WARNING: This Post Contains Spoilers!
DISCLAIMER: This Post is Solely My Opinion. Wolverine/Logan and all other characters are property of FOX and Marvel Entertainment.
On March 3rd 2017 Logan opened in theatres nationwide, and has quickly become the most successful solo Wolverine film to date, as well as one of the most successful X-Men films in the domestic box office joining the likes of Deadpool and Days of Futures Past. Today we will take a look at the film to see if it holds up after all.
I’ll go ahead and get the negatives out of the way first. One thing that really bugged me about the film was the stereotypical and somewhat racist undertones the film had at times. In the very beginning of the film Logan is confronted and gets into a fight with a group of Hispanic gangsters, because of course when you are in a town in Texas that is near the border the criminals have to be Hispanic. I will give the film credit for trying to balance things out by having this incarnation of X-23 aka Laura being half Hispanic herself, and they do have some jerky white rednecks for Logan to intimidate/beat down later on, but that still doesn’t negate the sour taste in my mouth the opening scene left. It also doesn’t help that when Logan’s evil clone X-24 is sent to kill Charles Xavier the innocent African American family that Logan and co were spending the night with basically become cannon fodder as the monster kills them off one by one. And then there’s the fact that Charles Xavier himself is killed off in a very anticlimactic way which is kind of disrespectful to a character so important. So yea, between all the pointless death and pseudo racism, even if it was unintentional Logan does have some elements that leave a sour taste in one’s mouth.
On the positive side however, I will say the overall script of the film is solid, the story is basically a western with superheroes, we see Logan as a grizzled old man taking one last job to try to get his daughter to the Canadian border so she can meet up with other young mutants and find sanctuary, all the while being tracked by a group of mercenaries, evil scientists and an evil clone. Hugh Jackman also gives one of his best performances in the role yet, we see a more vulnerable and more human Wolverine who is still just as stubborn as ever despite the Adamantium in his body slowly killing him due to his healing factor slowing down to a crawl. We also see him doing his best to keep Charles Xavier, who seems to be suffering from strokes that make his psychic powers go crazy, alive and well. Throughout the film there are many emotional moments both large and subtle that really help you sympathize with Logan despite his jerky attitude as well as constantly rooting for Laura, Logan and Charles to make it through, even though you know by the end of it at least one of them won’t. The film has just the right amount of action, dark humor, drama and heart tugging moments to keep you engaged with the story, and as things escalate by the time you get to the end you get a genuinely satisfying fight scene with Logan and the kids fighting all the forces that have set out against them, which ends with a tear jerking moment between Logan and Laura.
In terms of technical aspects of the films, as it doesn’t have to be as overly dependent on computer generated special effects as other superhero films, we get a more down to earth and organic feel from the story, and the music, sound, pacing and cinematography all blend together perfectly to hit all the queues as needed. The only real nitpick one could have is that like with many modern action films it can be a bit overly dependent on explosions at times. Modern Hollywood’s obsession with destruction aside though, the film looks, sounds and runs smoothly from act to act.
So yes, even though Logan is rough around the edges in some spots it is a genuinely well written and well executed film. It is a strong last hurrah for Hugh Jackman’s portrayal of the character, and for the most part genuinely deserves the praise it receives. If you haven’t seen it yet I would definitely recommend doing so.