An era definitely came to and end on Friday when Logan hit theaters. I will keep the spoilers to a minimum here in case any of you haven’t seen it. And if you haven’t seen it yet, what are you doing here? This is something you need to go see as soon as possible, because it is, without a doubt, one of the best comic book movies ever.
Now, the gold standard for comic book adaptations is The Dark Knight, and I don’t ever see that changing. That being said, Logan came pretty close in a few respects. The raw emotion of the movie was something that was way out of left field and was the driving force behind the movie. That is something that was wrong with the X-Men movies we generally do not like- X-Men Origins: Wolverine and X-Men: The Last Stand come to mind- isthat they do not have enough emotion behind them. Yes, effects are cool, especially in this universe where many of the characters have incredible powers. Yet, any old movie can have effects, and the comic book movies that leave impressions are the ones that convey emotion the best. The Dark Knight was phenomenal in this regard, but dare I say Logan is even better, simply because there’s not as many characters and they all did a great job of giving the movie the gravitas it needed to close out this chapter.
Speaking of the performances, Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, and all the others who we haven’t seen before brought their A-game. It will be sad to see them go, as they are part of our collective memory now, but they did it on their terms, didn’t let the characters get boring, and made sure that we the fans would be satisfied by their final outings. Fox needs to wait a while before they cast anyone else as Wolverine; I’d argue against it entirely, but they are trying to make money, and Wolverine will sell. Nobody else is as iconic in their superhero role now, and Jackman will be remembered as Wolverine forever. I’d like to say the same for Patrick Stewart, but in his three times playing Charles Xavier, James McAvoy brought the heat, especially in the appreciated-but-highly underrated X-Men: First Class.
The movie was a bloodbath from start to finish, not taking its R-rating for granted. For a movie so emotional, there is a ton of bloody, gory, glorious violence, and it really complements the emotion well. It looks incredibly bleak, which goes well with the story. the direction of the film was great; we knew what James Mangold could do after he did The Wolverine, but this movie took it to the next level. Oh, and the soundtrack was perfect. All those emotions were captured beautifully in the songs chosen. Not wanting to give too much away, because there’s a lot of surprises in the move, the ending was the best part. After all the movie’s events, we are left with this one scene that defines Jackman’s time as Wolverine, and personally, I thought it was executed flawlessly. Last impressions are as meaningful as first impressions, and if this is what we have to remember Logan and Wolverine by, we are very blessed indeed. In short, the movie was an absolutely perfect end to an iconic legacy.
Final grade for Logan: A+++++.
Back to business. What does this mean for the X-Men in film now that the anchor of the franchise is gone? Well, a few things. One, since they recast all the important X-Men last summer in Apocalypse, I think we’ll see a few movies with that young and talented cast. Hopefully Fox will smarten up and get someone other than Bryan Singer to direct; at this point his work is stale, and both us and the cast deserve better. Marvel and DC are always trying out new things (those things may not always work out, but giving them a shot is admirable) so Fox should try some as well, so long as those new things are thought out well and not a repeat of Fant4stic. If we can get one more film out of James McAvoy, Jennifer Lawrence, and Michael Fassbender- who all have bigger fish to fry in terms of the roles they get- with this newer cast that is not an origin story, the X-Men will have changed their course for the better and we can rest easy knowing that it is in good hands with this new generation. We need to see newer stories and different stories, because with Singer at the helm, we have simply seen all he can do.
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