March 9, 2017
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After years of mockery, X-men fans finally have a card to play. And not just any normal card, one of those +4 wild cards in UNO that can be played at any time and can always beat your opponent. Logan proves to the whole comic book movie universe that a movie adaption can actually own up to its comics. At least for this one, audiences were shown that superhero movies aren’t just for high budget and low brain power blockbusters with the same four plotlines.
X-men has always been about portraying the dark themes of society in a containable and understandable format. With Logan, these themes have been brought up in a way that is less Hollywood and more Wolverine. It moved up to an R rating this time, and with its move up the plot got even better. I usually hate gore, but was basically jumping up and down and fist pumping the whole two and a half hours.
Logan is the last continuation of Wolverine’s story, and the last movie featuring Hugh Jackman and Sir Patrick Stewart. It takes place in 2029, all of the mutants are gone, and Logan lives in a desolate Mexican shack with Xavier. These heroes aren’t heroes anymore; Xavier is suffering from Alzheimer’s (a debilitating brain disease in the world’s most powerful brain, imagine the horrific effects) and Logan is no longer healing, is in constant pain, and almost can’t fight anyone anymore because of his aging. The intense juxtaposition between the normal characters and these ones is intense. Xavier, the intellectual and almost pretentious goody-two-shoes, is going crazy and chanting old jingles and advertisements, and Logan, the rage-filled monster and lone wolf, is getting beaten up, drives a limousine to get money, and is living however he can to help Xavier. Logan plans to buy a boat and live the rest of their lives on the open sea, but those plans are disrupted with the entrance of a little girl. This eleven year old girl is the clone of Logan, with the claws and everything. The corporation that created her is after her, trying to capture and kill her, Charles Xavier (still a goody-two-shoes) decides that their little team is going to lend a hand.
As an X-men fan, I was crying from five minutes in and didn’t stop until 30 minutes after the movie was over. The themes of the film relate to the real world: immigration issues, the question of how far science can go, and the situation of America’s current government. Even the complexities of human trafficking are brought up during the movie. The comic book adaptation is truly from the comic books, it is an actual real life story with human struggles, and it is a deserved end to the Hugh Jackman Wolverine we’ve had for 17 years. I loved this movie, so much that I refuse to spoil any details about it. The dark themes and finality of Old Logan were represented in perfect fashion, and the actors’ last ride as the fan-loved characters closed a door, but opened a new one with new opportunities for the franchise.