LOGAN: Movie Review 

Logan PosterCourtesy IMDb: In the near future, a weary Logan cares for an ailing Professor X in a hide out on the Mexican border. But Logan’s attempts to hide from the world and his legacy are up-ended when a young mutant arrives, being pursued by dark forces.

A whirling dervish of violence set as a grounded neo-western, with a splash of Mad Max dystopia. No two ways about it, I absolutely loved Logan. 

This is the third standalone Wolverine film from the X-Men franchise and most certainly the best. The first film,  X-Men Origins: Wolverine was so poorly received that it has not only contributed to the word “origins” being somewhat of a dirty word in the comic book film industry but presumably ended a potential slew of X-Men origin films. Not to mention with its horrible portrayal almost did something nobody else could do, kill Deadpool. Thankfully that didn’t come to pass. The second film simply titled The Wolverine, was significantly better than Origins but this Samurai spin on Wolverine was an adequate but somewhat forgettable movie with a pretty cool fight scene on a bullet train being one of the few standouts.

Logan not only offers a potential finality to the Wolverine story but also Hugh Jackman’s portrayal of Wolverine, that spans the course of 17 years and seven films, not including cameos. Regardless of the quality of each film Wolverine has been in, its fair to say Jackman’s work as Wolverine has been a bright spot in each and is now an iconic cinematic staple.

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The Characters:

Logan/Wolverine: It’s the year 2029 and Logan is more griseled and tormented than ever. An alcoholic, limo driver who is living off the grid,  taking care of his last friends and longing for sweet death. Jackman’s portrayal as Old Man Logan allows him to use his full range of talents as an actor and allows us to find some humanity in a character who’s invincibility usually prevents us for feeling sympathy, despite the fact that his extended mortality causes him so much pain. This is my favorite version of Wolverine yet with a close second being the 70’s machismo version in Days of Future Past.

X-23: Pint sized violence. This kid Dafne Keen is pure carnage at times and others vulnerable and nurturing. The action scenes she’s in are absolutely incredible and she poses a formidable threat to almost any villain. I’ll let the film explain the extent of her relationship with Logan.

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Professor X: Both frail and powerful, the decomposition of Charles Xavier’s mind is as dangerous as the meltdown of a nuclear reactor. As expected Patrick Stewart delivers an incredible performance in what is his final portrayal of Professor X.

Pierce: The Fox wing of Marvel Studios has been less plagued with the boring villain bug, but only slightly. Boyd Holbrook as you may recognize from the hit Netflix series Narcos plays a character from the comics named Pierce. While the impact of this character is usurped by villains who are later introduced, this Cyborg offers a worthy adversary to Logan. Perhaps not in the way of combat but his resourceful villainy and tenaciousness allows him to stay on the heels of Wolverine throughout the film.

Caliban- Portrayed by Stephen Merchant, this popular X-Men character’s gift is his ability to track other mutants. Sometimes mistakenly believed to be clairvoyant. His character has not only an interesting story but allows for a humorous back and forth with Logan.

Other characters are introduced throughout the film and most of them are very interesting. Without going into spoilers I’ll let you be introduced to them by the film itself.

The Story:

While there are downtimes in this film I was mostly entertained throughout. One thing I can say for certain is that Logan is traggic from beginning to end and absolutely no life is sacred. A theme that plagues Logan throughout his life is that death comes swiftly to those he loves and that theme looms large over this story. There are certain plot points that are alluded to throughout the film that I was waiting for clarification, such as the specifics of Logans inability to do the things he once did so easily and his mysterious sickness. Also, the tragedy that has secluded Charles Xavier to exile is mentioned but never fully explained. Although this tragedy’s ramifications are implicit. The surprise introduction to one particular character was a little off putting but will be less confusing in future viewings although I’m still not sure how I feel about this villain.

Final Thoughts:

Logan is perhaps the greatest film in the X-Men franchise and any rabbid or casual fan of the Wolverine will certainly appreciate this movie. It’s bittersweet in its ending being that it serves a perfect sendoff to Hugh Jackman’s portrayal of this character but more than ever you don’t want it to end. For me personally this film replaces Captain America: Civil War on my Mount Rushmore of comic book movies alongside The Dark Knight, The Avengers, and Guardians of the Galaxy.  

I give Logan an 8.4 out of 10

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