James Mangold

Knight and Day (2010)


Knight and Day (2010)

Director:

James Mangold

Starring:

Tom Cruise

Cameron Diaz

Plot:

A young woman gets mixed up with a disgraced spy who is trying to clear his name.

Review:

I’ve watched this movie twice and I still don’t know if the characters are crazy. If they are then I think the movie is asking the question, is crazy something you can catch.

Tom Cruise is a spy that uses Cameron Diaz to get past airport security. She ends up getting pulled into his crazy life and eventually catching the crazy. Or maybe he just brings what was already there to the forefront, not sure.

In all fairness, she tries to escape multiple times, but he repeatedly drugs her and she eventually just accepts her fate. Then decides if you can’t beat them best join them so she starts pulling her own crazy shit.

Honestly, the movie is odd because of how Tom Cruise decided to play the character. Maybe he was trying to make it very different from Mission Impossible but still remain a badass, I’m not sure. He was just odd and Diaz just went from there.

3/5

Logan (2017)

Logan (2017)

Director:

James Mangold

Starring:

Hugh Jackman

Patrick Stewart

Dafne Keen

Plot:

In the near future, a weary Logan cares for an ailing Professor X somewhere on the Mexican border. However, Logan’s attempts to hide from the world and his legacy are upended when a young mutant arrives, pursued by dark forces.

Review:

A violent, indie Wolverine movie. I enjoyed the violence and language, but if they were going to be indie I wish they’d embraced it more. Wasn’t a fan of the ending, and not just because of the deaths, I wish they’d gone Children of Men and just ended it.

It was nice to see this Logan, and I liked the world expansion, but is it ever going to be expounded on? Or are we left with just that?

Too many questions and not enough answers.

3/5

The Wolverine (2013)

The Wolverine

Directed By:

James Mangold

Starring:

Hugh Jackman

Tao Okamoto

Rila Fukushima

Starring:

When Wolverine is summoned to Japan by an old acquaintance, he is embroiled in a conflict that forces him to confront his own demons.

Review:

I really liked X-Men and X2 but X-Men: The Last Stand was like a giant dump on the franchise. X-Men Origins: Wolverine wasn’t much better, in my opinion. They had a golden opportunity with Deadpool and Gambit, two of my favorite X-Men, and they wasted it. X-Men: First Class was again just ok.

All that was so that you could understand my feelings behind the X-Men franchise. They use to be day one in theater but I’ve been burned too many times and they’re now rented from Red Box.

Anyway, The Wolverine was probably the best one since X2, though I still didn’t think it was on the same level. The best part was probably the end credit scene and from what I’ve seen on the internet about the upcoming movie I’m actually excited about it.

There were several decent fight scenes, the scene on the train was ridiculous but fun. The movies have always made Wolverine more angsty than I ever thought he was, though I could just be misremembering. The scenes with Jean were stupid, and for someone grieving over his loss he jumped into bed with a new woman awful fast.

3/5 stars