Logan - Quickie Review


What's good

- Very down-to-earth, far less comicy and more realistic atmosphere
- Finally an R-rated Wolverine movie - and it definitely shows
- Great pacing and balance between action scenes and dramatic, emotional moments
- Very strong performances from Hugh Jackman and Patrick Stewart
- Overall a very impressive and moving final swan song for Hugh Jackman's Wolverine

It's hard to imagine a better final movie for Hugh Jackman as Wolverine.

What's bad

- The generally quite depressing atmosphere might prevent many viewers to view it a second time

"Hello darkness, my old friend. I've come to talk with you again..."


- Seeing how freakishly violent and gruesome it gets when Wolverine fights in an R-rated movie

There's a whole lot more where this comes from.

The Verdict

With Logan, director James Mangold easily delivered what can be considered "The Dark Knight" of 20th Century Fox's X-Men universe.
Though it is narratively not as closely connected to the previous X-Men films and can even be considered as somewhat of a standalone Wolverine movie, Logan is nevertheless the perfect swan song for actor Hugh Jackman's over 15-year-long career as the Wolverine character.
Unlike the usual superhero movie fare that we are used to nowadays, Logan never really feels like a superhero movie at all (aside for maybe when action scenes happen). While the movie nevertheless offers a nice balance between drama and action, the primary goal of the movie is to tell a very personal story of a broken man whose encounter with a little girl lets a final spark of hope light up inside of him that keeps him going and not give up to fight for what's right. In that regard, Logan's story has many parallels to Westerns like True Grit. It also doesn't hurt that every actor really gives it his all in this final outing for Wolverine with plenty of scenes that give especially Hugh Jackman and Patrick Stewart many opportunities to let their acting performances really shine.
With its much more seriously presented subject matter and gory R-rating, Logan is easily the darkest, dirtiest and grittiest X-Men movie to date. And even though its generally quite depressing and downbeat atmosphere might prevent it from many people re-watching it multiple times, it is hands down one of the most well crafted movies of the X-Men franchise to date.


Final Verdict: 9 out of 10

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