Our Review: Logan [Spoiler Free]
Movies generally don’t phase me in a deeply emotional way. I may laugh, or feel some form of emotional connection to a movie, but as far as a deep tie, connecting me in a vivid and impassioned approach, few have. Fewer still from a fiction film.
“Logan” is the conclusion of the tale of The Wolverine from “The X-Men” movie franchise. I’ll avoid spoilers.
The movie provides a rare glimpse into the mindset and soul of a character created from comic books, in a setting that is slightly futuristic, but not in the regular dystopian end-of-the-world way that so many movies approach sci-fi and fantasy. The film created an atmosphere of finality that I can’t remember witnessing before.
There’s little doubt it’s the greatest movie of its kind. “Guardians of the Galaxy” was a great comic book movie. “Days of Future Past” and “First Class” were great comic book movies, but “Logan” was a life changing movie in a broader classification than what viewers may have even expected.
The violence of the film captured the callousness of a war weary character, tired from years of killing and what he had witnessed, closed off from the world he had inhabited and the friends he’d already lost.
The newcomer to the X-Men franchise, X-23/Laura, played by Dafne Keen gave seasoned stars a clinic on how to act through expressive behavior and use of her eyes. The range she offered was nothing short of mastery. I’m seldom a fan of child actors, but Keen shines like no one else.
Patrick Stewart, with the artfulness and legacy he’s built through a lifetime career, has never been better. Every ounce of Stewart’s passion for his profession was in this film. His performance will fill your spirit while draining your soul.
The movie is “R” rated, deservedly so. It has to be, to tell the story with the vision and conscience, courage and heart, that it needs. The violence is overwhelming and you feel every blow. The language is strong, yet you taste every word. There’s not a moment you can look away, but there are moments you wish you could.
The director, James Mangold, will be releasing a black & white version out, once the film leaves theaters. The life of the film will provide enough color within itself, as every character, every line, every scene delivers a vibrant tone that only great films can claim.
“Logan” is in theaters now, with production by Donners’ Company, Kinberg Genre, Marvel Entertainment, TSG Entertainment and Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation. Run time 137 minutes.