Movie Review: “Logan”
The year is 2029 and Logan (Hugh Jackman) is aging and his powers are not what they once were. Charles Xavier (Patrick Stewart) is sick and the rest of the mutants are gone. Logan and another mutant, named Caliban (Stephen Merchant), have isolated themselves in Mexico to care for Charles while keeping others safe from him. Logan has given up on life and it seems that Charles being alive is the only thing keeping Logan from killing himself. Logan's life goes on this way until, one day, a mysterious woman tracks him down asking for help. The woman is protecting a little girl who supposedly needs The Wolverine. Logan is reluctant to help until he starts to see how similar the girl is to Logan and how desperately she needs his help. So Logan, Charles and the girl begin their journey to get the girl to safety while running from some dangerous people.
The Pros & Cons
Old Man Logan (+10pts)
Bad Decision (-2pts)
The Other Mutants? (-2pts)
Pro: Old Man Logan (+10pts)
Make no mistake about it, the real antagonist of this movie was time. Time has finally caught up with Logan as we find him aged and relatively weak. His mutant healing is deteriorating which makes him more vulnerable than we have ever seen him. He is also tormented by all the death that has surrounded his life for the past few centuries. Time is truely Wolverines greatest nemesis and this movie captures that perfectly. It is hard to imagine what a multi-century life of violence would do to a man, but Hugh Jackman made this totally believable in this movie. You totally feel the pain that this character lives with and you totally believe why he is so bitter and so ready for his life to end. Again, I thought Logan captured this element perfectly and I cannot imagine a better conclusion for Hugh Jackman in this role.
Con: Antagonists (-4pts)
Okay, now while I said that time is the real antagonist of this movie, the physical antagonists were (in my opinio) pretty weak. None of the antagonists would have been threatening if Wolverine was in his prime. To be fair, that could have been exactly what the filmmakers were going for but I think this movie could have been so much fascinating than it already was, if Wolverine was faced with a tougher enemy than he's ever faced while also being more vulnerable than he's ever been. There was one antagonist that would have come close to being a match for Wolverine in his prime (you will know what I mean when you see the movie), but Wolverine could easily have outsmarted and out-raged this antagonist. This did not hurt the movie much because, I'll say it again, time was the real enemy in this film.
Pro: Violent (+10pts)
I was hoping and expecting this movie to be violent, but it still absolutely shocked me with how violent it ended up being and I loved every second. I'll be honest and say that some people will be turned off by the violence but, if you know anything about Wolverine in the comics, then you know how violent this character really is. This is an element that I have thought has been missing from Hugh Jackman's Wolverine for the past 17 years and I know it is an element that Hugh Jackman has wanted to bring into the movies. This movie absolutely satisfied that thirst. From both Logan and Laura, there were plenty of incredible, violent action sequences and what made it even better was the seemingly perfect balance between the rated-R violence and the Old Man Logan vulnerabilit. These two elements of this story complimented each other perfectly and it was so much fun to watch. However just in case anyone needs the warning: people will die in brutal ways in this film.
Con: Bad Decision (-2pts)
I thoroughly enjoyed t movie, which forced me to have to nitpick in order to find this con. Anyway, I found it and it's one that I had thought mention. Death and tragedy surrounds these characters. Danger follows these characters wherever they go, and these characters are aware of it. In this movie, Logan seems to be the only one that is thinking about this. Now, we have seen movies in which Logan struggles with this issue. So him choosing, or wanting to choose, isolation is nothing new for this character. My issue here is with Charles, who seems to make decisions while ignoring their almost certain, tragic consequences. I know we are seeing Charles like we have never seen him before, but I couldn't help but think even this version of Charles, would never make such risky decision. Please remember, this is an extremely minor issue since I had to dig so deep to think of it.
Pro: Laura (+6pts)
This character was an absolute blast to watch. She was absolutely violent and ruthless! It was like watching a tiny version of Wolverine, if Wolverine had never grown up with any rules or restrictions. The action sequences with this girl were so much fun but there was so much more to this character than just the brutal, ruthless violence. The backstory of Laura was pretty interesting to watch as well. I won’t get into the specifics for obvious reason but this girl has had a tough life so far which made for a complicated character to portray. I thought the actress, Daphne Keen, did a fantastic job capturing this character’s complexity without using dialogue. My only complaint about this character was that I would have liked to hear more from her. Does she speak in the film? You’ll have to see the movie to find out, but I would have liked to hear more from her perspective. Overall, this character was a huge success thanks to a great young actress.
Con: The Other Mutants? (-2pts)
This was a weird con for me, because it is something that i thought would and should be more of an issue both before and after seeing the movie. What happened to the rest of the mutants? This was one of my major questions before seeing the movie and it really does not answer that question well. They kind of throw out two vague explanations and leave it up to the audience to fill in the blanks. The result, was almost everyone I've talked to, that had seen the movie, has a different version of a theory as to what happened and there is really no obvious or correct answer. Now look, I'm not opposed to the audience having to fill in the blanks but do so in a way that can result in a definitive answer. We kind of get two explanations, one comes from a villain towards the beginning and the other comes from Charles during the transition between acts two and three, so stay focused! I know a few people who missed the one from Charles. While I say all this, the movie hardly focuses on this topic and, where the movie was so fascinating, I did not realize I was missing out on the answer to this issue until after the movie. In other words, this con did not hurt my opinion of the movie by very much.
Grade: A- (93pts)
I had high hopes going into this movie and I was so happy when I saw the movie because it absolutely lived up to my expectations. I will be honest with you, I am a big fan of all of the comic book movies and, while I enjoy Marvel movies more consistently than the rest, Wolverine is and always has been my favorite superhero (by far). I say this so that you are aware that I may be a biased viewer on this one. That being said, I thought this movie gave me everything I’ve wanted to see in a Wolverine movie. The action was unbelievably violent and so much fun to watch. Whether it was Logan, Laura or both of them together, the movie was filled with great action sequences that were so much fun to watch. Then to add onto that, the movie focuses on Logan as he has to deal with some very real issues such as time, old-age and death (Who’s death? See the movie!).
I strongly recommend seeing this movie when you can, ESPECIALLY if you have seen most or all of the previous movies featuring Hugh Jackman as Wolverine. It is fun, it is fascinating and I think it is worth your money. Just be aware that this is a violent movie.