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Logan is GREAT and gets an A-
Let me first say that Wolverine is one of my top three superheroes of all time. He's one of the first and strongest anti-heroes with such a unique and original story. I've idolized this guy since I was a kid in the 90s reading X-Men comic books and watching the stellar X-Men animated series. To watch Hugh Jackman take on this character in such a truthful and iconic way has been incredibly satisfying to watch over the last 17 years (...17 years!).
You can therefore imagine how excited I was for this movie to be good. In addition, I was very hopeful, for two reasons. The first being that in my opinion the previous two Wolverine movies haven't been at a level of quality that both this character and actor deserve. While I still enjoy it because of bias, most of us can agree that X-Men Origins: Wolverine is a terrible movie. Heck even Hugh admits this. 2013's The Wolverine was an improvement with two solid first acts; however, the weak third act ultimately made the movie OK. The second reason was that this was HUGE Jackman's last time playing Wolverine and I wanted Hugh to go out with a loud SNIKT!
Well...not only is Logan good, it's GREAT! This will easily be in my top ten movies of the year. It may even end up on my top ten superhero films of all time. Only time will with that last one. James Mangold applied a fresh take on a Wolverine story that is faithful to the character. Logan is a Wolverine movie with the style and feel of both The Dark Knight and Unforgiven. The dark, violent, and grounded tone is executed so well to tell a story that is well layered and focused on the characters. In addition, the acting is superb all around! Hugh Jackman gives his best Wolvey performance yet (maybe of any role) and it was fantastic to see the other actors hold their own so well with him, in particular Boy Holbrook as the chief antagonist and Dafne Keen as the key supporting character.
There is one particular part in the movie that resulted in hands down one of my favorite goosebumps experiences in the cinema ever. Jaime will testify to the fact that there was even a moment when I grabbed my knees to my chest with excitement.
There are a few minor flaws in the movie, manly around a couple of sequences feeling as if they occurred just to move the plot along. However, those are minor and for 90% of the time you forget you are watching a movie and are just so engrossed by the brutal action and slicing drama.
Logan is possibly the best X-Men movie to date and might become to be viewed as one of the best superhero films ever. This was a great swan song for Hugh Jackman's take on this much loved character.
This is a followup to my post last night, with initial thoughts on Logan. I wrote the original post right after I got home from the movie, while everything was still fresh in my mind. Now that I've had a chance to sleep on it and think about it, I am confidently giving this an A-, and I wanted to add some more thoughts.
Naturally, of course, this post has plenty of spoilers.
As Wolverine is dying, he says something like "So this is what it feels like." As I watched the movie, I assumed he meant that he was feeling what it was like to die, but maybe he meant what it was like to have a family. Maybe it was a little bit of both. I like it either way.
Patrick Stewart was amazing as Professor X (as always). But this portrayal as a man with a degenerative brain disease, still wanting to do good, was especially exceptional. But I'm not sure how I felt that he died immediately after remembering how he had killed people, including his X-Men. On one hand he didn't have to live with what he had done, but on the other hand he never got a chance to redeem himself (although he had probably built up a ton of karma points beforehand).
The scene when Laura starts to talk and is yelling at Logan in Spanish was hilarious. You could just feel his frustration of having no idea what's going on, she's a kid being a kid and just yelling, and it was a great break to the overall tension.
I just got back from seeing "Logan". I'll need to think a bit more as time goes on, but here are my initial thoughts.
The battle scene are amazing. There are lots of hints of this in the previews, but seeing the full fight scenes gives you the full experience.
Dafne Keen did an amazing job at X-23. Again, this was hinted in the previews but she did a terrific job in the role. Even when she has a minimal amount of dialog she manager to convey emotion. There are tons of experienced, older actors who can't do that.
**Now let's get into some spoilers!**
The "opening scene" teaser for Deadpool. I love that they sandwiched it in after the "turn off your phone and don't steal our movie" preview andb efore the movie actually started. Totally had me fooled.
The adaptation from the "Old Man Logan" comic was clever. Obviously Fox doesn't have the rights to a lot of the characters, but the adaptation was well done. The way they handled Xavier blew my mind. "A degenerative brain disease in the most dangerous brain in the world" followed by the hinted moment when he remembers that he killed so many people as he lost control of his mind (and hinting that he killed the X-Men too).
I loved seeing Logan in his "berserker" mode. That part of the character hasn't really been shown in the movies, and he needed an injection to do it, but once he took the medication and we got to hear him scream in the woods I had goosebumps. When he and X-23 team up they were practically unstoppable.
One of the best ending moments in a movie. When X-23 goes back to Wolverine's grave to turn the cross on its side and make an "X". This was truly the proper send off for Hugh Jackman.
I was surprised at how much I felt the emotion as the movie went on. I don't know that I had a huge connection to Jackman's Wolverine character, but I think it just speaks to how well the movie was made. Big applause to James Mangold.
Right now I'm stuck between this and Deadpool as the best movies in the X-Men franchise. I hate comparing them though. Deadpool is sort of a dark comedy action movie, while this really is a drama/action flick.
What did you think? Did Logan live up to your expectations?