Logan Movie Review & Film Discussion

Written by Dean Yap

Hugh Jackman...

Did Logan Really Die?

There will not be spoilers not to worry. I hate spoilers, it's bad. Set in 2029, most of our favorite mutants are already dead because of some sickening virus created by a malevolent agency. This film is so dark and gritty. I love how James Logan has a full-time job now. Wolverine drives a dirty limo to earn his income as a chauffeur, and hustle on drugs to supplement his income. Who will think a cage fighter is now driver? 

He used to be such a fighter...

Now he decides to join Uber...

 

Some backstory...

Now he lives on the border of Mexico, with his best buddy and mentor, Professor Charles Xavier, along with the repulsive looking albino mutant, Caliban. Oh! Xavier is sick. He suffers from a brain disease that is close to dementia, which makes him a horrible threat at times. When he suddenly loses his memory, this old man unleashes his telepathic abilities, resulted in a pandemonium, which causes humans nearby to be affected. One rainy day at a funeral, a creepy nurse approaches Logan for a mission to escort a little 11-year-old child, Laura, to an unknown place call,"Eden". Logan is lazy and decides not to be a hero.

 

Characters

It's not surprising that Logan is the new Dark Knight, Hugh Jackman performance is stellar. He pushed the character of Wolverine to another level. This dark tale of Logan shows Wolverine lack of purpose in this nihilistic world. He exhibits strong human traits that it's extremely relatable. How many of us actually have a clear direction of where we want to go in life? Most of us are like Wolverine stuck in a shitty job we dread and drift through life as it is. Logan actually has characters which we relate, care about. It's not just a super-hero movie motivated by computer generated imagery.

Patrick Steward, it's such a sentimental old man. He also quite sweet, sensitive and emotional. Sure he has a memory flaw, but he makes such a great ally, and mentor to Wolverine still. At times when Logan is lacking direction, Professor X sometimes plays as a fatherly figure to support his child. Sometimes, he reminds me of a nice grandfather who gives sage advice.  In contrast to Logan, who is jaded, and bitter.

Professor X is so old...

Laura...

Oh! what about Laura? Throughout the film, this child is such a mute. She shows her character only through her action but never uttering a single language from her lips. Apparently, Professor X relationship with Laura it's so cute, he is basically playing as a grandfather to this child. Laura exhibit, mutant abilities that are close to Logan. However, the credibility of Laura fighting with adults is questionable. Who will think that an 11-year old kid can be slashing bad guys effortlessly? Logan portrayal of Laura's fatherly figure proves to be a love-hate relationship. This is often seen among different families when a daughter hates her father nagging but loves him. 

Violence

The violence in Logan is immense. Brutality is no longer the same as the older X-men films when mutants fight in a way that is suitable for your kid in the pram. It's a superhero movie for adults. Take this disgusting example, for instance, there are heads being sliced off from body parts. Similarly, human jaw's being stabbed by adamantium claws. I love the violence in Logan, but at times, its over-glorified in order to increase its shock value. Unlike Martin Scorsese,"Goodfellas", the excessive violence does not have any function in the story or highlights how violence motivates the characters to make certain decisions. Narrow-minded people might be offended by the graphical representation of some scene, but who cares.

Nice adamantium claws...

Sands, sands, and more sands! Instead of horses, there are sedans.The cinematography in this film is pristine. There is a lot of depth in every frame. Director Of Photography John Mathieson, having photographed the historical film epic, "Gladiator", does prove to have influences on this film look. The color tone it's sometimes reminiscent of a western movie such as "The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly". Similarly, the director, James Mangold, indicated, that Logan does not necessary look like a comic book. However, Film-Noir, Classical Hollywood Filmmaking techniques ( Alfred Hitchcock, Orsen Welles, John Ford), German Expressionism had a great influence on this movie. 

Warms tones everywhere...

Themes Of Death:

Everyone develops that horrifying wrinkles on their forehead. Black hairs become disgustingly gray. Nobody maintains a fair and beautiful skin forever. Sometimes, this movie reminds me about the futility of permanence. Professor X is past 60 years old. Remember, when the younger Wolverine fights the bad boys like a young bad ass and kisses Jean Grey? When the young boy's gang changes to an old men club, mid-life crisis occur, depression, regrets, remorse becomes rampant. After this period, death becomes clearer. The theme of death is discussed in this film.

Sometimes this film offers a philosophical outlook on us human beings. The Mutants in the X-Men Universe is a reflection of who we are as human beings. People with intelligence, talents, skills, and adaptability. From doctors, accountants, businessman, politicians, scientists, inventors, authors, and any human that contributes some form of value to society are worthy to be metaphorically a "mutant". Each of us has different gifts, thus, we utilize our strength to that prove our existence has some form of meaning. However, what is the point of having a flair when eventually, all human beings have to face their inevitable demise?

Wolverine the Undertaker...

Overall, "Logan" is so far one of the best superhero movies of 2017. It's visceral, disgustingly good, and tells a compelling story which I can relate personally. Most superhero movies start with a strong antagonist, and ultimately the good guy wins in the climax. This over-used convention is seen over and over again. Sometimes, this film feels almost like a road movie. Nonetheless, it's satisfying at a gut level. If you are looking for a good human story, extremely violent kick-ass fight scenes and frenzy car chases, "Logan" will fulfill your deepest needs. Oh, please also hold your pee, the film is 137 minutes(2hr 17mins), longer than the usual 120 mins.

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