Benz Eye View: Logan

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Logan

Pros: 

1.) The action in this film makes the previous X-Men movies look like child’s play, because it is brutal.  It is so brutal, the creators of Mortal Kombat might as well make him a playable DLC character in one of their games.  There is blood, decapitations, and so much slashing.  This film is not for the faint of heart, because they are serious with their R-rating.

2.) When I first heard of the title of this film, I thought it was stupid.  Why did the filmmakers call it Logan instead of something interesting like Wolverine: The Berserker Mutant?  After watching the film, I completely understand why.  The film gives out a solemn and depressing tone throughout its run-time, meaning it may be a superhero film, it does not feel like it.  There are action moments, but the scenes that stick out the most are the quiet moments.  It is best if you see it for yourself, but these moments are very appreciative and needed in a film like this.

3.) I do not need to tell you that the acting is fantastic when you have Patrick Stewart and Hugh Jackman return as Charles Xavier and Logan respectively.  However, the one actor that deserves the praise is Dafne Keen as Laura/X-23.  She works amazingly well alongside Hugh Jackman since they both play characters with deep issues.  Dafne Keen can be quiet yet scary, ferocious in battle, and friendly when she is calm.  The cast is practically perfect in this film.

 

Cons: 

1.) The film mentions that the X-Men are popular in this world through their own original comic books, and it feels a little out of place.  It is even used a few times to help track down a certain location that Logan and Laura are going, making it feel somewhat contrived.  The film should probably stick it to something else like old news articles saying how popular the X-Men are instead of the comic books.

2.) The filmmakers did say that they try to use little CG as possible, and they did well.  However, some of the CG they did use are a little obvious.  The most obvious one is many of the driving scenes where they shot in the car’s interiors, and there are obvious green screens outside the car.  Not really that bad, but considering the low amount of CG used, they could have done better.

3.) Remember, this film takes place in alternate timeline after X-Men: Days of the Future Past, and there are some things that are not fully explained.  The film takes place in 2029, and plenty of things have happened between X-Men: Days of the Future Past and Logan.  As a result, many backstories either have passing mentions or not explained.  It should not completely bother anyone unless you are really nitpicky.

Overall: 

Wolverine has been a popular character ever since his creation back in 1974.  When he appeared in X-Men back in 2000, he is the most interesting character over any of the other X-Men.  As a result, he had his own set of movies.  X-Men Origins: Wolverine was a terrible movie that not only insults Wolverine, but also Deadpool (which he thankfully got a better movie much later).  The Wolverine (which is directed by James Mangold) is all right, but ultimately forgettable.  The new Wolverine film, Logan (which is also directed by James Mangold) is not only the best Wolverine film to date, but also one of the best X-Men films to date.  I get the feeling this what Mangold wanted to make when he directed The Wolverine considering he directed 3:10 to Yuma, a film that feels somewhat similar to Logan.  It is bloody, quiet, depressing, bittersweet, and calm that are perfectly placed together in a film.  I do recommend it to everyone, even the people who have not seen any of the X-Men films.  It is a great film overall, and a farewell to Hugh Jackman as Wolverine.

9/10

So…since this is the last film for Hugh Jackman as Wolverine, can we finally have Wolverine be part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe?

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