Director: James Mangold
Writers: Michael Green, Scott Frank and James Mangold
Starring: Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, Dafne Keen, Boyd Holbrook, Richard E. Grant and Stephen Merchant
Release Date: March 3, 2017
Runtime: 2 hours, 15 minutes
Rating: Rated R for strong brutal violence and language throughout, and for brief nudity
Plot Summary: “A weary Logan cares for Professor Xavier in a hideout along the Mexican border, but his attempts to hide from the world are halted when a young mutant being pursued by dark forces comes into his life.”
There has often been a complaint that Wolverine’s/Logan’s character is not relatable enough because he is invulnerable; this movie completely puts all of those complaints to rest. From the beginning, we can clearly see that Logan is not the man he once was; we see how broken, weary and tired he has become in the first opening seconds of the movie. As the story progresses, Logan’s character continues to become more vulnerable and broken through a series of events that define him as a human being; not a mutant superhero. By the end of the film, it becomes clearly evident that although this character has indestructible claws in his hands and can heal rapidly, he is still a human being.
Everyone did a fantastic job in this movie. I had no complaints whatsoever on the performances in “Logan” and felt like all of the cast really got into their characters. Stephen Merchant gave a different, unique and surprisingly amazing performance as Caliban while Boyd Holbrook played a perfect, menacing and despicable antagonist. The highlight performances of this movie come from Jackman and Stewart, who perfectly portray the inner conflicts and vulnerabilities of their characters while Dafne Keen knocked it out the park with one of the greatest child performances I have ever seen in a film.
With that being said, I have to admit that this was an incredibly hard film to watch. This is an intense, emotional, depressing, bleak, and dark film that is most certainly not for anyone looking for a fun, colorful superhero movie. If you think that this movie is going to be adventurous and bright like the MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe) movies or enjoyably adventurous like the previous “X-Men” movies, you are in for a major shock. “Logan” is not about adventure, color or “saving the world from evil”; it is a somber and bitter look at Wolverine’s broken and vulnerable character.
This movie is also extremely graphic. I was 150 percent correct when I predicted that this would be the most graphic superhero (if you can call it that) movie ever made. The bloody and gory nature of Wolverine’s fighting style is completely let loose in this movie. This is NOT a film for child superhero fans or the squeamish. I was not prepared for the violence in this movie at all and I really do not think there is anything anyone can do to prepare themselves for this movie’s violence. I am not saying that the violence in this movie was a bad thing because it accurately displays how Wolverine fights in the comics; I am just strongly cautioning those who want to see it.
I am going to give “Logan” an “A”. I did not have any complaints about this movie. There are many claims that this is one of the best superhero movies ever made and the best “X-Men” movie ever made; I can confirm these claims because this is a powerful and emotional film that captures the conflicts of humanity. “Logan” has officially become one of my favorite superhero movies and my favorite “X-Men” movie. I recommend this film to anyone who is mature enough to handle the graphic content and anyone who loves Jackman, Stewart, Wolverine, or the X-Men.