TATM: Talkin’ About The Movies #254: Logan

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No Get Out review unfortunately this week, I didn’t get around to checking it out but I promise I will get to it at some point whether it’s on here or on the More To Say posts, I will review Get Out because I want to see that movie so badly. I’ll try to check it out next week after I see Kong but in the meantime, that’s not what you’re here to see me talk about, let’s talk about Logan:

LOGAN

*****

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Synopsis:

In 2029 the mutant population has shrunk significantly and the X-Men have disbanded. Logan, whose power to self-heal is dwindling, has surrendered himself to alcohol and now earns a living as a chauffeur. He takes care of the ailing old Professor X whom he keeps hidden away. One day, a female stranger asks Logan to drive a girl named Laura to the Canadian border. At first he refuses, but the Professor has been waiting for a long time for her to appear. Laura possesses an extraordinary fighting prowess and is in many ways like Wolverine. She is pursued by sinister figures working for a powerful corporation; this is because her DNA contains the secret that connects her to Logan. A relentless pursuit begins – In this third cinematic outing featuring the Marvel comic book character Wolverine we see the superheroes beset by everyday problems. They are ageing, ailing and struggling to survive financially. A decrepit Logan is forced to ask himself if he can or even wants to put his remaining powers to good use. It would appear that in the near-future, the times in which they were able put the world to rights with razor sharp claws and telepathic powers are now over.

Review:

The X-Men franchise has certainly been on a roller coaster the past few years now, have they? Just when you think they have finally hit the high point with stuff like Days Of Future Past and Deadpool, they make terrible movies like The Last Stand, The Wolverine and X-Men Apocalypse.

After such a disappointing mess in Apocalypse, everybody was just waiting for Fox to finally sell the rights back to Marvel on the X-Men franchise but then, a movie like Logan comes along and makes you realize that Fox clearly still has fuel in the fire for X-Men and boy, did they give people what they wanted to see with Logan or what?

I mean, wow, Logan was such a great, great movie. For anybody who has been waiting for that more grittier and intense Wolverine that they’ve been hoping somebody would do, this movie is definitely it. This is a movie that if the X-Men character were back with Marvel over at Disney, they could never make this movie. That’s probably the best advantage of X-Men sticking with Fox so they can keep making more adult, grittier, and more violent movies, which could be seen as both a pro and a con in the future.

But this movie is Wolverine at his absolute best, much like how The Dark Knight was the definitive movie for the character of Batman, this is the definitive movie for the character of Wolverine.

Hugh Jackman really did so much for this film to make sure he goes out on a high note, as you may not know, this is the last movie that Jackman will be playing Wolverine after 17 years in the role and appearing in every X-Men movie whether it’s a starring role or a cameo but he fought tooth and nail to make this what it was. One of the things that I heard is that Jackman took a big pay cut for this to be rated R and allow for the character to be more like he is in the comic books and for somebody to go to all that trouble and to see the result where he gives it his all, kudos to him.

Jackman really does give the best performance as this character being portrayed as a much older, much grumpier, and more miserly version of the character as the script for this is inspired by the Old Man Wolverine graphic novels and he’s terrific in this, this is an Oscar caliber performance being given by Jackman.

Even Patrick Stewart as Xavier gives an Oscar worthy performance in this, he’s really solid in this, he provides a lot of the more comedic moments in the movie and he really does also give it a lot of his all in this.

The most surprising aspect of the movie is X-23, the girl that Charles and Logan are protecting, she was badass in this movie, she’s decapitating peoples’ body parts one by one and the little kid who plays her, Dafne Keen, what a great young actress she is. For the first two thirds of this movie, she does not speak and a lot of her performance is very much focused on her facial expressions, much like Gromit and Shaun The Sheep except here, it’s more menacing and threatening and she shows it here. True, when she speaks in the final 30 minutes, a lot of what made her such a unique character goes away a bit but it never does it to the point where it ruins the course of the movie.

The action scenes are very good, the gore and the violence are pretty brutal, they earn that R rating for the right reasons. This is how you should make an R rated superhero movie, for god’s sake, DC Extended Universe, take some fucking notes when you do R rated movies in the future.

The film is essentially a buddy road movie but more dramatized and you can definitely see the inspirations of movies like Hell Or High Water as well as some of the movies James Mangold mentioned as influences like Shane, Paper Moon, The Gauntlet, even Little Miss Sunshine. It’s impressive how they took a comic book character like Wolverine and made this interesting character study about him and his way he views the world.

And much like how this like The Dark Knight, you never know how it’s going to end for these characters until the very end. You’ll never see how Wolverine meets his maker until the very end and it hooks you on the edge of your seat to keep your interest high.

There are a couple of scenes that do kind of drag on and also have a little too much symbolism to it, specifically the very last shot of the movie, which I will not spoil, I don’t know, I just thought what they did was a little too much like if they had not done what they had do to have just that one last mention that you are indeed watching an X-Men movie, I really felt like they could’ve just let it end without what they did and I would’ve been much happier….not saying I’m not happy after watching this.

Logan does for Wolverine what The Dark Knight did for Batman, it gives this beloved character a definitive movie of his own that works actingwise, storywise, actionwise, and just overall funwise. Hugh Jackman ends his tenure as Wolverine and Patrick Stewart ends his Xavier run on the highest notes possible in a movie that delivers on every promise it can give us and it makes you wonder what the future holds for X-Men films in the future and especially Fox R rated comic book films in the future, they are three for three now with Kingsman, Deadpool and now this, so the future could be very bright if this movie is any indication.

Bottom line, go check out Logan, it’s one of the best movies of this year and hopefully, it’ll have a hefty presence at the Academy Awards next year too.

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