LOGAN- Review

Logan is a 2017 American superhero film produced by Marvel Entertainment and distributed by 20th Century Fox.  The f10th film of the Xmen series and the 3rd  in the Wolverine trilogy it is the final chapter for the adamantium laced character which begun in Brian Singers Xmen series in the year 2000.

Taking inspiration from the source material, Old Man Logan,  it follows an aged Wolverine and a extremely ill and mentally fading Professor X defending a young mutant Laura from those hunting her. With his healing factor fading and the adamanitium poisoning him he is not the unstoppable force he once was.

I seriously doubt any film i see in 2017 will match the balance of action & character depth .

Exploration of such powerful themes: loss,aging,running from your past,legacy,mortality,death,feeling alone,loss of relevance etc  All while still making one of the most brutal films of the last decade

LOGAN plays more like a Western than a movie whose source material is a comic book. Take away the adamantium claws and it could very much be a modern Western; very much like UNFORGIVEN.

It was as if Sam Peckinpah directed this film while consulting with Kurosawa.

James Mangold who directed the previous movie in the series wanted a worthy send off for the character and did a brilliant job on the script and directing. Much of the lonely warrior themes came from the Shane, the 1953 George Stevens film, which in brilliant meta form played within the film.

Tonally, this is a very different film from everything else in the Xmen universe it might as well be in a different orbit.  We see Logan and Xavier but they arent quite as we remember; the roles have been reversed and now Logan is the caregiver and Xavier is the one in need of help. Xavier now cusses and Logan exercises patience, staying strong for the remaining of Charles days while holding on the the adamantium bullet from the 1st film to end his own life when the time comes.

The colors are muted and gone are the bright colors and skies of the rebooted world of X-men First class.  Logan has its own identity and there is nothing cheerful or optimistic about it, like was said of The Dark Knight, it is a superhero film for those who may not care for superhero films and to this writer, surpasses the second installment of Nolan’s trilogy.

Unlike most other comic book films , the exploration of vulnerability,anger with Stubbornness and compassion arent exactly the themes which appeal to 12 year old children; Hugh Jackman truly put in the performance of a lifetime and i hope his performance gets recognized come award season; cos it may be one of the best by the title character of a comic book movie.

New comer Dafne Keen as X-23 aka Laura is a revelation, much like Hit Girl opened doors for Chloe Grace Moretz, this may just open so many doors for her; she gave a great performance of mostly no dialogue and communicated so much with her eyes for someone so young.  Personally, i’d like to see a spin off with her and Deadpool’s, Negasonic Teen Warhead, think Thelma and Louise type road trip; but with Logan set in 2029, it would more likely be Negosonic Middle Aged Warhead, unless they find a DeLorean.

This was a brilliant sendoff to a beloved character whose previous movies never lived up to what they could have been. LOGAN has more than made up , all is forgiven.

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