“Logan” Review: A bittersweet farewell to Wolverine

If you’re looking for a dark and gritty superhero film that hasn’t yet been provided for comic book fans, then Logan is the film for you.

Following Deadpool in the line of Rated-R comic book films, “Logan” most definitely delivers. It captures the idea of realism, which is hard to do with comic book films. Even though previous superhero flicks are enjoyable to watch and some have become our favorite movies of all time, they don’t provide a realistic worldview for the viewer.

The idea of an adamantium infused old man with claws who rages around the country is highly unrealistic, but “Logan” brings the tone down to our level.

People die. Not everything about life is sunshine and butterflies, as the Avengers and affiliated films often put it.

The film was Rated-R simply because of the Wolverine’s hashing, slashing, stabbing and cutting throughout the film. Guts are flying and heads are frequently rolling. The idea of depression and suicide is met with scenes of abused children as well.

Professor X is clearly haunted by his past mistakes and Logan is on the brink of life, a man who wonders what it’s like to die.

Although there is major appreciation for the Rated-R film, the language was clearly forced. The first words of the script were literally an F-bomb coming from Hugh Jackman’s lips, and then everyone else’s constantly. But nobody actually talks like that. Yes, people use profane language, but “Logan” seemed a bit unnatural.

The highlight of the film, however, was the bond between Logan and the new mutant Laura. While Logan is a now shadow of his former self, the film shows us what it’s like when an old dog is introduced to a new puppy. The relationship he forms with Laura basically makes the film and provides a way for the viewer to empathize with Logan.

What was most interesting was the worldview both Professor X and Logan held in the film. X-men comics were repeatedly shown, and yet Logan scoffed at them, giving us reason to believe that the previous X-men films were highly exaggerated story telling.

“Maybe a quarter of it happened, and not like this,” Logan says.

We now have to ask ourselves if the previous films were just flashy storytelling or if they actually happened as they did. Logan definitely didn’t think they were accurate. Professor X, compared to Logan, still holds a vast amount of hope though. The stereotypical ideals of what it means to be a superhero are thrown out into the dialogue, but Logan slashes them down again and again.

The viewer is left with an adrenaline packed amount of questions at the end of the film. Despite its ending and this being Hugh Jackman’s last Wolverine movie, it leaves us wondering what’s next. How does “Logan” fit into the timeline and dynamic of the Marvel films? Will there be a Wolverine in the next X-men film? How will Marvel top this? Nonetheless “Logan” is a must see.

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