X-Men’s Dark Knight Rises in Logan

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Beloved X-Men’s Wolverine completes his trilogy with Hugh Jackman at the helm of this great character portrayal in this series. 17 years have past since Jackman appeared in his first X-Men movie (2000) and I think it is fair to say he ended on top of his game (if it is truly his last appearance as Wolverine). A nod to Patrick Stewart is warranted as well; as his Charles Xavier was something never previously portrayed this way as shown in Logan. Between Patrick Stewart and Hugh Jackman, I don’t think you could have casted their roles any better in the entire series. As much as I could gush about the star power that shined through Stewart and Jackman, the rest of casting was preformed wonderfully and that is something that is rarely seen.

 

The story line wasn’t ground breaking by any measure but still refreshing as we rarely get to see an entire movie about a superhero in decline, facing their own mortality. I thought Dark Knight Rises did this very well with Christian Bale as an older Batman, but Batman wasn’t endowed with the indestructibility, the superhuman power of a Wolverine, etc. I have always enjoyed Wolverine due to; his tenacity, outsider mentality, ability to getting up to keep charging toward the enemy with such ferocity and disregard for his own personal welfare.  We realize early in the movie that although though aggressive, “take no prisoner personality” is still there in Logan, his physical body is not what it once was. He doesn’t bounce up quickly anymore, his wounds take much longer to heal and every movement of his seems to come from a sheer sense of exhaustion mentally and physically.

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With the story, especially if you don’t know the background from the comics ( I didn’t know at time of viewing), you will find yourself asking yourself certain questions that aren’t specifically answered in the film.

“ Why is Wolverine sick?”

 

“ How long has he been this way?”

 

“What has happened to the X-men?”

 

“Why is Logan so broken on the inside?” And so forth etc.

 

At least those were some of my questions and typically, it really bothers me if these details, these questions are not explained in the movie. However, for this movie, it didn’t bother me because whatever the answers, (although would be nice to know and confirm my suspicions) it doesn’t impact the story telling here. If anything it enhances the story by demonstrating how Logan has no direction in life before this little girl (Laura) comes into it to give him purpose. Speaking of this Laura, Dafne Keen was fantastic in her role and I look forward to see what else is in store for her in the X-Men universe.

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The tone of this movie was completely set different than any other X-Men movie and it was set early on in the film. Others may speak of the excess of violence in this movie (which I admit was plenty) and language, which was substantial as well, but I don’t think it was too much. The tone is somber, darker than previous X-Men movies, but it wasn’t overkill like last year’s Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice. There was still some subtle humor in this movie and if you don’t get caught up in the violence, the language; there is some strong drama elements here. The drama aspect is driven emotionally through; desperation, sadness and ultimately, redemption in Logan.

Overall, this film looks great, sounds great and is a fitting tribute to the conclusion of the Wolverine series. I recommend it strongly.

4 stars

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