Film, Marvel

Film Review: Logan

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Okay, so I’m writing this before I watch Riverdale and posting this out of schedule so I can get my thoughts right out there. Also writing this before I consume all the review videos on YouTube so my opinion and thoughts doesn’t stray from my original reaction. So let’s get into this. Also spoiler alert.

Logan is amazing.

That needed an entire line to itself just because of how much I really mean this. The final Wolverine film says goodbye in many ways to the character, to the X-Men franchise (for now) and to Hugh Jackman in the starring role for so long.

And what a heart-breaking ending it is.

Logan lives up to all the hype and all the reviews. There never seems to be a slow moment in the film. The film is straight-forward and to the point: more personal than any other superhero story, much less a Wolverine story, before. It strays from filling in the details, staying in the present rather than focusing on the past and the film doesn’t hold back when it comes to slicing people with adamantium claws.

The visuals of the film are very Western-esque and the colours are toned down to keep the dark, gritty tone alive. In fact, whenever there was a pop of colour, it would seem out of place and create a sense of uneasiness. Since the trailer’s release, Logan‘s plot line seemed similar to the game The Last of Us but the difference between the two lies with its characters.

The main trio that we follow throughout the story (Logan, Charles Xavier and Laura) are all broken – something unseen in comic book films. Sure, X-Men: Days of Future Past showed a different broken version of Professor X, however, Logan depicts a world where mutants are dying out.

Patrick Stewart does well to highlight the sweetness of an old man who has become damaged beyond repair – stealing a couple of scenes with his own little quips. As her debut film, Dafne Keen nails it as Laura whether it’s charming the audience with her silence, channeling the rage into her fight scenes or breaking our hearts as she finally calls Logan, “Daddy.”

Excuse me as I cry into my pillow.

However, the star remains to be Hugh Jackman who portrays the titular character differently in this film compared to its predecessors. Logan, in his old age, is just tired. Tired and, as earlier said, broken. His last moments on screen as the character is heartbreaking to say the least and Wolverine is seen at his most vulnerable.

From start to finish, Logan was a wonderful farewell to everything that established comic book movies to begin with and cements the legacy that it had created. Without the success of X-Men and the brilliant casting of Hugh Jackman as The Wolverine, would the world still get these amazing superhero films today?

Even if the journey to get to this point was long and rough, it was a finale worth waiting for and a finale worth watching again.

Photo Credit: Superhero Hype
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