‘Logan’ slashes way to being action movie hallmark

Photo Courtesy of Tribune News Service | Logan is based on the Marvel character Wolverine and displays his attempt to protect a young girl with mutant powers.

‘Logan’ — starring Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, Dafne Keen
10 out of 10
By Sam Romero ’17 & Graham Armknecht ’18
THE ROUNDUP

Be warned, this review contains massive spoilers for “Logan,” but to those who have not seen the movie yet, it is a new standard and should be held as a hallmark for how superhero movies should be made.

“Logan” is the last movie in the Wolverine trilogy, and it takes place in a dystopian future where Logan and Charles Xavier, played by Hugh Jackman and Patrick Stewart respectively, are the last two X-Men.

The movie follows the pair as they traverse the country to deliver Laura, played by Dafne Keen, to a place called Eden.

The R-rating of this movie is well deserved, but it allowed for the gore that Wolverine normally leaves in his wake to be portrayed accurately.

The R-rating allowed for the tone to be the darkest of any superhero movie made as of this time. The darkness works with the character and doesn’t feel forced.

The movie was about Logan vs. himself more than Logan vs. a villain. Jackman is playing a much older Logan than he has previously. His wounds aren’t healing like they used to, he is wheezing from his age and he’s walking with a limp.

Outside of the physical aging, Logan is portrayed as very cynical, even by his usual standards.

This man vs. self conflict is displayed literally when X-24, a chemically grown younger Wolverine, fights the original Logan in glorious fashion.

At the end, X-24 is killed by the same bullet Logan was planning on killing himself with, ending the physical and mental battle with himself. After X-24 is killed, Logan experiences his last moments with Laura in a heart-wrenching scene. In that moment, he displays how he is finally at peace, even in leaving his newfound daughter.

Speaking of Laura, Keen does an amazing job playing Laura in her debut in movies in general. She doesn’t have many lines in the film itself and does so much with her facial expressions. With the few lines that she has, they hit the audience in an emotional and impactful way.

Another fantastic aspect of this film is the chemistry between Jackman and Stewart. It’s so effortlessly done, with a back and forth that is very entertaining.

The pair has been portraying their characters together since the X-Men movie franchise started, and the audience could feel the old friendship between the two aging men in the movie.

The pace of the story might seem a little bit slow at times, with a run time of 2 hours and 21 minutes. However, all of the time is used in an efficient way and nothing is excessive or seemingly left out.

Everything that is said and done has a purpose and a reason behind it adding onto the plot of the story or development of the character.

All and all, the movie earns its 10 out of 10 rating with amazing effects, excellent themes and with great performances to send off the character of Logan.

 

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