And this is the closest thing to a superhero movie for adults: it’s downbeat, thrilling, violent and, in parts, even occasionally poignant. See, enjoy, and don’t feel guilty about it.
Review by Kevin McIndoe
Before I Fall
When popular high school girl Sam Kingston (Zoey Deutch) wakes up on February 12, it seems like just another day. Until it turns out to be potentially her last and one that she is forced to relive repeatedly. Samantha has to work out what has derailed her life, by delving into the lives of those closest to her. Only by exploring her own existence can she find out how one day can make a difference to her life, and she must do so before time runs out. This is basically a Groundhog Day for teenage girls, so if that’s your bag then go for it.
Dog Eat Dog
Three ex-cons find that going straight is just too much of a challenge, especially in a society that consigns so many people to little more than minimum-wage misery. Troy (Nicolas Cage) the brains of the trio, can’t quite get over his frustration at the cards life has dealt him. Diesel (Christopher Matthew Cook) is on the Mob’s payroll, has a taste for adventure and a growing disenchantment with married life. Mad Dog (Willem Dafoe) lives up to his name. One more “perfect crime” means one final, big pay day. But they fail to pull it off and find themselves on the run from both the Mob and the police. For gritty thriller fans.
Smurfs: The Lost Village
A mysterious map sets Smurfwillow (voiced by Julia Roberts) and her friends Brainy, Clumsy and Hefty on a thrills-and-spills ride through the Forbidden Forest, which is filled with magical, weird and wonderful creatures. They must find a lost village before the evil wizard Gargamel beats them to it. Their journey is no joy ride but their mission takes them on a path that could lead them to the biggest secret in Smurf history. This is a fresh take on the cuddly blue characters that the kids will love. And if you’re old enough to remember The Smurf Song by Father Abraham, there’s a certain nostalgic element on offer for parents.
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