Logan follows an older and weary Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) as he is tasked with transporting a young girl (Dafne Keen) to a sanctuary as she is pursued by dark forces. The film also stars Sir Patrick Stewart, Boyd Holbrook and Richard E. Grant and is directed by James Mangold (Walk The Line, The Wolverine)
My Thoughts On The Story And Characters
Logan is truly an emotional rollercoaster of a film and I enjoyed every single moment I was on the ride. Firstly, it is the realization that this would be the last time we would ever see the fabulous Hugh Jackman as Wolverine (yes, unless he makes an appearance in Deadpool 2) after seeing him portray the character for 17 years! The subsequent reasonings are the film manages to have you chuckling aloud one moment and then finding yourself trying to hold back tears the next. It was a strange experience that genuinely simulated what a coaster feels like… The need to brace yourself for what is coming next and the intense feeling of elation when you overcome that hurdle.
How is this man possible?!
There are many that hold the X-Men near and dear to their hearts and although I have seen the films, I’m not one of those that fawn over the mutants. I thoroughly enjoyed the Fassbender and McAvoy films and it has been literal centuries since I watched the original films from the early 2000s. Having a base understanding of who Wolverine is and the relationship he shares with Stewart’s Charles Xavier will certainly enhance your experience, however you don’t need to know every single thing about this universe in order to enjoy Logan. The acting all around is incredible and the key relationship that consists of Logan, Xavier and Laura/X-23 is easily my favourite aspect of the entire film. We already know the chemistry that exists with Jackman and Stewart because of their years working on the X-Men together and seeing these two heavyweights interact with Laura, who is portrayed absolutely brilliantly by Dafne Keen, will pull every single heart string you have despite the fact that she has never appeared in the franchise.
The integration of the R-rating is executed perfectly. There was no excessive gore or violence that made me think, “well that was unnecessary!” Every stab through the face and layman amputation served its purpose and was actually showcased which made the action sequences essentially flawless. None of those bullshit quick cuts or shaky cam (lookin’ at you, 2016’s Jason Bourne!) that make you want Wolverine to come through the screen and put you out of your misery. Whenever the adamantium claws came out, shit went down and seeing the tag team work was just spectacular! People also swore a ton and I fucking relished in that shit, dude. I am one that truly doesn’t care about profamity so frankly, the more f-bombs Captain Picard says, the better!
‘… I Shed A Tear Or Five Throughout The Watch’
The story is seemingly predictable at times and one or two lapses in logic occur but because it is crafted so wonderfully, these instances don’t really bug you because you want to see what they encounter next. You want it to finish at whatever happy moment occurs because you care so deeply for these guys, I had no idea I would feel as connected to these characters as I did but I shed a tear or five throughout the watch. I enjoyed the secondary characters and thought they served the plot progression well and Holbrook portrayed the long lost villainy Skywalker cousin serviceably, I wondered if I wanted to learn more about his backstory but realized the mystery that surrounds him works better for this film. Although if I had to fault him, I did feel like his character was kind of evil for the sake of being evil. I actually enjoyed Richard E. Grant’s character a bit more and would’ve liked to see him be more of the focal point.
The inclusion of humour was one of the biggest surprises I experienced in Logan. I really didn’t expect to laugh as much as I did but I think it was because of the R-rating that allowed itself to open up and expand its humourous horizons to a more adult audience… The ones that find it hilarious when a frustrated old man tells a little girl to “shut the fuck up” kind of thing, you know? Every character had their own respective humour incorporated into them so when they did or said something funny, it felt natural to the character… We all know a character or two in film who aren’t funny at all but their movie wants you believe they are so they just throw as much shit at the wall as they can to see what works and 9 times out 10, it doesn’t work. Logan‘s humour is incorporated logically and was oh so enjoyable.
How Were The Other Aspects Of ‘Logan’?
Logan isn’t your run-of-the-mill superhero/comic book flick. It is very much a character-driven drama that doesn’t rely on flashy superpowers or bombastic action sequences to tell its story. Quite the contrary, really. Director Mangold, who previously helmed the Academy Award-winning Walk The Line, must have taken cues from his Johnny Cash biopic because it is focused solely on the life of Logan and how the few relationships he has affects his overall being. Seeing him gradually learning how to interact with Laura and how much he genuinely loves Xavier – without having to tell him – it is such a treat to watch a “superhero” film that doesn’t need the explosions or superficial turmoil to create tension.
The way lighting is used is also fantastic; although the film is incredibly sullen during certain instances, the lighting in the frame places emphasis on the character’s face while the dark surrounds them. Logan is a beautiful-looking film and there are definitely a ton of moments I would want to have on my computer as an HD screensaver I can use to stare at while I bawl uncontrollably.
If you’re looking for a spectacular send-off of everyone’s mutant that has a little bit of a Western feel mixed with some fantastically bad-ass action sequences and a touch of heart wrenching devastation, please check out Logan.
… And make sure to bring your children 😉
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Logan receives 4.5/5 Matt Damon heads