Friday, March 3

Review: Logan

Logan is not your normal X-Men Movie, and that's a good thing!
Faced with the near-extinction of the X-Men mutants, the newest addition to the solo Wolverine saga and the X-Men series puts us in the middle of a mutant apocalypse. But is this apocalyptic world enough to make us forget about the flop that was X-Men: Apocalypse?

Although the third Hugh Jackman solo Wolverine movie, Logan is a departure from the two films that came before it. Set in the alternate timeline created in X-Men: Days of Future Past, Logan fast-forwards to the year 2029, where almost all mutants have gone extinct and no new mutants have been born in years. Wolverine has retreated into obscurity where he now works as a limousine driver. Hiding on the Mexican border in an abandoned mine, Wolverine keeps Professor Charles Xavier in a fallen water tower for his own safety. Now a senile man who struggles from seizures that can paralyze and potentially kill entire towns, Professor X is listed as a weapon of mass destruction and is watched over by Wolverine and another of the few remaining mutants, Caliban. While working to earn enough money to buy medication that keeps the professor under control, Wolverine is approached by a mysterious woman and a young girl who are being chased by government agents. The young girl, known as X-23, is a female Wolverine clone, and this encounter forces the Wolverine and Professor X to flee, taking the young X-23 along for the ride. On the run, Wolverine must grapple with Professor X’s dangerous condition and constant attack from the government agents, all the while being reluctantly pulled into the middle of the mutant’s last chance for survival.

Despite its departure from traditional comic book films, Logan is still at its heart what we have come to expect from the genre. There is still the central “main” villains, there are still superpowers, and there are still comic book tropes that we have come to expect. Logan departs from the genre, however, being the first Marvel movie in recent history with an “R” rating since Deadpool blazed the path last year. And trust me, they really want you to know that this is an R-rated movie. The opening scene had me rolling my eyes with the first line being “oh fuck” and then proceeding into a scene where Wolverine brutally defends himself against a group of carjackers. The opening scene set the expectations for the rest of the movie to be an over-the-top, annoyingly “edgy” film only for the sake of earning an R-rating.

My expectations after the first scene were happily turned on their head. Logan was a powerful, entertaining movie that did enough different and is bound to be a hit even to mainstream audiences. Other than the first scene, the movie utilized its R-rating well. Although I personally feel like some of the gore of the film could have been cut (not because it was exceptionally disturbing, but because some of it just wasn’t as polished as I wanted), a majority of the rating comes from circumstances that enhanced the movie. Logan features some great action that kept it fresh and exciting. But where it really shined was in the desperation and the on-the-run feeling that it evoked. The movie made it clear that no one was safe and that it truly set the stakes high. Despite its length, the action and the suspense kept the movie feeling short and never gave us a dull moment.

In this same vein, Logan was an amazing counterpoint to the Marvel and X-Men franchises. Despite still relying on some classic comic book tropes that I feel the movie would have been even better without, the overall feeling is drastically different. Even in their most desperate moments, Marvel and X-Men films still always have a hopeful, optimistic perspective. You always know that somehow things are going to work out. Logan turns all of that on its head. And it is all the more amazing for it. It sets us toward the end of the mutant extinction where every remaining mutant is stuck in a battle for their lives. It is desperate, dark, and almost fearless. And most surprisingly, the movie has emotionally poignant moments. It endears you to every character. Additionally, Logan is not a movie about heroes. It shows that our protagonists aren’t perfect and aren’t infallible.

Logan is one of the best showings the comic book movie genre has to offer. Deadpool proved comic book movies could be over-the-top, absurd, and could break out of the mold of the formula that made the movies before it so successful. And what Deadpool did to the industry, Logan has also done. Logan is proof again that comic book movies can be different. They can be dark and desperate, and they don’t have to focus on heroes. For these reasons, I recommend Logan to everyone – even people who didn’t love the previous X-Men or Marvel movies. Logan deserves all the praise it is soon to get.

4.8 out of 5

What would I have changed? (Spoilers)
Click here to read what I would Change
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Johnny Johnny (Contributor) was born and raised in San Diego. He's been a fan of films the majority of his life. He enjoys the feeling it invokes and the power it has to take you to another place. 


50 comments:

  1. Elizabeth ParkerMarch 3, 2017 at 3:20 PM

    4.8/5 is a very specific review :). I'm planning on seeing this one, it looks great.

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  2. Can't wait to see!!!!

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  3. Thank you Johnny. Will be seeing this one this week. The trailers look wonderful and who doesn't love the Wolverine!

