Monday, March 6, 2017

Movie Review #578: "Logan" (2017)

Movie"Logan"
Director: James Mangold
Rating: R
Running Time: 2 hours, 17 minutes
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In the year 2029, after most mutants have been wiped out, Logan and Professor Xavier must help a young mutant who has escaped a research facility get to safety across the Canadian border. 

"Logan" is written and directed by James Mangold, who has directed films such as "Walk the Line," "3:10 to Yuma," and "The Wolverine." Of course, being a "Wolverine" film, it stars Hugh Jackman for what is said to be his last time as the titular character of "Logan." Joining him is Patrick Stewart, who reprises his role as Charles Xavier, newcomer Dafne Keen, who plays Laura, the young mutant in need of help, and Boyd Holbrook as Pierce, the head of Transigen's cybernetically enhanced security team known as the Reavers. After Laura escapes from a Transigen research facility with the help of a nurse named Gabriela, played by Elizabeth Rodriguez, she seeks out Wolverine, who is one of the last living mutants, to assist Laura and get her to a safe haven over the border called Eden.

After 20th Century Fox's solid success with the R-rated comic book film "Kingsman: The Secret Service" and the phenomenal success they had with "Deadpool," we are so happy Fox decided to stick with this trend and make "Logan" R-rated. This allowed James Mangold and Hugh Jackman to really capture the spirit and attitude of an aged Wolverine, beaten down by life mentally, emotionally, and physically after his decades of hard fought battles. There is no hope left for Logan, grayed, older, grizzled, bruised and battered by a life on the run and at his wits end. It also allows the audience to fully witness the devastation and strength Wolverine is able to cause with his claws as he slices and dices his way through his enemies, tearing them to shreds and leaving little remaining. From the very first scene in this movie, the audience will know what kind of film they are in for as Wolverine takes no prisoners and lets no guilty deed go unpunished early on. Logan isn't the only one with claws here as Laura has her own set of adamantium blades. She also does her fair share of the slashing and severing of limbs in a badass display of survival. Professor X is also beaten and broken down, having gone through a horrible tragedy caused by his own hand (or brain, rather). Charles is kept sedated most of the time as he is suffering from severe neuro-degenerative disease, and the implications of this degeneration have had and continue to have ruinous effects.

This is not your typical comic book film. In fact, it's much more. This is a fantastic action movie with wonderful raw and gritty action sequences. Unlike most comic book films, there aren't huge set pieces or a ton of big CGI stunts. "Logan" is a much more intimate, deep, bare bones, stripped down kind of movie with hand-to-hand, close quarters fight scenes that mirror this sentiment. Beyond the action, there is a great story with a well put together narrative that really draws us in and keeps us there from start to finish. Mangold brings out the more emotional aspects of this character in a story of loss, survival, regret, family, and redemption as Logan has become a shell of his former self. When watching the events unfold on screen, we felt the excitement deep down in our gut watching Logan and Laura kick ass, take names, and literally tear into people in devastating fashion, but we were also weight down by the profound sadness we felt during certain aspects, which was completely unexpected. Tears welled up in our eyes more than once, which is not uncommon for 1/2 of the Lolo Loves Films team watching any given movie, but this movie feels finite, complete, something we have wanted to see for a very long time and never thought we would. This is how we should feel watching movies, and this is how movies should be made.

We honestly went to "Logan" with tempered expectations, hoping it would be good, but not getting our hopes up just in case. Not only is this film great, but it is stupendous, and it may even our favorite film in the entire X-Men series. If this is truly the last time we see Hugh Jackman and Patrick Stewart as these characters in this franchise, we thank them for their years of dedication and service to these important, prominent characters, and hope they get the proper recognition they deserve come Oscars season next year.


My Rating: 9/10
BigJ's Rating: 9/10
IMDB's Rating: ~8.7/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: ~92%
Do we recommend this movie: ABSOLUTELY YES!!!

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