IS “LOGAN” WORTH WATCHING? MOVIE REVIEW

Published on March 6th, 2017

The Death of LOGAN

By Anji Cross

March 4, 2017

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Hugh Jackman, Wolverine, put himself out there in a different way this weekend with the release of Logan the retired X-Men’s “animatism” enhanced super sleuth.  I really thought I was going to see some repackaged X-Men/superhero exploits.  Boy was I wrong. What delivered, however, was a serious drama-filled sober telling of Logan’s life after death.  This movie was definitely about death, death of the X-Men Order and extinction of the mutant species.

And what a dismal world it was. No superhero color blurring across the screen, it was as if several decades had passed and the entire mutant population with all their struggles (either integrating into society or going through great lengths to keep “the secret”) were a long gone decade old distant memory. There was only a mention of the “School of the Gifted,” there was no Halle Berry in redesigned paten leather jumper or updated white wig… Out of all the foundational themes that make X-Men familiar not one was presented in Logan. But that’s not to say that the difference wasn’t palatable or refreshing.  It was just… different.

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What we experience is Logan, the man, on a different level, flawed, aged and deteriorating before our eyes moment by moment.  It’s hard to watch a once highly virile, physically impervious immortal become old and brittle.  It seems that taking care of Exavior is his one reason for living, if that is what he’s doing.  This isn’t the first time he’s wanted to end it all but some last hurrah, a destiny is clutching at his heels – yet his pessimistic viewpoint shrouds his ability to feel anything beyond the whisky that fuels his desire to keep it pushing. Until one day. This is the day the plot finds Logan and weaves him into a “we desperately need a hero” Mad Max adventure that offers him, without his knowledge, a last chance for redemption.

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Xavier, Logan’s only connection to the past, takes on the role as a cantankerous and sometimes senilic father-figure.  Logan thinks that he is taking care of Xavier, but late we discover it is Xavier who is actually caring for Logan… with his headstrong, often angry Logan and destructive self. Exavier is really old has been prophesying the arrival of a young mutant, which Logan dismisses as a rambling side-effect of Xavier’s degenerative brain disorder.  But when Gabriella tracks down Logan and begs for his help to deliver her daughter Laura, played by Dafne Keen, to a comic book location called Eden – Logan is drawn into a murder, rescue, chase sequence that threatens to give him the death he hopes for.  Pierce, and his android enhanced team of bounty hunters will stop at nothing to retrieve Laura and the other genetically enhanced children assassins like her. The most interesting element of Logan, the movie, is the death that obviously occurs may actually be a new beginning.  

This was a very interesting adaptation possibly evolution of X-Men.  The action sequences were spotty but the gaps were filled with a sort of touching attempt to give Logan a “normal” family life.  Logan is a mix of Mad Max, Terminator I &II (Old Arnold fights New Arnold) and Bounty Hunter. I give it 4 stars.  

 

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