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Review: Logan

Logan
02.17.2017
8 10

PLOT: In a near-future where mutants are mostly extinct, an aging Logan (Hugh Jackman) ekes out a living as a chauffeur under an assumed identity. He uses most of his money to buy much-needed illegal meds for Charles Xavier (Patrick Stewart), whose abilities, mixed with his encroaching dementia, have made him unstable and dangerous to be around. When a young woman offers Logan a big pay-day to protect a child, he takes the job, only to realize the young girl has powers of her own that rival his, and that there are forces out there bent on harnessing her power for themselves.

REVIEW: People have been clamoring for an R-rated Wolverine movie from the first time Hugh Jackman popped the claws seventeen years ago. While there have been tiny tastes of a balls-out solo movie, notably through the unrated director’s cut of THE WOLVERINE, it’s taken eight films to finally give the fans what they want. Has it been worth the wait? Absolutely!

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Right from the start, it’s clear director James Mangold isn’t fooling around, with Logan saying “oh f**k,” being the first line of dialogue, followed by a very violent scrap with some carjackers that ends with missing limbs and horribly mutilated bad guys. What would happen to a body if a man with massive claws attacked it? You find out here, with Wolverine’s victims looking like they met Freddy Krueger in a nightmare.

This is the Wolverine film Jackman has said he wanted to make for years, and an unapologetically adult entry into the superhero genre, far more violent than DEADPOOL or even the recent JOHN WICK movies. The wounds are graphic and the body count is huge – and not all the victims are baddies. This is a dark new world that Logan inhabits and we see it in a no holds barred way.

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If indeed this is Jackman’s last time as Logan, he’s chosen a fine swan song, with this ranking as his best performance to date in the role. He’s like an animal here, although in a concession to the character’s mortality the physique has been suitably toned down. Jackman throws himself into the action scenes, but also makes the most of Mangold’s elegiac approach. Very much a modern western, Mangold’s intentions are clear from the way he uses George Stevens’s SHANE as a guide, with Patrick Stewart’s Xavier and Dafne Keen’s X-23 watching it in a hotel room with episodes from the film being recreated in the middle section.

It’s actually this part of the film, as Logan, X-23, and Xavier hit the road, when LOGAN is at its best, with a violent episode in Vegas and a terrific chapter involving a family (led by E.R’s Eriq La Salle) among the highlights. Anyone who might have worried that Logan being paired up with a child would mean it would be watered down should think again. Keen’s X-23 is ferocious in her own right, being unable to control her abilities, acting animal-like and chalking up many gruesome kills.

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Like Jackman, Stewart also gets some good material to chew on, with Xavier being on-the-edge throughout and on the verge of losing his mind. A broken man who curses constantly, Stewart sinks his teeth into the part, while also hinting at mysteries that could be resolved in future X-Men movies taking place between the DAYS OF FUTURE PAST finale and this. My only issues with LOGAN are that the third act feels anti-climactic, while the villains are, as usual, nowhere near as interesting as the heroes, with Boyd Holbrook’s Donald Pierce and the Reavers being anonymous fodder for Wolverine’s claws and Richard E. Grant’s Zander Rice too much of a non-entity. Outside of the core trio, Stephen Merchant, atypically serious, fares well as the tortured Caliban, who emerges as a really intriguing side character.

It’s tough to imagine X-MEN fans not being ecstatic for how Mangold, after an uneven THE WOLVERINE, has managed to make the spin-off we’ve hoped for since the announcement of X-MEN ORIGINS: WOLVERINE, which is now, thankfully, a distant memory. It’s not unlike his own 3:10 TO YUMA in how character and action are mixed, and how the Western genre is explored, even if we have cars instead of horses. Even Marco Beltrami’s score plays homage to the genre, although he also incorporates some freaky piano riffs to give it an unusual feel that works well with the film. It’s the superhero movie we’ve been waiting for, in that finally it’s something totally different. Make no mistake, this is even more radical than DEADPOOL and hopefully a film that will pave the way for riskier superhero films moving forward.

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Extra Tidbit: No end credit surprise on the version I saw. Also - if you liked this check out SHANE!
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5:26PM on 02/25/2017
After Bumbgay gave ghostbuster an 8 or 9 or whatever, I cant take this guy seriously anymore
After Bumbgay gave ghostbuster an 8 or 9 or whatever, I cant take this guy seriously anymore
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2:45PM on 02/22/2017

Sounds interesting as hell...but...

