* some slight spoilers, but nothing too major.
omelightSo why did I wait for a few days to get this review for Logan up? #1 to wait for Deadpool 2 teaser to come out. #2 I have a life. A sad pathetic life that left busy enough that I didn't have time till now. #3 I had to go watch a Sam Peckinpah movie to make sure I wasn't dreaming that Logan director James Mangold somehow gene-spliced with Peckinpah cause goddamn did this feel something Peckinpah would do.
But before all that, I just want to ask you the reader. Did anyone of you go "WHAT DA FUCK?" the way they tricked us with the Deadpool 2 teaser? I mean seriously, a friend and I went to see the movie. We see the movie. We hear that nice relaxing Marco Beltrami theme from the Wolverine play. Suddenly, Deadpool. I was so boggled at the fact that I leaned over to said friend and asked him, "Did we walk into the right movie? Is this happening? We're seeing Logan right?" Totally wondrous surprise that took me unaware. I honestly wonder if anyone else was having that same type of feeling when it happened?
That said, and back to the point: what a damn good movie to close Hugh Jackman and Patrick Stewart's roles of Wolverine and Professor X that they've had for almost 20 years. Damn. 20 years of playing these characters in films and video games. That's an admirable feat, and damn do they end on a high note for both characters.
You'd think after the previous film, Logan would be at his lowest point? Nope. It's like Jackman and Mangold thought, "HA! We can take him to lower depths of moodiness and depression!" Not to mention it all come's full circle again to when Jackman began the role with 2000's X-Men.
Speaking of that, let's talk about the character who other than Logan himself is the center of the film, Laura aka X-23 and Dafne Keen holding her own with the two veteran actors. She doesn't utter a single word at times but makes up for that with her actions.
All this gushing on the movie, I digress there are faults to it. Namely two things. #1 The antagonists. Look, I loved Donald Pierce and Boyd Holbrook's slimy cocky performance as the cyborg. But like the previous film, the movie is weighted down by one too many antagonists going after Wolverine here, just like in The Wolverine that came before this one.
Pierce and his Reavers were good antagonists for the good portion their in the movie. It's just that they kind of lose their importance when the other antagonists show up. I mean Holbrook has a few good moments in the final act. But, the other villains were basically unnecessary and a criminal waste of actor Richard E. Grant. I mean, I loved how his arc ended, but his character deluded Pierce and felt unnecessary. I will confess they did a better job. But it just again leads me to my second problem.
The final act. I like the resolution all around at the end. Just that the final battle feels a tad rushed. I did like where all the characters ended up, and it made more sense than the Wolverine did with its final act (it helps again even wasted, Richard E. Grant can work with the thin material here, unlike Viper who was a vacuum of suckage. Ugh. I'm reminded is the worst comic villain of all time and the actress who portrayed her. I thought drunk enough cured this repression. THANKS, MOVIE!).
I like the resolution all around at the end. Just that the final battle feels a tad rushed. I did like where all the characters ended up, and it made more sense than the Wolverine did with its final act (it helps again even wasted, Richard E. Grant can work with the thin material here, unlike Viper who was a vacuum of suckage. Ugh. I'm reminded is the worst comic villain of all time and the actress who portrayed her. I thought drunk enough cured this repression. THANKS, MOVIE!).
Again, I digress. Logan succeeds where The Wolverine failed in telling a story even with the problems that hamper it down. The performances and the end direction more than makeup for it. Everyone in this film delivers their A game here and not a single performance in this film distracts you.
Plus, unless you watched the "uncut" version of the Wolverine. This is the first movie that feels like an actual true Wolverine movie. It holds nothing back when Logan or Laura goes claws out. Nor does it not shy away when the villains strike back. It's a gut punch when characters are taken out: good or bad. No character's end direction feels wasted here. You will be floored at the where this film goes with these characters. Which again, why I love it because it captures that modern gritty Western feel more because of it. This is a movie that just delivers what it sets out to give you. You'll not be annoyed by it, and you will be shocked in the direction the film goes. For that alone, you have to give this movie mad props for ending on such high a note.
That said, this still isn't my favorite X-Man movie, I still kind of enjoy X-Men: First Class and Deadpool a bit more. Still, this the best Wolverine movie we've gotten. Will we get more? Of course, we will. It's Hollywood. But for Hugh Jackman and Patrick Stewart? This is a damn fine high note to end on.
4.5 out of 5