It has been a few hours since I saw this film and yet I still feel moody. I feel like cold water has been poured over my head for a long period of time and the shock is yet to wear off. Do not get me wrong though, Logan is not in any way a terrible movie. Far from it. It’s so far removed from being a terrible film that anyone who doesn’t like it simply doesn’t like it for whatsoever reason they deem fit and not by anything the film did or didn’t do.
First off, lets get this out of the way. It is an R rated film and rightly so. Therefore to take issue with it because of the violence would be pointless as that has been obvious right from the red band trailers. Secondly, I felt the violence as portrayed was completely in tune with the tone and feel of the film and save for one specific scene, I don’t think it was merely shoehorned in to warrant the R rating. I instead felt that it showed the brutality of the world we live in and showed just how much anger can come into play when you feel the world has been unfair and one has so many regrets.
That being said, Logan tells the final (for their sake, I hope that it is) story of Logan a.k.a The Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) years after an incident has occurred which leaves most of the mutants dead or in hiding. He now takes care of a “fallen from grace” Charles Xavier (Patrick Stewart) even as he tries to live a normal life. His world is however turned upside down as a new mutant enters his life and he must save her from those who are after her and in so doing maybe also find a glimmer of hope and redemption.
The film is replete with foul language, blood and not so much gore (at least not so much for me). It is also filled with genuinely hilarious moments. In one scene that I believe marked the beginning of the second act, everything felt so normal and so good that while the tension is ratcheted up as you wonder what comes next; you temporarily forget the darkness outside and focus on this immediate albeit temporary light.
I read/came across an article on Logan that said this film didn’t do anything different or new for the superhero genre. I completely disagree. I believe that Logan has shown that it is possible to make a superhero film that isn’t about saving the world or even oneself, but instead about being the conduit through which others are saved. It also shows that with a bit of thought put into a story that doesn’t fit with the tropes of superhero film, we can actually have a story that stands apart while being part of an even bigger and larger story.
Logan and Deadpool may be R rated but they couldn’t be further apart in terms of tone and feel. If Deadpool had been in Logan, I personally think it would have been a bit off-putting and would sort of remove from the grounded feel that Logan has.
Logan is a brilliant movie in every form. The script is tight and save for a bit of downtime that allows us to breathe even as the story continues to unfold, I can’t think of a better way the film could have been done. For a non Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) movie, it had quite a bit of funny moments. The banter between the characters was brilliant and when Logan and Xavier interact with each other, you can see that there is a lot of history between them. You could even almost say that they are father and son.
At the end of the day, you will either love Logan or you will hate. It’s not for everyone and at the same time, if you’re a fan of the Netflix Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) TV Series, you should definitely love this.
Then again I might be wrong.
I don’t know if I’ll call this the best X-Men film or the best Wolverine film, what I can say though is that it is the first superhero film since The Dark Knight that has had me racking my head long after I’ve left the cinema hall wondering what I just experienced. Logan is a well thought out and very grown up film and for anyone who felt it has the same feel as The Last of Us, you are absolutely right. I can’t end this review without mentioning Laura aka X-23 (Dafne Keen). She is absolutely brilliant in this role. Brilliant and absolutely terrifying.
Final Score: 9.5/10