So its good because its not a comic book movie? Im sure there's tons of blood and curse words, but I'd love to see a Wolverine movie that isn't afraid to embrace its comic book nature and really give us that Wolverine we know and love from the comics. Sure this is a "more" adult serious version, and I'm sure its cool as fuck, but I'd love to see that yellow suit on Wolverine some day, perhaps in a less "adult" serious film. I'd love a more comic bookish version of Wolverine, perhaps with the
So its good because its not a comic book movie? Im sure there's tons of blood and curse words, but I'd love to see a Wolverine movie that isn't afraid to embrace its comic book nature and really give us that Wolverine we know and love from the comics. Sure this is a "more" adult serious version, and I'm sure its cool as fuck, but I'd love to see that yellow suit on Wolverine some day, perhaps in a less "adult" serious film. I'd love a more comic bookish version of Wolverine, perhaps with the next director and story arch they choose. Can't wait to see this one though!
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6:57AM on 02/20/2017
8/10 is good enough for me. Looks like Wolverine is going out with a bang.
8/10 is good enough for me. Looks like Wolverine is going out with a bang.
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12:28PM on 02/18/2017
Good to hear but this review reads like a 9 or 10. Anyways excited to see it
Good to hear but this review reads like a 9 or 10. Anyways excited to see it
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4:53AM on 02/18/2017
Hmmm 3rd act syndrome again!
I just hope it explains what has happened the mutants in the days between when this is set and DOFP ending as DOFP seems almost irrelevant now. Sometimes it feels like the Wolverine films don't connect with Singers versions. Disappointed Holbrook is given much to do by the sounds of this - he was awesome in Narco's
Clearly Logan doesn't die in this film and that to me is where the 3rd act could have been solved, not brace enough to tackle the real subjects and
Hmmm 3rd act syndrome again!
I just hope it explains what has happened the mutants in the days between when this is set and DOFP ending as DOFP seems almost irrelevant now. Sometimes it feels like the Wolverine films don't connect with Singers versions. Disappointed Holbrook is given much to do by the sounds of this - he was awesome in Narco's
Clearly Logan doesn't die in this film and that to me is where the 3rd act could have been solved, not brace enough to tackle the real subjects and kill off characters - same problem Civil War had when it comes to emotional arc
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8:40AM on 02/19/2017
Does it really need to explain what happened to mutants between DOFP and now? I mean beast even said to Xavier in that movie, "There’s a theory in quantum physics that time is immutable. It’s like a river — you can throw a pebble in and create a ripple, but the current always corrects itself. No matter what you do the river just keeps flowing in the same direction." Doesn't that kind of prove Beasts theory that yes you may change this timeline but a new timeline with practically have the
Does it really need to explain what happened to mutants between DOFP and now? I mean beast even said to Xavier in that movie, "There’s a theory in quantum physics that time is immutable. It’s like a river — you can throw a pebble in and create a ripple, but the current always corrects itself. No matter what you do the river just keeps flowing in the same direction." Doesn't that kind of prove Beasts theory that yes you may change this timeline but a new timeline with practically have the same outcome on mutants?
1:58PM on 02/19/2017
I guess it just feels like DOFP was such a waste and for getting Famke Jansen and James Marsden back was just a little hollow now - I'd have rather seen a follow up to DOFP with the old x-men gang. I still prefer McKellen and Stewart as Magneto and Xavier
I guess it just feels like DOFP was such a waste and for getting Famke Jansen and James Marsden back was just a little hollow now - I'd have rather seen a follow up to DOFP with the old x-men gang. I still prefer McKellen and Stewart as Magneto and Xavier
9:26PM on 02/17/2017

GREAT REVIEW!

I have to say, this maybe the film I feared most of letting me down. Even though I loved The Wolverine unrated extended cut, third act and all. But all the teasers and trailers and every single other bits of Logan from Jackman and Mangold made it without a doubt my most anticipated movie of the year, and by that the biggest risk of disappointment. Thankfully, and with a huge relief, looks like that won't be the case and it will hopefully deliver as much (or even more) as it was promised.

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I have to say, this maybe the film I feared most of letting me down. Even though I loved The Wolverine unrated extended cut, third act and all. But all the teasers and trailers and every single other bits of Logan from Jackman and Mangold made it without a doubt my most anticipated movie of the year, and by that the biggest risk of disappointment. Thankfully, and with a huge relief, looks like that won't be the case and it will hopefully deliver as much (or even more) as it was promised.

