Logan Movie Review
By: Jake Philips
Logan… wow. At this point, I’m sure you’ve at least heard about this movie coming. You may have even read other commentary about how it is. After seeing it, I can say without a doubt that “Logan” is the finest, and closest overall character adaptation to the comics yet. If you’re a fan of the Mark Millar’s run I doubt you’ll be surprised that the story is very different, but what it does achieve is that it still follows the same no holds barred, ultra-bloody, uber-violent path Millar took us on.
This movie is set in 2029. The first act is set with Logan in Mexico and the American southwest as a driver, with him saving up money to take care of Professor X and Caliban. His existence is pain; he sees himself as damaged goods and a loser, simply holding on for Professor X. Professor X has his own problems in that he’s a senile, frail old man whose brain is considered a weapon of mass destruction. Logan and Charles eventually meet up with Laura, a pre-teen with a *lot* in common with Logan. A group of bad people named The Reavers whom are working for even worse people.
While there are few references of previous X-Men movies there are (to my noticing) no references to the first two Wolverine movies, “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” and “The Wolverine”; that’s not a bad thing by any means as none of them stand up to this film. The real ride lies within the fact that Fox Studios took a lesson from the same playbook that helped “Deadpool” become so successful, in that they let the director direct. The difference paid off in multitudes.
As one can imagine, tons of bad things happen during the film, but emotionally you run the gambit from laughing at a dinner table as a family all the way to one or two of the saddest many of us comic buffs can imagine. One of the best parts of this movie is just how great the acting is from every single person involved. More than anything, I loved seeing Wolverine finally become the unhinged character we’ve all been waiting too long for. I walked out thinking that Fox has finally done it… they made a comic book movie that was dark yet serious tone that was still immensely enjoyable.
In the near future, a weary Logan cares for an ailing Professor X in a hide out on the Mexican border. But Logan’s attempts to hide from the world and his legacy are up-ended when a young mutant arrives, being pursued by dark forces.
RATING: Rated R for strong brutal violence and language throughout, and for brief nudity.
RUN TIME: 2 hr 15 min
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