Logan Review

“Logan” is written and directed by James Mangold (who directed the “3:10 to Yuma” remake as well as 2013’s “The Wolverine”). It is the 9th film in the X-Men film series and it marks as Hugh Jackman’s final portrayal of the Wolverine. The only actor to play the same comic book role for 17 years total. It is also Patrick Stewart’s final portrayal as legendary Professor Xavier.
The film is set in the year 2029, mutants have been gone for quite some time. The X-Men are nothing, but the stuff of legends that appear in comic books, which portray as an exaggerated look of what this film universe like. Logan is no longer the same fast-healing, razor-sharp badass we have come to know and love over the years. He is the most broken we have ever seen him. More so than how his journey started in the Wolverine, hell even that shitty X-Men Origins BS. He has to work as a Limo driver in order to pay for medicine for a senile equally damaged Ex-Professor Xavier. Later on, he not only does he have to take care of his “Pops,” but also a little girl named Laura. He has to protect her from these scientific government officials because she isn’t just an ordinary little girl. This girl, X23 or Laura (played by Dafne Keen) is genetic female clone Logan himself. Apparently to the people that are after her, Laura is a failed experiment and she needs to be put down. So it is up to Logan to protect little Laura and Xavier while going on a journey to this Eden where hopefully she and especially Logan himself will finally find some peace.

This film promised a much bloodier, violent, and grittier take on the character. Going in, I was expecting limbs and heads getting cut off and I got exactly that. This is what a Wolverine movie needs to be like and James Mangold doesn’t hold back on that promise whatsoever. The action is just perfectly on-point and it was just a joy seeing Logan go nuts.
But none of that would mean anything without having a coherent story and the development of characters we have associated with within the last 17 years. Let me tell you, it is just as good as the action. This takes a look at what happens when the hero goes through specific conflicts. Conflicts that brings them to their very end. It makes the question of “should I keep going? Have I done enough?” It also deals with issues of family, trust, and betrayal. The song “Hurt” by the late and legendary Johnny Cash (which itself is actually a Nine Inch Nails cover song, but Trent Reznor himself stated that “Hurt” has officially become Johnny’s song) perfectly sums up Logan’s complete and incredibly depressing journey. James Mangold needs to be commended on delivering and executing powerful themes with this movie. There were moments where I wanted to yell “hell yes!” There were moments I wanted to laugh, to be angry, and to cry over the sadness that Logan’s life.

Much like with Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight, managed to transcendent the very genre this movie basically belongs to. It no longer looks and feels like comic book movie. Where the Dark Knight is a crime-drama with Batman in it, Logan is a Neo-Western with Wolverine (or Old Man Logan). It draws a ton of influence from a lot of classic westerns like “Unforgiven” and “Shane” (which Xavier and Laura do see a clip of it in the hotel). From the plot to the details of the character’s current predicaments, the musical score, as well as the way the film was shot. It is pretty much a Western, with Mutants.

Now, there are a few nitpicks I do have with the film, but that is all because of the franchise this film belongs in. Many will get confused over where this film takes place in the X-Men timeline. Is it the original timeline or is the new timeline that was established in Days of Future Past? Or can we just treat this film as its own? It thinks we can treat it either way we want whether if you are a fan of the comics or films, it doesn’t matter. You can treat this particular film, however, the hell you want to treat it as.
People will say that the plot can be a little inconsistent. I saw it twice and I can happily say, they are 100% wrong. Every scene and every dialogue felt important to the plot. Yeah, Mangold had to work around this cluster of a franchise with the timeline stuff and I think he did a great job give in what he managed to do. Also, note that this film had very little studio interference. Mangold managed to make the movie HE and Jackman wanted to make. Not what the studio wanted to make and that is the best stand-alone Wolverine movie that violent and satisfying as hell.

-MINI RANT-
Now for the giant elephant in the room: the costume. If someone walks out of the theater pissed that they didn’t get to see that silly looking costume in the movies, then I am sorry. Out of all of the comic characters that really don’t seem to deserve a silly looking costume, Logan, Frank Castle, The Comedian, etc. There characters that have such a broken and messed up backstories. Worse than having your parents/uncle murdered in an alley away or your entire species gets blown up. Do you honestly think that a character that killed his own father without even knowing, served a ton of wars, was lied and manipulated into becoming a lab rat, have your memories wiped out, become part of a family only to have them gone years later…does really deserve a silly looking outfit like Deadpool has? No, so the whole debate of him getting the costume and mask are kinda pointless now isn’t it.

-END OF MINI RANT-
Clearly the performances by everyone was great, but of course, the stand out is Hugh Jackman. I thought his best role was in 2014’s Prisoners. Nope, Logan is still best he has done in his entire career. I and many others my age have seen this very man go berserk on the big screen since we were the mutant kids in the movie. Yeah, Laura and the kids that are shown in the movie, they are the same age WE were when we first saw X-Men 17 years ago. Much like Kevin Conroy is the Batman, Hugh Jackman IS the Wolverine. No one can and ever will replace his Logan. Anyone who isn’t Hugh or Dafne and is using those claws and mutton-chops, I am not going to see. He nailed the perfect balance of badass and groundedness that this character needs to have for the big screen. Jackman is a major inspiration of what he managed to do within the last 2 decades with this character. There are have been too many Batmans, too many Supermans, Spidermans, Hulks, a sh*t ton of 007’s, but there will always be ONE Wolverine and I am sure as hell I am gonna miss him.

The Little personal true story of mine I want to get out of the way, three years ago, around Christmas time, I was feeling quite down. Christmas Eve just felt very uneasy. I was undergoing a pointless argument that infuriated me to the point of depression. On Christmas Eve night, my family and I were in NYC to celebrate the holiday and we decided to go to a church where a bunch of celebrities goes. Out of all the celebrities to shake my hands and say “Happy Holidays” was none other than Mr. Hugh “The Wolverine” Jackman. In a weird way, Wolverine saved me from a depressing Christmas three years ago. I would say this review is just a way of saying “Thank You, Mr. Jackman,” but that would make things looks like I have a biased opinion due to what Jackman indirectly did for me. That is really not the case here because the movie as a whole was brilliant anyway (and BTW that moment happened before Days of Future Past came out).
This makes up for that shitty ending The Wolverine had. This makes up X-Men Origins Wolverine. This isn’t just the best X-Men movie since Days of Future Past, this isn’t just the best Wolverine movie. This is the best comic book movie ever…next to the Dark Knight. Logan and The Dark Knight managed to craft something that DCEU and MCU WISHED they managed to do. Make a genre-changing movie with comic book characters filled great action, characters, plot, cinematography, sound editing. Please, GO see Logan, you will NOT regret it.

FINAL VERDICT:
+Hugh Jackman
+Direction
+Story
+Characters
+Action-packed MAYHEM
+Music choices
+Very Stylistic
FINAL GRADE: A+

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