Gritty and unforgiving, yet also movingly thoughtful, Logan is the dark X-Men movie fans have waited too long for.
To be honest, I didn’t look forward to Logan. While I agree that Hugh Jackman did a phenomenal job portraying Mr. Adamantium bones over the years, the character himself never appealed to me. Wolverine simply felt too gruffly, too feral to be likeable. There were also so many other X-Men with way more fascinating powers. Given a choice, I would have preferred a Gambit movie rather than another Wolverine one. I felt enough have been said about Project X.
Because of that, I walked into the cinema without much enthusiasm. And oh gosh, was I blown away. This is one of those movies you know within five minutes of viewing that you are going to love for a long, long time. Everything just feels right. From the lighting, to the camera direction, to the story flow, and especially the unflinching violence. Central to everything is also Jackman and Stewart delivering their finest X-Men performances. Deliveries stripped of any political correctness or screen glamour, and focused purely on the grim reality the story insists you must know. This is the Wolverine and Professor X at their worst. Correspondingly, this is also them at their most human and most moving. Certainly, at their most beautiful too.
Without a doubt, Logan is the finest X-Men movie made to date. This is The Dark Knight Rises equivalent for Marvel. In my opinion, there is no better swansong for Hugh Jackman’s, and possibly Patrick Stewart’s, X-Men journeys.
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