Black Panther (2018)

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Captain American:Civil War introduced us all to a new hero, Black Panther.  We see that after the death of his father, the new king T’Challa seeks revenge on the ones that caused his fathers death.  Things get complicated and basically, he returns to him homeland of Wakanda after helping restore order amongst the other heroes.

Black Panther sees our hero have to fight to claim the throne throughout the film.  First facing another tribe leader and then having to face his own vengeful cousin.

This film is full of non stop action from start to finish because, it’s smack bang in the middle of Civil War and Infinity War so there’s no time to waste.  It feels as though we’re too far down the line here for an origin story but this film does work on some level.  I think that in order to have Black Panther fighting with our other heroes we needed to see him prove he can live up to them, this film proves that.

The acting is great, such a brilliant cast including up and coming actor Daniel Kaluuya who was nominated for an Oscar for his performance in ‘Get Out’.  We’ve also got some old favourites such as Forest Whitaker and Andy Circus in supporting roles. I personally am still warming to Chadwick Boseman, I’ve not seen him in enough to know whether or not I like him just yet.  He’s alright as Black Panther but I think there are better young actors out there, time will tell…

As with all Marvel movies the VFX are flawless, there’s plenty of them in this one due to the advanced technology in the city of Wakanda it’s got more of a sci-fi feel to it then other Marvel movies and the actual sets and landscapes used are stunning, my personal favourite without saying to much is scene when T’Challa is ‘dreaming’.

Overall, it’s a good addition to the Marvel franchise however, it lacks connections to the other films in more ways than one.  If you see this movie as a stand alone film then you’ll enjoy it but as a Marvel fan that was wanting an explanation on a certain story-line you’ll be disappointed like me…

Perfect Popcorn Score – Black Panther gets a seven from me, I wanted something that connects because I think that’s the stage we’re at now and this felt isolated. Also something was never brought up and I think the fans needed it to be addressed. 7/10

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Logan (2017)

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My first thoughts on ‘Logan’ were simply, ‘what else can you do with this character?’.  I mean this is the third stand alone Wolverine film we’ve had and then there’s all of the ‘X-Men’ films he’s appeared in as well. However, this is the best Marvel film I’ve seen in a while.

Logan’, is set in the year 2029 and surprisingly not that much has changed technology wise in the world, no floating cars for example and I liked that because it can be too distracting sometimes. We learn in this film that something has happened, resulting in the end of the X-Men.  All that is left is Logan and Xavier and they do have help from another mutant called Caliban.  Xavier is now highly unstable and seems to have some form a dementia, possibly caused by the same incident that wiped out the X-Men.  Then there is Laura, a young girl with all of Logan’s powers (and attitude).  The woman that saves Laura, claims that Logan is her father and that he needs to protect her.

Throughout the film Logan and Laura form a bond, she gives him something to live for when he has lost everything.  Logan learns that she is his daughter as a team of scientists created Laura and others like her using the DNA of mutants.  There is none stop action in this film from start to finish as well as some emotional scenes. It’s defiantly a more gritty film than we’re used to in this franchise from the fight scenes to the actual story.

Hugh Jackman is ‘Logan’, there will be no other actor for me that can play this role.  I know they’re going to recast in the future but I really wish they wouldn’t, especially after this brilliant performance. The cast for this film were great, I’d like to highlight Dafne Keen, her performance as Laura was fantastic. Another thing I liked about this film is that there are no unnecessary  mutants, everyone fits into this film and that’s what they need to be careful of with this franchise because for me ‘X-Men: Apocalypse’, was just a mess of a film.

Effects were great and only used where needed, this film had more of a hand-to-hand combat style.  The only issue I had was the CGI used for Logan’s clone, it looked too false in my opinion.

Overall I loved this film, the ending was emotional and it had everything the others didn’t.  This is a film with heart, the story was great and the acting was brilliant and like I said that ending gets you.

Perfect Popcorn Score – It gets a nine from me, great action and a lot of emotion but not the best CGI. – 9/10.