Logan Review (2017)

Director: James Mangold

Starring: Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, Dafine Keen, Boyd Holbrook

Rating: R

Plot:

Hugh Jackman returns as Wolverine in the year 2029. Almost all the mutants of old have been rid of the world and Professor X (Patrick Stewart) is considered more of a weapon than a human. A down on his luck and dying Wolverine has to learn how to be accepting of what is happening and that nothing will quite be the same as he tries to also learn to love and have a family, which includes a new mutant named Laura (Dafine Keen).

What The Film Did Well:

There is so much that Logan does well, but let’s start about some of the performances. Dafine Keen plays the young mutant of Laura. This was the first movie that I have seen her in and for such a young actress she was quite impressive. For a large part of Logan, she only screams and yells so a lot of her acting was how she portrayed the character physically. When she does eventually talk, she is able to show she has a wide range when it comes to delivering lines and I hope that she is in more roles soon. It would even be a cool idea to see her carry another X-Men movie or franchise that is set just around her character.

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Patrick Stewart returns as Charles Xavier or Professor X and he was remarkable. It was one of his best performances in years and maybe one of his best supporting actor roles of his career. He did so much more than he usually does to prepare for this specific role and it showed. He had to prepare differently, mainly because it was such a different take on the character he has been playing for years. I think Stewart can and will be a nomination for best Supporting Actor in a similar way Sylvester Stalone got a nomination for his role in Creed.

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Hugh Jack was also inedible. It is the best that I have seen him in the role of Wolverine. He finally plays the Wolverine that a lot of fans wanted for so many years. The character of Wolverine has always seemed like a more dark and serious character and before Logan, he had always been portrayed as a kid friendly character in the movies. I also would not be surprised if Jackman get consideration for best actor during the award season, he would be well deserving.

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Logan carries a lot of emotion and heart with it as well. It is not a regular super hero or action movie where it is bang bang bang until the next action scene, it all serves a purpose. It focuses on some of Wolverine’s biggest insecurities as a character and his darkest fears and demons. It looks at how he is scared of getting too attached and loving or having a family because his entire life the people her cares the most about always get hurt in the end. The amount of emotion this movie brought to the table caught be by surprise and was a great aspect to this movie.

I think the best thing about this movie, is as a standalone movie it holds up. If you had never seen an X-Men or Wolverine movie, you could still go and see this movie and appreciate it just as much as if you are the biggest X-Men fan. I have never been a huge X-Men or Wolverine fan and find their movies to be pretty bad movies, but Logan is different and does everything that its’ predecessors poorly, well.

What The Film Didn’t Do Well:

There’s little that this movie does poorly, and it all comes in the beginning. When this movie starts, it has feel of an R rated movie which I like, but early on; I thought that it might be relying on that tone too much to be a good movie. It concerned me that they would use too much violence and language to drive this film, but it quickly corrected me. This movie is violent and has gore, but every time it does so it builds up to it and uses it as a payoff. With the use of the word “fuck” it never gets used in a way that makes sense or to get a cheap laugh and is again not overly relied upon to guide this movie.

Final Thoughts

Logan is phenomenal. At the time of release back in March and today, in mid-July it is still the best movie of the year. It has a purpose in everything that it does and carries itself through emotion and a heart filled tribute to Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine. It gets a 9.3/10 from me. I’ve seen it a few times already and every time it has the same affect and gets the same reaction out of me. It is a captivating conclusion to an era of Wolverine.

Logan

Image via 20th Century Fox

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