Thursday March 30, 2017
Book 17: A Little Immortality — Part I
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Kong: Skull Island

KongSkullIslandI loved Kong: Skull Island. Even with burning eyes and a tension headache from twenty-two hours awake, I loved it¹.  When it’s out on Blu-Ray I will own it. I do not love this movie enough to marry it because that would be silly, but if I saw this movie in high school I would totally have a crush on it and write notes to it in class.

It’s late. I’m really tired. That got weird². You get the point. Threshold of Awesome? CLEARED. This is easily my favorite film of the year thus far. The year is still young³, but for now Kong is totally King.


 

¹I saw it in IMAX 3D, and that contributed to the tired burning of my eyes, but the big factor was insomnia. No regrets. It was beautiful.

² I’m not ashamed of weird. I acknowledge it and move on.

³ Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol 2 threatens Kong’s top spot, but that doesn’t bother me. Whoever wins, I win twice.

 

Logan

LOGAN-ArtposterIn 1935, at the rehearsals for his Symphony no. 4, composer Ralph Vaughn Williams said “I don’t know whether I like it, but it is what I meant.”

Artists of all stripes will find these to be words to live by. They’re also good words for those who critique all the stripey types of art, and they kind of describe how I feel about Logan. Paraphrasing with a twist: “I didn’t have fun, but I wasn’t supposed to.”

Logan is a powerful drama with elements of action and suspense. It earns its R-rating on all fronts, and with maybe one or two exceptions it only does so in strong service of the story. Everybody turns in brilliant performances, and they ground the fictional world of Wolverine and Professor X in a near-future that very much seems like ours.

If your only exposure to Marvel Comics has been through the Avengers cinematic franchise, Logan may leave you wondering when comic books started telling such deep stories. The answer is “since about the beginning of comic books.” Sequential art goes way back. Dialog bubbles and newsprint are new, relatively speaking, but we’ve been putting actual drama in those for a long time.

The salient point here is that if you’re hoping for something to whet your appetite for Spider-Man: Homecoming, or Thor: Ragnarok, Logan is not the hors d’oeuvres you’re looking for.