Logan Review- Spoiler Free
Logan: "A F#*king Fantastic Film"
I feel like that’s appropriate and fitting to say, seeing that 20th Century Fox is coming to it’s senses by releasing its second R-rated superhero film in two consecutive years! I bow down to you Mr. Mangold, Mr. Jackman, and Mr. Stewart for creating such an electrifying movie filled with attitude and jam-packed action. I guess we can thank Deadpool for paving the way for this new wave of R-rated superhero genre (with the exception of Blade, Punisher, and Darkman) and Marvel fans such as myself cannot be any happier.
Logan is the tenth film in the X-Men series and the third film in the Wolverine series. Written and directed by James Mangold, this movie is focused and inspired by Mark Millar’s graphic novel Old Man Logan. This movie stars the one and only Wolverine himself Hugh Jackman, who has been playing this role for 17 years! Also starring in this blockbuster film is Patrick Stewart; or as I like to note the better Professor Charles Xavier. Honestly, who can keep up with these timelines anymore? Also complementing these two stars and debuting in in her first major film role is Dafne Keen. This girl may only be twelve years old, but she absolutely lit up the big screen and looked liked such a pro in her portrayed character. I want my future kid to be just like her! These iconic stars along with the newly founded star provide the audience with phenomenal acting performances in what might be one of the best superhero films of all time!
I say that with confidence because being a huge fan of the Marvel Film Era I can say that X-Men has been one of my least favorite of the many distinct stories of our favorite Marvel heroes. You ever hear the metaphor “save the best for last”? Logan is truly the cherry on top for all Marvel fans who love the X-Men and their beloved outcast Wolverine. This movie is indeed rated R as it should be. The violence and language displayed in this film is so fitting to Wolverine’s rugged and tough persona that it doesn’t make sense for it to be rated anything less. These elements of the film give you a more realistic perspective of these superheroes in a way that we have never seen them before. This is perhaps what drew me into the film from the beginning, because it was something that I was not used to seeing in a typical superhero movie.
Without spoiling anything and giving away any plot points of the film I will share with you that the film takes place in a dystopian future America in 2029. Mutants are on the brink of extinction with the remaining mutants either aged way past their prime or dead. Wolverine is clearly aging and seems to have lost some of his swagger while Professor X is simply losing his mind (how ironic). The many imperfections of these aging heroes is what made them more interesting to me as the movie progressed. It was almost as if I was not even watching a superhero movie, because these mutants were so human-like. It was like I was watching some sort of western drama/thriller. James Mangold did a terrific job helping the audience relate to the characters, especially for the fans that have followed the series from the beginning and knows Wolverine’s history. The story is clear and precise with its perfect blend of action, suspense, and emotional moments.
I’m usually pretty good at the movies and keeping my composure, but some of the fight scenes literally got me so jacked up that I was jumping up and down in my seat and yelling at the screen! Here I am a man in his mid-20s acting like a child grinning from ear to ear at the movies but I didn’t feel out of place though, because everyone in the theater was doing the exact same thing. There were many moments where I was laughing hysterically as well. I mean it’s not everyday you see the Professor dropping f-bombs and swearing like a sailor! I am so glad that this movie has found so much success in the box office and is already gaining critical favoritism over the other X-Men films. I just wished they figured it out sooner. Maybe the answer is to make more R-rated superhero films for us adult nerds that still appreciate this genre. In my eyes this movie is a 10/10, because it was an overall great film and a fantastic send off to Hugh Jackman as the Wolverine. You are a legend Mr. Jackman and thank you for giving us 17 amazing years as one of our beloved Marvel heroes. This was the first superhero movie of the year, and it truly set the bar high for all the other highly anticipated Marvel films coming out later in the year. I am f#%king excited for what is to come, but in the meantime go see Logan it’s f#*king fantastic and you will f#%king love it!