Logan's darker nature shouldn't tell other studios that all of their films need to copy the same aesthetic-goodness knows we don't need DC to see what will likely be the success of the film and decide that Wonder Woman needs more gore-but it should signal that audiences are ready for superhero films that go beyond what we've come to expect of them in term character exploration. Like Jacob Tremblay in Room, Keen plays her role with the confidence of a much more experienced actor, and I just can't wait to see what she does next - especially considering there's a chance that Laura might be getting her own spin-off, especially if the Fox execs want to make a more family-friendly sequel starring the young mutants featured in this film. Or more specifically, someone: James Mangold.
Embracing R-rated violence for the first time allows Jackman's Logan to unleash more brutality than in any of his previous films. With a runtime of 135 in total, the first 40 just set the stage for the character piece the movie ends up being. Laura, on the other hand, is a complete mute who can kill with little more than a flick of the wrist. That shot of Logan riddled with arrows still lingers in the edges of my memory.
Logan will hit theaters on March 3.
It's obvious from very early on that Logan is very sick and old. One that makes it hard to let go of Jackman's iconic take on the character. This is not a movie where we debate which side Magneto is on...finally.
While there is a lot less outlandishness than usual for the genre, Logan also uses up much of its best storytelling in the first act. It is, for sure, the Wolverine movie that lifelong X-Men, Marvel, and superhero fans have been waiting for Hugh Jackman to make - the "Holy Grail" feature we've routinely been promised, right before something like X-Men: "Origins - Wolverine shows up and disappoints". It all builds to a mostly satisfying oner, with Wolverine going full "Berserker Rage" to deliver wants fans have waited almost 20 years to see.
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Yes, the themes of X-Men are apparent but the hope is no longer shining brightly as it once did - but that's no reason to give up.
The superhero move is likely to be Hugh Jackman's final headline appearance in the long-running franchise, and it's lived up to its R-rating with both Logan and Professor Xavier explicitly swearing in the opening act. Hobbled with pain, drinking away those memories he can't toss aside, and growing sicker each day, this is a Wolverine that's basically unrecognizable. The film stars Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, Richard E. Grant, Boyd Holkbrook, Stephen Merchant, and introduces Dafne Keen.
That maturity gets help from the R-rating. Performance-wise, the film is on the money too. "I haven't done that yet", Stewart said.
It's also beautifully expansive, shifting between desert vistas and plains country and back again. I don't even see how the X-Men franchise can continue. And yes, there's a dab of Post-Apocalyptic George Miller in there too. But it is worth noting that this is, by far, the best Jackman has ever been in the role.
The third wheel along for the ride on this mutant sanctuary seeking road trip from hell is Laura (child actress Dafne Keen delivering a knockout debut performance) whose presence is viewed as a nuisance by Logan, whereas Xavier quickly takes to her as if he were the girl's grandfather. They don't pull any punches and it really gives their relationship weight. As one of the oldest members of the X-Men, some might think that Logan could be Stewart's goodbye. But even compared to other superhero slots we don't usually see the actual actors brought into the games like we do with Wolverine. "But maybe we were God's mistake". An oblique throwaway reference by Dr. Zander Rice to "My friend Donald in the States" can be read as either a stiffly constructed reference to Donald Pierce, a cyborg with a distinctly Southern accent involved in the mutant hunt, or The Donald himself, as a characterization of the particular brand of corporate evil Rice practices. Well, it's even more refreshing to watch.
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