Hi guys! This is my first movie review of 2017. I recently saw Logan and it seems like an abundance of comic book fans were looking forward to this film. Hugh Jackman was iconic as Wolverine for many years and this was his last appearance in the X-Men franchise. Let's take a look at Logan's strengths and weaknesses.
Action is the film's greatest element. It's a Wolverine movie, right? Logan is rated R and that means it has more potential for graphic violence than the previous installments. Even though the fight scenes are bloody and gruesome, they seem more fitting to the comics. I finally feel like we're watching a Wolverine movie. You're going to see it all. Severed limbs, heads, and more. Some of the chase scenes feel like a throwback to Mad Max. You'll see wacky car chases with all kinds of outcomes. Hugh Jackman is still the right guy for the job, even though he's aging out of the part. That's probably why 20th Century Fox ran the Old Man Logan storyline. I'm not sure how anyone could replace him.
The plot isn't bad in some ways. It has a central direction and seems to be taking the X-Men franchise in a new direction. Hope is a major theme in the X-Men films and we continue to see this trend in Logan. Even though their situation is bleak, you'll see a glimmer of hope in the distance. I hope we'll see Dafne Keen as Laura or the new Wolverine in future movies. Her character has a lot of potential and she's a vicious fighter. Here's an extra cookie. Boyd Holbrook is a very good looking man as Donald Pierce, one of the main antagonists. That was a message for the female comic book fans.
Now I have to discuss the parts I didn't like. Truthfully, I'm not a fan of this movie. It's dark, depressing, and quite slow. Yes, I gave a lot of praise to the action scenes. But much of the film drags along. Logan only runs for two hours and fifteen minutes. It feels like three hours or longer. Wolverine was always broody and pessimistic in earlier films, but this movie takes his attitude to a completely different level. You'll also see a different version of Professor X. He's somewhat senile and really crabby. Occasionally, he shows hopeful elements. But most of the time, he's just dark and difficult to handle. Other characters needed a bigger chance to shine. Laura is mute through most of the movie for some reason. She can talk, but chooses not to engage in conversation for a long time. The Reavers are enhanced humans who are hunting down Laura and Logan, but their characters seem very generic. They're not menacing, interesting, or cool at all. For those of you who saw the trailers, it's clear that the X-Men are gone. The film explains this problem and you'll probably hate the reason why the X-Men are a defunct group. They survive Days of Future Past and Apocalypse, but then everything ended badly anyway. I guess the X-Men just have a lot of bad luck in the film industry. Some things don't make a lot of sense either. They combine genetic engineering and in vetro fertilization into one concept. No mutants were born for twenty years and that doesn't make sense either because evolution mysteriously isn't happening anymore. Also, Laura is not X-23 from the comic books. They're split into separate characters and it just seems weird.
Despite its shortcomings, fans of the X-Men and Wolverine films should watch Logan. You can wait until it comes out on DVD, Blu-Ray, or Red Box. It's the swan song for both Logan and Professor X who are very important characters in the franchise. The movie also introduces some new ideas that we might see in future installments. I'm sure some people will think Logan is great. It was received quite well by critics and some of the diehard Wolverine fans might like the film's direction. Leave a comment if you want to say anything. I promise to write another post next week and enjoy the rest of your weekend.