Released 03/03/2017 Rated: R
Many people are praising Logan is the best superhero film, but I disagree. However, I will say it’s the best Wolverine film. Best overall superhero movie is a bit of a stretch. Just because it’s different doesn’t automatically make it supreme. I loved The Avengers, and Winter Soldier, and my fingers are crossed for Wonder Woman. Logan is more akin to a modern Western than a generic comic book film, and I love it; it absolutely works!
The year is 2029, and not only are all the X-Men gone, but mutants as a whole have been generally wiped out. Logan’s health is failing, and Charles Xavier suffers from seizures that renders those in his vicinity paralyzed. When a mysterious woman tracks down Logan for help getting her daughter across the Canadian boarder, he refuses, only to get reluctantly roped into helping the young girl when he sees how similar they are.
Filmmakers have been trying to pull off the gritty superhero film for a while, but 9 times out of 10 it hasn’t fully worked for one reason or another. I’d like to think Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy was a success, whereas Zack Snyder’s Watchmen and even Batman V Superman didn’t quite work as intended. But developing Logan as a gritty Western fits the character as well as the film.
And the only reason we got the cut we did is because Hugh Jackman and the director, James Mangold, both took a pay cut, and essentially forced FOX to make the movie they wanted. And the success of the R-rated Deadpool probably also helped significantly. If there was ever a superhero movie to be made and reach an R-rating, (barring Deadpool of course) it’d be Wolverine. I’m pretty sure I remember hearing how Jackman and Mangold wanted The Wolverine to be rated R, but FOX pulled rank and made the movie their executives wanted. FOX is not my favorite studio after hearing about some of the shit they’ve pulled.
Logan is a great film based more in reality than the typical X-Men universe. Great story telling, action, and drama. Hugh Jackman is, as always, phenominal. Patrick Stewart is great and surprisingly a good bit of comic relief, which is odd for his character, but I like it. It’s out on Blu Ray soon, and we can’t wait to own it!