By the way, maybe its just me, but the review reads much more like a 9/10 than an 8/10.
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11:52PM on 02/17/2017
I agree, I thought the review made it seem like a 9/10. I have a feeling the "anti-climactic third act" is what dropped it to an 8, but going into too much detail there would have given. too much of the story away.

Either way, all the good buzz I'm hearing will get me to the theatre when it comes out.
I agree, I thought the review made it seem like a 9/10. I have a feeling the "anti-climactic third act" is what dropped it to an 8, but going into too much detail there would have given. too much of the story away.

Either way, all the good buzz I'm hearing will get me to the theatre when it comes out.
6:38PM on 02/18/2017
in the video review he gives it a strong 8 which is a fart down from a 9, so ya probably the anti climactic 3rd a ct.
in the video review he gives it a strong 8 which is a fart down from a 9, so ya probably the anti climactic 3rd a ct.
7:06PM on 02/17/2017
I can't say the trailers did anything to excite me at all. I REALLY want to like this film but it looks joyless. I know that's probably the point but the other films were fun. This does not look like fun or watch or even entertaining. I'll see it but I'm not too thrilled.
I can't say the trailers did anything to excite me at all. I REALLY want to like this film but it looks joyless. I know that's probably the point but the other films were fun. This does not look like fun or watch or even entertaining. I'll see it but I'm not too thrilled.
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6:16PM on 02/17/2017
Really happy to read the positive review and that this is the Wolverine film we've all been waiting for while also having Jackman's finest performance as Wolverine. I have a feeling if this really blows people away the way it should (hopefully), then this won't be the last time we see Jackman in the role as Logan. Really hoping he'll don the claws once more for a Deadpool sequel and give us the fight between the two that we should have gotten in Origins: Wolverine.

But in terms of comic
Really happy to read the positive review and that this is the Wolverine film we've all been waiting for while also having Jackman's finest performance as Wolverine. I have a feeling if this really blows people away the way it should (hopefully), then this won't be the last time we see Jackman in the role as Logan. Really hoping he'll don the claws once more for a Deadpool sequel and give us the fight between the two that we should have gotten in Origins: Wolverine.

But in terms of comic book films, this is tied with Guardians 2, and Justice League.
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5:51PM on 02/17/2017

Same score he gave

Ghostbusters!

I can't wait to see a movie that was on par with that great film!
Ghostbusters!

I can't wait to see a movie that was on par with that great film!
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12:19AM on 02/18/2017
Geez. I didn't like the movie but a lot of people I know did liked it. I'm sure there are plenty of other score from critics you didn't agree with. What's your fascination with this movie?
Geez. I didn't like the movie but a lot of people I know did liked it. I'm sure there are plenty of other score from critics you didn't agree with. What's your fascination with this movie?
1:37PM on 02/18/2017
The editing is not working!!!
The editing is not working!!!
5:51PM on 02/17/2017
Cool!
Cool!
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5:18PM on 02/17/2017
Sounds great and I can't wait. My only worry is that this may not be a financial bomb (no big explosions, not offbeat/fun like deadpool - and also hasn't had the marketing DP had - and I can't imagine it doing great overseas). I'm glad they aren't watering the character down to get non-Wolverine fans to show, but I hope this films possible financial problems don't scare away studios from doing unique comic book films. The budget can't be too high tho
Sounds great and I can't wait. My only worry is that this may not be a financial bomb (no big explosions, not offbeat/fun like deadpool - and also hasn't had the marketing DP had - and I can't imagine it doing great overseas). I'm glad they aren't watering the character down to get non-Wolverine fans to show, but I hope this films possible financial problems don't scare away studios from doing unique comic book films. The budget can't be too high tho
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4:54PM on 02/17/2017

8/10 from Chris...

... is more than good for me. I bet they left end credit sequence for March 3 release ...
... is more than good for me. I bet they left end credit sequence for March 3 release ...
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4:39PM on 02/17/2017
Can't wait. Sounds good. Although I give two shits if they cuss in a movie, and Wolverine saying fuck is not what I have been hoping for, it is full on berserker mode cutting people up I've wanted all along. And it sounds like I got it.
Can't wait. Sounds good. Although I give two shits if they cuss in a movie, and Wolverine saying fuck is not what I have been hoping for, it is full on berserker mode cutting people up I've wanted all along. And it sounds like I got it.
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