Two Fairy Tales . . . So To Speak
"Logan" and "Beauty and the Beast"
It has been a busy movie week for me that has revolved around claws and horns.
First on my list was seeing "Logan" which may be Hugh Jackman's last shot at playing the Wolverine.
As the ultimate X-Men fan (I own issues 1 to 10 of the original comic) it was both entertaining and depressing to see Wolverine and Professor X getting old. But it is the circle of life.
In this film mutants are nearly extinct and an elderly Professor X, who is plagued by worsening seizures, has been hidden from the world by Wolverine in a Mexican desert.
Logan has drifted from Superhero to the gutter with endless drinking and being forced to make extra cash as a limo driver for teenagers attending proms. How low can you go?
But naturally even this peaceful gutter existence is not allowed to Logan. Generic bad guys show up in large enough numbers to allow for some good, solid "R" rated slaughter.
I felt some aspects of the plot were a bit weak while other parts soared to the best of quality. Where this film shakes out in the long list of Superhero films is to be determined.
Bottom line, a fun if depressing film.
Rating - 8 out of 10
A Beauty and the Beast remake had to happen.
The live action/CGI 2016 release of The Jungle Book grossed nearly $1 Billion.
The stage was set for a re-imagining (or regurgitation if you will) of many of the popular later Disney films trapped in the now dated cartoon format. Look forward to new versions of The Little Mermaid, The Lion King and Aladdin.
Re-imagining classic stories is certainly nothing new. The original version of Beauty and the Beast was published in 1740, retold again in 1756, 1771, 1889 and many more. University researchers say the basic story is 4,000 years old.
The current CGI/live action film is the basic fairy tale format with the added dash of Disney musical numbers.
The acting is of good quality, special effects solid, beautiful photography and the music hits good notes.
The characters did not grab me as strongly as in the 1991 animated version. But that might just be me. In a sold out Sunday noon matinee the audience twice broke out into sustained applause. I have not seen that in a theater for a long time.
Rating - 7 out of 10