Review Anew Adieu: Wolverine, Graveyard Book, Pushing Daisies

Wolverine:

Was it just me, or did Logan and Creed seem to be the Canadian government’s two-man way of apologising for draft dodgers? Would be cool to see them in a Captain America flashback. Along with this guy:

http://www.wwiihistorymagazine.com/2005/july/col-profiles.html

As an origin story I felt it did many things with a central character that X-men could not do with its uncentred ensemble. Overall, I felt it to be a lot more fun than the X-Men movies, and that occassinally the message of social isolation was brought across better by these various shades-of-grey characters who are very alone. Also, best use of an opening titles to cover a character’s history (yes, I still haven’t seen watchmen) I’ve seen for a while.

 In retrospect, I think I was half expecting the incident in Africa to conclude with the advent of the enraged weather-sage powers of a young Storm, just as Logan walked off screen. Kind of glad they didn’t. The tie in with a young Scott Summers put a face on the liberation I liked,but only as it didn’t go on too long. Similarly, for me Stryker didn’t come into his until later on in the movie. In the murder sequence he goes from zealous bureaucrat to sociopath, eventually pulling off the scene where he is standing over Deadpool, has three mutants that want to kill him for various reasons, and is as cool as a knife. The Sabretooth story somehow makes him a bit better than the usual killer-mutant-hunter-killing-mutants, taking out the guy behind the hero every few scenes for dramatic emphasis. Instead Sabretooth is occassionally chilling, occassionally sad, and the ‘nobody kills you but me’ squeaks by conceivable. Barely.

As such, I’m willing to forget a lot of stuff (must a taken a couple of rounds to the head) like – hey, Sabretooth is completely different in the next movie. I presume this is because he sought out Magneto, whose metal manipulation powers would be able to graft adamantium in a manner he himself could survive, but a botched attempt on his head alone left him with evere memory loss, intelligence lowering and creepy Neanderthal forehead. Or why Prof X apparently could read Scott Summer’s mind, but didn’t know anything about Wolverine. Must have been becauseWolverine was shot in the head for a while. Yeah, thats it ….

The Deadpool fight could have gone very last-scene-in-Spiderman-3, (old buddy/mortal enemy team-up, a villain character just saying something then disappearing) but I think the sheer cool of a fighting style designed to take advantage of teleportation was quite awesome. As such applies to the film.

Graveyard Book:

The Gaiman returns with this exquisitly intelligent children’s book, set along the lines of the Jungle Book, but with ghosts, werewolves, mummies, ghouls, demonological scarecrows and a probably-vampire raising the kid.

I’m biased entirely I admit – Chris Riddell of the Deepwoods series drew illustrations for this, in his style of stretching every adult into a creepy nine feet high kind of way. That, teamed up with Gaiman’s talent, make this a very beautiful book.

I will take on a criticism wholeheartedly – this isn’t realy a book. Its a series of character sketches, each strangely individual. There is very much an over arching story, but much like Terry Pratchett’s Nation, this is coming of age story where the much-referred-to antagonist enters in the last couple of chapters – and dies. A lot of individual things happen that make this not a pot-boiler, but the meal overall for me is salivating recipe of facinating concept and comment.

I mean, in a few careful phrases, the man reimagines the whole concept of ‘ghost  grave guardian’ or ‘werewolf’ into an original ‘scarecrow’ or ‘hound of god’ idea. So, while it isn’t really a novel, but rather an experiment, I like the results.

Pushing Daisies;

Well, thats over then.

Given the death theme above – someone undying dies losing his memory, a kid is raised by the dead, and now a now-cancelled show about bringing the dead back to life – one would think I was becoming morbid. In a sense I am, now having to concur with the fan’s dubbing of Tim Minear as the Tim Reaper, making beautiful shows fated to die. A pity – it was cancelled, apparently, not so much for lower ratings but for having lower ratings than other fine shows ABC makes – such as LOST and Heroes. A pity, but hey – the CGI and sets might have been a small fortune for all I know.

I was aware of this when I watched this final episode that it was as such. It was cut quickly and so when I heard that “According to Chenoweth (Kristin – small, sings a lot, is hilarious), these episodes do not provide a narrative conclusion to the series” on wiki, I was resolved to a brief cutoff and enjoyed the episode thoroughly.

Then, within about thirty seconds at the end of the episode, the not-a-narrative-conclusion occurs, in what was a simply stunning set of character cleanups and CGI sequences. In a sweep of every idiosyncratic location that has appeared in the series, we see Aunt Vivian finally find out that Aunt Lily was Chuck’s mom & both coming out of seclusion, that Emerson Cod’s daughter finds him, that Olive commits to her love of the taxidermist and opening her own restauraunt called The Intrepid Cow, and Ned & Chuck finally telling the aunts that Chuck is alive.

Don’t mistake me – not everything has ended,  and it would be awesome if this was a comic book series or a movie to tie up everything else – but even if it isn’t, this was an unexpected ending which was extremely cool.

 

And now, in a tribute to Wolverine, Silas & Emerson Cod, the “misunderstood badasses” as Emerson put it:

“Until a man is twenty-five, he still thinks, every so often, that under the right circumstances he could be the baddest motherfucker in the world. If I moved to a martial-arts monastery in China and studied real hard for ten years. If my family was wiped out by Colombian drug dealers and I swore myself to revenge. If I got a fatal disease, had one year to live, and devoted it to wiping out street crime. If I just dropped out and devoted my life to being bad.

Hiro used to feel this way, too, but then he ran into Raven. In a way, this was liberating. He no longer has to worry about being the baddest motherfucker in the world. The position is taken.”


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One Response to Review Anew Adieu: Wolverine, Graveyard Book, Pushing Daisies

  1. Revenant says:

    That read very familiar. >.>

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