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The Kid Who Would Be King (2019) Review

THE ONCE AND FUTURE KID


 

The names of Camelot, Excalibur, Lancelot, Morgana, Merlin, and Arthur Pendragon are some of the main staples to the many different iterations of the Arthurian legends of King Arthur. Taking inspiration from many the tales of British folklore, the legend of King Arthur has been told and retold through a multitude of accounts, finding its origins within 12th century medieval England. With the passing of the tale, the story of Arthur has passed through the ages, reimagined and refined the British figure into a legend in both folklore and in literary. While many novels and books have written on the legend of King Arthur, none is more famous than version written by English novelist T.H. White titled “The Once and Future King”, which consist of the widely and well-known part of the Arthurian tale (i.e. The Sword in the Stone). Much like the literary world, Hollywood as a plethora of cinematic tales (made for the big and small screen) that represent the legend of King Arthur. This includes Disney’s 1963 animated feature The Sword in the Stone and 1998’s Quest for Camelot, the films 1995’s First Knight and 2004’s King Arthur, 2017’s King Arthur: Legend of the Sword, and 1998’s television movie Merlin amongst many others. Now, 20th Century Fox and director Joe Cornish present the latest variation of the King Arthur legend with the YA film The Kid Who Would Be King. Is this new cinematic take on the old legend worth seeing or is it just another “run-of-the-mill” endeavor from the illustrious Arthurian lore? Read more

Logan Review

JACKMAN’S LAST STAND


 

Logan. Wolverine. Hugh Jackman. The X-Men have had a bumpy road, navigating through the tales of various mutant characters with some powerhouse hitters to mediocre endeavors. However, the one constant in all the movies is the character of Logan (aka Wolverine) and the actor (Hugh Jackman) who plays him. Ever since the first X-Men movie, Jackman has always played the character, a perfect for such fearless and ferocious comic book mutant. Whether he’s playing a central role in the movie (X-Men, X2: X-Men United, X-Men: The Last Stand, and X-Men: Days of Future Past), starring in his own spinoff film (X-Men Origins: Wolverine and The Wolverine) or making a cameo appearance (X-Men: First Class and X-Men: Apocalypse), Jackman has demonstrated his dedication to moviegoers and fans of the “X-Men” cinematic universe, portraying the adamantium-clawed mutant and maintain the classic Wolverine trademark persona presence (i.e. gruff, meaty, a bit feral / animalistic, and always chewing on a cigar). However, just like the passage of time, Jackman can’t keep on playing the character forever, even if he’s a fan-favorite to many.  Now, in a sort of swansong moment, Hugh Jackman prepares for his final role as the titular mutant as 20th Century Fox and director James Mangold present the film Logan. Does this finale piece send Jackman’s Logan off masterfully or has the inherit hype and heavy fan base scrutiny of the “Old Man Logan” storyline diminished the movie altogether? Read more

X-Men: Days of Future Past Review

CHANGE THE PAST TO SAVE THE FUTURE


 

The X-Men movie franchise has had its ups and down since it began back in 2000. The first film (X-Men) was really good, the second film (X2: X-Men United) proved superior (probably so far in the series), while the third film (X-Men: The Last Stand) was ambitious with an interesting story, but ultimately wasn’t properly executed well. This is then followed by 2009’s X-Men Origins: Wolverine, a film showcasing the origins of the iconic mutant from the franchise, which was met with mostly negative criticism by viewers; leaving the future of the franchise in limbo. It wasn’t until 2011’s X-Men’s First Class came around and reinvigorated audiences with mutants, which was then followed by 2013’s The Wolverine; both films were met with mostly positive reviews, but still not better than the first two installments. With the franchise back on its feet, the seventh X-Men film debuts this summer titled X-Men: Days of Future Past. Is this latest installment destined to become the best of its cinematic franchise or has the film’s blockbuster hype fail to deliver all that was promised? Read more