I know I said I was taking a little break, but I just saw ‘Logan’, so f**k that. This is Hugh Jackman’s last film as Wolverine. Out of all superhero universes, the X-Men universe is by far my favorite. It’s the most complex one, the characters are amazing, and I just love all the stories and films (yes, including ‘X-Men Origins: Wolverine’, sue me). Needless to say, I was very excited to see ‘Logan’ because it’s the last time I will see Hugh Jackman as my favorite mutant. My quick thoughts on the film? Best X-Men movie ever.
The plot of ‘Logan’ takes place in 2029. There are almost no mutants left and Logan’s world is a f*****g mess. Some stuff has happened with Professor X (stuff which I won’t spoil) and there is a girl Logan has to take care of (again, no spoilers). First of, this is not a generic superhero movie. It’s not ‘X-Men: Apocalypse’ and it’s not ‘Captain America: Civil War’. This is a brutal action film. It’s an emotionally exhausting production and I was literally left speechless after leaving the theater. This is Wolverine’s last adventure and it’s an amazing one. I loved the fact that the plot served so well to Logan as a character. There are so many metaphors all throughout the film that perfectly underline the amazing character of Wolverine. Overall, ‘Logan’ is extremely interesting. It definitely doesn’t serve to every audience because, again, it’s not your generic superhero movie, but it’s absolutely breathtaking. The only two things I didn’t like about the plot are, one, just because the film is R-rated doesn’t mean that Professor X has to swear, and two, the whole thing with the comic-books was a bit random.
The character of Logan is developed so well. All of his emotional and physical struggles are illustrated perfectly and you truly understand his life and his drama. Don’t forget, this is not Captain America a.k.a. Mister ‘I Have Everything Figured Out’. In ‘Logan’, the Wolverine is a mess. He’s exhausted. He’s sick of life. And through his last adventure the audience understands why that is and sympathizes with the character. Professor X is also not at all what you expect in ‘Logan’. He too is a mess and an absolutely different person than that which you’ve seen in previous movies. I found that a tad strange, but the film justifies it completely. Laura, the little girl you’ve seen in the trailers, I actually found a bit annoying in the first half of ‘Logan’, but after that she grew on me. Other than that, there are a few characters which are plot-devices, but that’s usually inevitable in a picture of this kind.
This is James Mangold’s second Wolverine movie. I enjoyed his first one, ‘The Wolverine’, but he did a truly fantastic job with ‘Logan’. A lot of people argue that this is a western. I think it’s more of a psychological drama/action, but one thing is clear: it’s hard to call ‘Logan’ a superhero movie. It’s got a completely different vibe and that’s a good thing. Through his wonderful direction, Mangold perfectly illustrates the character of Logan for one last time. Also, the action scenes are brutal in the production. They are directed so well and I had a total blast watching them (I actually felt legitimately grossed our a few times and that doesn’t happen very often). On a technical level, the film is fine. The cinematography and editing were pretty good and there are a couple scenes that are actually shot and edited wonderfully. The CGI is not the best, but I’m fine with that and it’s really only noticeable like three times.
This is Hugh Jackman’s best performance as Logan. He’s been in six X-Men movies and has cameoed in two more. And I’m telling you, he’s ten times better in ‘Logan’ that he’s been in any other X-Men movie (although he’s really good in all of them). Jackman shows Wolverine’s emotional and physical struggles in an extremely believable way. He takes the character to a whole new level. As the film progresses, he constantly develops and performances new layers and new layers of the Logan. Patrick Steward is also, naturally, great as Professor X. Dafne Keen, the actress who played Laura, was okay, but I think they could have picked someone better.
‘Logan’ is the best X-Men movie. It’s a deep psychological drama with amazing action scenes and it literally leaves you speechless. It’s perfect on every level except the few things I mentioned above, but those are really just nitpicks. ‘Logan’ is the perfect ending for the perfect character. Go watch it. It’s the best possible way to say goodbye to the iconic character of Wolverine.
- Plot: 3.5/4
- Characters: 3.25/3.5
- Directing: 3.5/3.5
- Technical parts: 2/3
- Acting: 3.25/4
- Does it know what it is?: 1/1
- Did I overall like it?: 1/1
This film gets a STAR! (A STAR is given only to movies I adore and highly recommend)
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