–Logan by far, is the best developed and written Marvel film to date. It stars Hugh Jackman & Patrick Stewart reprising their roles of Wolverine and Professor X, along with Dafne Keen as Laura, Eriq La Salle, Boyd Holbrook, Stephen Merchant & Elizabeth Rodriguez.
The film was directed by James Mangold (Girl, Interrupted, Walk the Line, 3:10 to Yuma & The Wolverine) off a script he co-wrote with Scott Frank and Michael Green.
The teaser for the film says, “In the near future, a weary Logan cares for an ailing Professor X in a hide out on the Mexican border. But Logan’s attempts to hide from the world and his legacy are up-ended when a young mutant arrives, being pursued by dark forces.”
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Logan takes place about 12 years from now, in the year 2029, where a lot of things and events have taken place that involves both all of humanity and mutants alike. There are so many things I want to say about Logan, but the bottom line is that this is the first Marvel film where the audience had emotional reactions to various moments in the story. No, not stunned moments like when Phil Coulson gets killed in The Avengers! Sure, that made your jaw drop, but that’s about it. No, this film hit you on many levels, depending on how deeply rooted your fandom is in this and the X-Men franchise. This is the Captain America film of the X-Men movies where so much takes place at the underpinnings of the X-Men.
The violence is traditional Wolverine, but not in the sense of how it used to be done, but rather, as its executed by this older Logan.
For those who love the first half of most Marvel films, but hate how they devolve into violence in the second half, this isn’t like that. The story is incredibly well-woven within the context of the confrontations while to be honest, there’s a heck of a lot of character development to go along with, and in between some of the physical conflicts. Every scene something is delivered about the background of the situation, a character or event. Your brain will explode with imparted new knowledge with each act.
Unlike some films where a few characters get all the sunshine and no real depth, each character in this film has some kind of depth and reasoning.
Logan is still a very raw and tormented human who only wants to be left alone. But try as he may, someone still finds him. And the way Mangold put it together, I think you could call this more of a character driven drama than an action film because every time that violence erupts, it’s more of a well deserved moment rather than a showcase of comic book powers.
For all the drama the film still earns it’s R-rating, in both verbal design and well, we get to see how Wolverine can really wreak havoc. At times, there’s no holds barred, but it’s not over-done either. At other times, well, there’s this truck mirror and a storm of expletives. You’ll see what I mean. It’s pretty funny actually.
What really tops off this entertainment cake is the actual lack of CGI. Sure, we have to do the blades, and the damage from the blades. I don’t think they pay stuntmen enough for THAT, but the rest of the action is mostly old-fashioned stunt work.
After 18 years, Jackman definitely knew how to pull this story line off and if you’re any kind of a fan of the comics Wolverine, it is believed you will LOVE IT. If you were a fan of the film character, no matter which sets of movies you watched, I think you’ll appreciate the culmination of where they all led to in this film.
If you… oh my god, you will love it.
Believe it or not, Rotten Tomatoes has Logan at 93% while IMDb users have rated it at 8.7/10. Effectively, a 9/10. You will not be disappointed if you drop bucks on this film in theaters.