Logan Movie Review

Logan Movie Review
Rating: R…R+
Grade: A
Run Time: 2h21m

Synopsis(No Spoilers):

For one last ride, Hugh Jackman is back playing everyone’s favorite adamantium wielding grunter, Wolverine.

Loosely inspired by the 2010 Mark Miller graphic novel, “Wolverine: Old Man Logan”, Logan takes place in a mildly dystopian 2029; without X-Men, and no new mutants to take their place. Working with Caliban(Stephen Merchant), Wolverine has to taken to caring for an elderly and mentally declining Charles Xavier(Patrick Stewart).

Commuting back and forth to their hide-out south of the border, Wolverine meets Laura(Dafne Keen), a young girl on the run from the government. No longer the hero he was, Logan and the Professor race against the clock to get her to North Dakota, and to safety.

Review(Minor Spoilers):

What a bloody exclamation point end the story of The Wolverine.

2016’s Deadpool proved that R-rated superhero movies could be huge box office successes, and Logan director James Mangold ran with that idea full speed. With too many dismemberment sand face-stabbings to count, Logan will likely be one of the most violent movies of the next decade.

For over 15 years we’ve heard about “the animal” Wolverine is, and with only minor exceptions do we ever see it in a true, gritty, realistic setting. It’s a ramp-up to what we’ve seen in the past, but it also feels like a pealing back of the curtain, and simply showing us what they couldn’t in prior films.

As exciting and refreshing as the violence is, it at times felt like a distraction from a compelling and emotional storyline. 200 years of pain have disconnected Logan from the rest of the world. His responsibility to Charles is all that keeps him from suicide, but over the course of 2 hours Logan transforms back into the brute everyone loves, a prick who will always put himself in harms way to protect those he loves.

Adapting the “Old Man Logan” source material to the silver screen presented a unique challenge to Mangold, one which he tackled with vigor and creativity. Forbidden to use the full cast of Marvel heroes and villains, Mangold synced up multiple unrelated X-Men stories for one cohesive plot line.

Wolverine’s ultimate demise is as poetic a death as his character deserves. X24 and Laura, also known as X23, are essentially two halves of the same man, Logan: the uncontrollable killing machine the Weapon X program designed him for, and the hopeful, loving hero the X-Men were able to bring out of him. Just as Charles was able to tame the animal inside him over the years, Laura is able to defeat an external representation of his demons.

Final Thoughts:

  • There were wayyyy too many young kids in the theater. Do not take your kids to see this unless they are old enough to handle extreme violence.
  • Did anyone else think that X24 looked like Liev Schreiber? I wonder if they did that on purpose?
  • I loved how many Easter Eggs they put in here. I feel like every time I get on Youtube I see a longer video list of “Easter Eggs You Missed in Logan”
  • I’ve had a hard time on this one, “Is Logan the best X-Men movie?”… and I think I’m settling on no. Is it the best Fox movie to include mutants, yes, but Logan is still another Wolverine movie, so I think “X-Men:First Class” still wins that debate for me.
  • New X-Men movies are in the early works, but it’s hard to imagine them replacing Hugh with another Wolverine anytime soon. Thank you for your service Hugh Jackman.

Stay Classy,

Andrew Knauff

Andy Knauff