Overall Rating: 5/5
March 3, 2017
Dir. James Mangold
Rated R (for strong brutal violence and language throughout, and for brief nudity)
Yes, Logan, is really violent. And yes, it’s over-the-top. But damn…this is a good movie.
Beneath the bloody surface emerges a modern Western of sorts, which has one of the best stories and scripts to ever have belonged to any superhero film. Exploring very different genre and content territory than any of the previous X-Men films, this iteration of the titular Logan (also known as Wolverine) stands tall above the rest. Without citing specific details, I can say that this film got almost everything right. The story sets out to justify the violence and action witnessed in the film by adding an emotional weight to it, keeping it from being interpreted as silliness. The violence (while insane at times) feels, for the most part, intuitive from the moment the film begins, like any good Western. It may have you wondering how they ever used to make PG-13 films involving a man with hand-claws in the first place.
But this is not just a “Rated R” version of X-Men made to please more mature audiences. Logan sets out to tell a story of humanity (despite its mutant subjects) in a way that can be understood and enjoyed by even those unfamiliar with the X-Men world or uninterested in superhero films in general. It does so in such a natural way considering its heavy science fiction elements. It’s a great film in its own right which is a quality that other franchise films of all genres should be envious of.
Recommended for all, it’s the best “super powers” film I can remember seeing.