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Logan is directed by James Mangold, and it stars Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, Dafne Keen, and Boyd Holbrook. The film follows a weary and much older version of Logan, otherwise known as Wolverine. He lives with and cares for a frail Charles Xavier, and they generally try to keep their heads down and not attract any attention. When Logan is brought into a situation concerning a new younger mutant, he begrudgingly agrees to help. As you might imagine, trouble ensues and we have our movie.
Logan lives up to all expectations set by its fantastic trailers. This is a movie that could very easily crack my Top Ten of 2017 list, maybe even Top Five, depending on how good the rest of the year is. According to Hugh Jackman, this will be his last film portraying Wolverine, and if that’s true, what a way to go out. Logan proves that just because a film is based on a comic-book, doesn’t mean that it can't be an absolutely amazing film. That’s what this movie is. Logan is, first and foremost, a great film.
This film's R-rating is a very large part of what makes it what it is. As you would expect from an R-rated Wolverine film, there is a lot of violence and swearing in this movie. The swearing never feels out of place; it feels natural to these characters. It’s not like Sausage Party where they swear just for the shock value. The same can be said for the violence. Logan's violence works extremely well for this story. In previous X-Men films, we’ve gotten the idea of the violence Wolverine causes, but in this film, we get to see it in its full uncensored glory (if glory is the word you want to use). Despite the intense brutality in the film, it's never gory. It’s never over-exaggerated blood splatters and people getting blown to bits. There are a few scenes here and there that cause you to wince at what just happened, but overall, they keep the violence to a level where it’s R-rated, but not overdone.
This film would not work if it were rated PG-13. That’s because the tone of the film is a very gritty and realistic one. A recurring theme throughout the film is that in the real world people die, and it isn’t pretty. Life doesn’t happen in the cookie-cutter, pretty way that it’s portrayed as in many superhero films. This is a very serious movie, and Wolverine thrives in it. Though the overall tone is pretty grim at times, Logan does have some light-hearted moments. In fact, you might even find yourself laughing out loud at several points throughout this film. Logan finds a perfect balance of emotions. You’ll be thrilled by the action sequences, you’ll laugh in certain scenes, and you’ll cry in others.
I had very high expectations for this film, and it still found ways to surprise me. The biggest of these surprises by far were the performances given. These were not the type of performances you’d find in your typical comic-book film. Across the board, these were the kind of performances you’d see in a legitimate awards contender. I can say without hyperbole, that I would not be surprised if Patrick Stewart gets nominated for Best Supporting Actor at the 2018 Oscars for his role as Charles Xavier in this film. It may seem premature to say, but if he’s not nominated, then 2017 will have given us some pretty outstanding performances. Hugh Jackman is nothing to be scoffed at either. In this film, he proves why he makes a perfect Wolverine. He disappears into this character, and it’s amazing to watch. If this truly is his last time in the role, then he really went out with a bang, as I'd say this is his best performance in the role yet. These performances are things to behold, and they just might be the best of 2017 so far.
Logan not only lives up to the hype, but it even exceeds it. Usually, when people discuss what they consider to be the best comic-book movie of all time, it’s a two-horse race between The Avengers and The Dark Knight. Logan will now be entering that conversation, undoubtedly. I hesitate to even call this a comic-book film because it is so drastically different from anything we've seen in the genre before. Plus, it’s a very accessible film to non-superhero fans as well. You can watch this film, having not seen any X-Men films before, and it’ll make complete sense. Logan isn’t just one of the best comic-book films ever to be made, it’s also a remarkable movie.
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