Movie Review: Logan; Wolverine’s Epic Bow Out.
If you are familiar with the Wolverine character from the X-men films then you already know that he is not the type to shy away from a fight or hesitate to save the day. Logan shows us a different side of Wolverine we have not seen in any of the previous films. A very different yet equally lovable side.
Set in the near future, 2029, the film follows a weary Logan (Hugh Jackman) serving as a limo driver so he can care for an ailing Professor X (Sir Patrick Stewart). But Logan’s attempts to hide from the world and his legacy are botched when a young mutant arrives, being pursued by dark forces.
Over the years we have seen Wolverine/Logan in his prime, almost indestructible self. Now we get to see him aged, weak and vulnerable. We are showed a more human side to him that does not only reveal his weaknesses but also shows his true nature responsible for him being the hero that he is.
This film didn’t feel like any of the other X-men films we have seen so far. It has a laid back vibe that still oozes seriousness and an intense aura as it progresses. It plays well on a emotions to bring a more humane side to this complex Wolverine character we’ve seen all these years.
Both Jackman and Stewart give an excellent bowing out performances here, which might succeed at moving you close to tears a couple of times as the film progresses. It’s quite understandable that they would want to bow out of the still ongoing franchise with an epic performance after about 17years. After all a lot of people only know him as Wolverine/Logan and might probably have not paid as much attention to anything else he has starred in. It still felt like its 135 mins run time could have be cut short because most of the scenes where too slow paced and felt like they dragged on too long. If you’ve never been close to tears after seeing an X-men movie, this one is likely to get you there. It’s safe to conclude that both Hugh Jackman and Patrick Stewart must be feeling very fulfilled having been able to pull off memorable performances in this film they are both most likely going to be remember for a very long time.
The film also boasts of a startling performance from Dafne Keen, who plays Laura (the young mutant girl). It’s quite impressive to see her character exhibit that amount of fierce rage and brutality yet manage to be still adorable and pleasant to see.
For a film that does not have a lot of easy humor or laughable moments there are still some scenes that would make you forget all the seriousness and have you laughing.
If you loved the violence and goriness of Deadpool then you would love Logan for that same reason. Well, minus the direct humor and candid approach of Deadpool. It’s not mindless bloody violence, but it’s just appropriate for the Wolverine character we are seeing this time around and the approach of this film.
If you are expecting to see more of the mutants you are familiar with then you would be disappointed. Logan is set in a future where mutants are extinct with no records of any mutant births for over 20years. Of course you might have to be familiar with X-men to be able to appreciate this detail in the plot. But you could still enjoy this movie without having seen any of the previous films. The only downside is you might not feel the actual griping power of the emotional undertones this film has.
What makes this film even more appealing is that there is not any over usage of CGI of visual effects to complete the film. Unlike the others, it keeps a very natural relatable cinematography that is maintained in the visuals from start to finish. Even the action sequences and stunts which are obviously a bit bloodier were not flawed with graphics.
It still felt like its 135mins run time could have be cut short because most of the scenes where too slow paced and felt like they dragged on too long. It’s almost as if the action sequences were carefully placed in the opening 30mins and closing 30mins. Everything in between then felt a bit dragged.
This is felt more like a very good film and not just another super hero movie. That’s why we would rate this film a well-deserved 8.5/10.
What are you waiting for? It was hard enough for us not to give away any spoilers in this review. You should go see this movie as soon as you can. It’s definitely worth the time.
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