Logan – Review by FattyCatOn March 13, 2017 by HungryOwl
Logan is a good film. No, it is a great film. A perfect way to end one of the best superhero franchises ever made.
It is also depressing as hell. With a big fat spoiler alert: Logan dies. This was expected given how its the end of the series, but still….The deaths continue unfortunately. Several characters die along the way, some you expect, some are a shock.
Logan starts out as a very old battered looking man, which considering he is probably around 800 years old is not a shock. What is a shock is just how aged he looks. White/Grey hair, a body covered with scars and a face that seems weathered. The way he acts is just tired, and full credit goes to Hugh Jackman for his depiction of the hero. As grumpy as always, Logan is joined by Professor X who has also declined with age, so much that he needs regular medication to stop his mind and psychic abilities from destroying everyone around him.They are inevitably pursued by Donald Pierce, leader of the militant Reavers, who want the little girl, Laura for her mutant properties. There are some nice moments of humour between Logan and Professor X that brighten the mood but overall I found it really hard work. Not hard in the sense of boring, far from it, just its melancholic tone. It isn’t a film to watch if you feel a bit low, or have just got fired for instance.
The director and effects team did a great job on the fight scenes with Logan, the splatter of blood as Logan slices his way through the bad guys is as visceral as it gets. The young girl that plays his daughter (a bit of a spoiler but obvious when you see she has adamnatium claws) is mute for the first half of the film, but managed to give a convincing performance which is hard for a non speaking part. Second half she talks, a mixture of Spanglish and it leads to an incredible final few scenes where honestly I was feeling that lump in my throat as Logan’s hard shell is finally cracked in his final moments.
You should see it because visually and viscerally it is a great film. Just take the tissues!