5:00 PM, 6th May, 2017
Gotham City is not a place anybody would want to live. Constantly under threat by various supervillains, and protected only by a weirdo with a Bat-fetish who has an infinite set of expensive gadgets, vehicles and weaponry. But of course that weirdo is secretly a lonely billionaire named Bruce Wayne (Arnett), with just his mansion and his butler Alfred (Fiennes) to keep him company – well, except for young Dick Grayson (Cera), the orphan he’s recently adopted, possibly by mistake. But with the enthusiastic Barbara Gordon (Rosario Dawson) looking to have the police work with Batman, and The Joker (Galifianakis) assembling a vast army of villains to fight against him, maybe it’s time for Bruce to learn the meaning of family…
The LEGO Movie was a massive hit, and one of the highlights of the film was Arnett’s performance as the pompous LEGO Batman. So it’s his moment to seize the solo spotlight. Again animated by Australia’s Animal Logic, and directed by Chris McKay from TV’s “Robot Chicken”, this is a much sillier Batman than we’ve seen since last year’s 50th anniversary ANU Film Group screening of 1966’s Batman: The Movie. But this is still hysterical fun for anybody of any Bat-loving age, full of action and LEGO-explosions.
7:00 PM, 6th May, 2017
Logan ‘Wolverine’ Unimportant-last-name (Jackman) has had a pretty tough trot. He’s been running from a troubled childhood; fighting in world wars; blown up by a nuclear weapon; forced to kill his unrequited love; gone back in time to save the future; experimented on with adamantium, lost the adamantium, regained the adamantium; and had a pretty rubbish origin movie.
Now, in the future, Logan and Professor Charles Xavier (Stewart) are both getting on a bit. Logan’s healing power is waning and he has chronic pain. Professor X is succumbing to Alzheimer’s and his memory failing. But there are powers creating mutant assassins from young mutants and an army of mutant hunters led by Donald Pierce (Holbrook). When they come across a young mutant named Laura Kinney (Keen), they help out one last time. Especially as her abilities and genetic markers seem very, very familiar.
This is the final X-Men film for longstanding actors Jackman and Stewart, and they finish in fine style. The limitations time has placed upon them seem real and you can almost feel their struggles. Director Mangold also presents a gritty, realistic tale without the large scale effects of previous series outings. I think it’s more intense in both emotion and impact. I really enjoyed it and give it six adamantium claws up.