Weekly Review: Logan (2017)

In the future, an old and weary Logan hides from the outside world at a remote outpost on the Mexican border. His solitude is interrupted when a young mutant, remarkably like himself, crosses his path, bringing with her the scores of enemies who want to capture her.

For the last 17 years, Hugh Jackman has played the same character: Wolverine, Logan, The Wolverine, Project X, other various codenames depending on the scenario. He’s played the same character, and he’s done so wonderfully. I don’t think I’ve ever really seen any complaints about him specifically over all these years.

With that being said, it’s been known for quite some time that his contract was nearing its end, and he was ready to stop. It’s understandable really. Jackman has had a long career, and he’s ready to let this one role rest. The only question about it was whether or not it was going to be a fitting send off.

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After finally getting the chance to see Logan, I can honestly say that it is fantastic. It was a very proper finale for a character that has become such an icon over the years. The film was mature in many ways, from themes to violence and actual plot points. It’s definitely not something for the kids.

I’ll start off with the violence. If you know Wolverine, you know he has the claws. This film really uses those claws. In Logan, the character is old, tired. He doesn’t want to deal with people. That’s why he stays out at his outpost, for his own sanity and the safety of others. He doesn’t want to fight anymore, but he will when he has to. When he does, it’s no holds barred.

I’ve seen a lot of people comment about how this is the Wolverine they’ve always wanted to see, maximum carnage. It’s definitely brutal. At the same time, it’s done really well. I’m not really one for gore and violence usually, but this was good, intense for sure, but good. The violence most certainly earns Logan its R rating.

The maturity of Logan doesn’t just refer to the level of violence. The best thing for me about this film was the lingering atmosphere of loss, grief, and aging. One of the best trailers I saw for this film, utilized “Hurt” by Johnny Cash, and the feeling that accompanies that song is always present in the film. It adds a lot to the final message.

I just really love the way that this movie was done. I could go on and on about all of the things I liked. The positives definitely outshined any negatives (if there were any) for me.

Most of the talk that I’ve seen surrounding this film is praise. In addition to the comments about this being the Wolverine that they’ve always wanted, I’ve seen others talking about how similar superhero movies need to take a note from this with more mature storylines. I both agree and disagree with this. Not all superhero movies need to be serious and mature. Sometimes an escapist film is entirely warranted.

If you’re a fan of the X-Men films thus far, a fan of the comics, or just a fan of Hugh Jackman, I would most definitely recommend seeing Logan. It was a showstopper for me, extremely memorable in a variety of ways.

Check out my favorite trailer for Logan below!

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