In 2000, the world of superhero movies found a new series to follow as Marvel Comics, along with 20th Century Fox, introduced us to the X-Men. In this series, we followed the adventures of Charles Xavier and his gifted youngsters as they battled social injustice against their kind, but against rogue factions of mutants led by Erik Lensherr, also known as Magneto. The first movie had many great beats, but the one that took the audience by heart was when a newcomer by the name of Hugh Jackman took on the role of the badass of the X-Men, Logan aka, The Wolverine. Since his appearance in the film, fans have loved, and hated the movies he has been in. For seventeen years, Hugh Jackman has played the character, getting nothing but praise for bringing the true nature of the character to life. This past March, he entered his final performance of the character in the film, Logan. But was the film good? Or was it not as memorable as his original performance? This is the review of Logan.
*Full Spoiler Warning*: I will bring up points in the movie as reference, so if you have not seen it, bookmark this page and come back once you do.
- Acting: I would be seriously shocked if this film did not at least get a best supporting or best actor nod in any major film award committee. The acting in this movie was done to damn near perfection and not only does each character make you understand them, but sort of makes you root for them. Jackman did a hell of a job as Logan, as he did not want to be involved at all with the Reavers, X-23, or life outside his plans. Dafne Keene was amazing as well as Laura/X-23, as we sensed her place alongside Logan and Charles, and she stole the movie in the last 30 minutes, where she goes from hating Logan for not accepting her as his daughter, to not wanting to watch him die in her arms. Boyd Holbrook and Stephen Merchant brought it as well, as with Holbrook we saw the idea of a threat who knew how to deal with mutants and almost had a sick admiration of them, while Merchant brought comedy and support to scenes that crucially helped tie together the movie, in particular the torture scene with him and Holbrook’s character Donald Pierce. Finally, Patrick Stewart’s performance as Charles Xavier was not only absolutely amazing, but it touched the soul. He found a way to not only make his power terrifying to himself, but made us feel compassionate towards the fact that he is now dealing with Alzheimer’s and it is killing the people around him. That scene where X-24 is standing over him and he is crying, explaining he knows what he did and he should be dead for it, was absolutely amazing and made his death even more heartbreaking.
- The Story: For the longest time, I wondered how would the find a way to make the Old Man Logan storyline work in this universe, as for it to completely work, the X-Men would have to be in the MCU. But the way it was done was not only perfect, but made sense without having to use the idea of a world-ending scenario. First, the idea that by using and putting gene-blockers in food, you could suppress the mutant gene from activating wasn’t just brilliant, it was a call back to the first X-Men film in which Jean Grey explains the mutant gene. Secondly, they did an excellent job keeping the roots of the Old Man Logan story alive by making this film into a pseudo – Western film, with it not only carrying the same motifs but the scenery painted it as such. Finally, the story was even better by Logan having to fight a literal feral clone of himself in X-24 in order to end his life was not only poetic, but perfect in it was a good way of letting go of his past and gaining peace.
- X-24. Now I know I just said that X-24 was a great way for Logan to end his life, but I feel like it could have been made a bit better. I personally would have loved if instead of Pierce being in charge of the Reavers, he also led a group with Omega Red, Lady Deathstrike and Sabertooth and an older Logan had to end all three of their lives in order to move on, then you bring in X-24. It can also be used in the sense that by showing X-23 going up against them and beating them, it makes her more of a threat in the passing of the Wolverine mantle. If they could have done that, which was hinted at in interviews with director James Mangold, I think the film would have been since even more so as a Wolverine film.
Final Score: 9.5/10. This film was emotional, brutal and as physical as any comic book I’ve ever seen. Not only do you leave the film loving the action and the camera work, but you also leave with a better appreciation of not only the bond between people of a similar ilk, but of the bond of family. This film, in my opinion, completely changed the game when it comes to comic book movies and showed that if the film is purely a character piece and they just so happen to be superheroes, we the general public, will come out in droves and support it. This film was necessary and absolutely perfect for the genre.
Well, that’s my review of Logan, what did you think? Leave your comments below, and I will see you next time in JayTezla’s Nerdvana.