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  4. I can't wait to see this!

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  5. Paul Michael MartinezMarch 6, 2017 at 12:51 PM

    It's an awesome movie not typical x-men movie but has the action, drama, feelings, and strength of consideration of award winning film.

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  6. Can't wait to see Logan!!!!!

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  7. I liked it but it was really gritty and gory! Whew! A little long also!

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  8. I loved it! I also teared up😢

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  9. The second time I watched Logan it was even more emotional. Great movie!!

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  10. Luis Guillermo CruzMarch 6, 2017 at 1:32 PM

    I still havent seen it

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  11. I am hoping to watch this soon! Logan has always been my fav! I am glad to hear that it was a good (and somewhat different type of) movie.

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  12. I can hardly wait to have enough time to watch this.

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  13. Really want to are this with my son!

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  14. I was surprised by how character driven Logan was. For a Superhero movie, it's very dramatic and insightful.

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  15. simply amazing

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  16. I can't wait to see this one!!!

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  17. Great movie! I cried! Yes, it was a departure from the usual Marvel/X-Men format (which I also love), but it was done well.

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  18. This was surprisingly better than expected. The movie was emotional and tugged at a few heart strings.

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  19. RE: What would I have changed? (Spoilers)....In the comic book world of multiple timelines and parallel universes, sometimes it is just better (certainly easier) to just accept a film on its own terms.

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  20. I agree with GRSSD, I can accept this film on it's own terms. I enjoyed it even at the times when I had tears in my eyes. Only two parts were traumatic to me (but that's because of the way I feel for the characters) but I won't add any spoilers here. It's just a really great movie.

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  21. I agree completely....just accept it on it's own terms. Well said!

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  22. Lots of action and fight scenes.

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  23. Watched this in a screening in Chicago. Was very good, filled with loss of action, but definitely not like the previous x-men movies

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  24. Cant wait to see it

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  25. Loved every second of the movie! Seen it 4 times!

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  26. Shondra LawrenceMarch 9, 2017 at 7:47 PM

    I didn't like how they made Logan into a drunk uber driver.

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  27. I lôved the action and rugged wolverine who showed vulnerability

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  28. it was awesome

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  29. Extremely intense, very bloody, but an accepting ending to wolverine saga!

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  30. Loved this film!! The next one should be about X-23. The whole movie was awesome, Im gonna see it again.

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  31. Another awesome Wolverine movie in the books

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  32. Amazing movie! LOVED this film!

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  33. I definitely enjoyed "Logan" a lot. Dark and gritty. Felt more "real" than any previous X-Men/Wolverine outings.

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  34. I agree with your thoughts especially the spoilers. I think they did a good job. I felt like this was the end of an era. Hugh Jackman has come full circle with the Wolverine character. This movie shows why we will miss him.

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  35. Hugh Jackman's interviews about playing Wolverine have been great, shows what a classy humble genuine person he is. I don't think anyone else could have done all the Wolverine movies. He has completely given himself to this role. I look forward to watching Logan soon.

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  36. Can't wait to see this movie

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  37. Every review of Logan has been so positive. I'm afraid to see it because 1) it will meet my expectations, and 2) it will be a tangible reminder that Hugh won't be playing Logan anymore. :(

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  38. Loved the infallibility but endurance of both Logan and X23...I will be seeing this movie again.

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  39. Pedro Rafael CruzMarch 24, 2017 at 9:26 AM

    Logan was the schizzle my nizzle!

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  40. Agreed. Loved that Logan was darker, grittier, challenged some of the standard super-hero patterns, and yet still felt like a "super-hero" movie.

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  41. Such a good movie! I gotta see it again.

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  42. A good down to earth X-MEN story of the Wolverine if that's possible. Very action pack.

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  43. Abdul Haseeb AlviMarch 31, 2017 at 3:33 PM

    It was a great ending to a rough start of a series. I feel like it finally found its roots, unfortunately, it was at the end of Hugh Jackman's role as Wolverine.

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  44. really enjoyed the last Logan movie.

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  45. Kelvin TruesdaleApril 5, 2017 at 6:10 PM

    Good movie

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  47. I absolutely loved this movie, and it is the perfect send off for Hugh Jackman as Wolverine.

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  48. Jamie Barton-CapdevilaApril 14, 2017 at 6:14 PM

    I can't believe the ending. I sat in the theater about 10 minutes after the movie was over trying to deal with the shock and pulling myself together. The movie was exciting, had fantastic action and was really powerful. An incredible ride.

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