Movie Review: "Logan"

"Logan" is cinematically superb to any of the "X- Men" films done by Bryan Singer in both style and substance. Playing out like a Western road trip, what pushes this comic book movie past all the others is it's not crafted to BE a comic book movie. It has an organic feel and grittiness missing from the slicker and more CGI-enhanced "superhero ensemble" entries in the franchise.

In the near future, a weary Logan (Hugh Jackman) cares for an ailing Professor X (Patrick Stewart) in a hide out on the Mexican border. But Logan's attempts to hide from the world and his legacy are up-ended when a young mutant (Dafne Keen) arrives, being pursued by dark forces.

The film focuses on the only mutant anyone really cares about. Let's be honest, there's a reason why Wolverine shows up in every "X-Men" movie. His character, as played by the emotionally charged-yet-subdued Hugh Jackman, is the one that keeps bringing audiences back. Even when he only appears for five or ten minutes, it's the most memorable five or ten minutes of the film.

Although "Logan" is close to perfection, I still had one major gripe. The force behind Wolverine's nemesis in the film was a bit predictable. I really was hoping that they would take a more original route when the heavy or "weapon" used by the villain was introduced. I found the choice to be pretty cliche and unworthy of such a well-crafted movie.

"Logan" is rated R for violence and gore, profanity, nudity, and frightening and intense scenes. There are multiple sequences where Wolverine jams his claws through someone's head. A woman also flashes her breasts at one point, which was really unnecessary and added nothing to the story. I get that director James Mangold and Hugh Jackman wanted to make a brutal and no-nonsense R-rated Wolverine movie, but I can tell you from personal experience that the violence and gore will keep a lot of people from seeing the film.

"Logan" came out in theaters on March 3rd, 2017. It was directed by James Mangold ("The Wolverine," "Walk the Line"). The cast includes Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, Dafne Keen, Boyd Holbrook, Stephen Merchant, and Richard E. Grant. The running time is 141 minutes.

Rating: 3 and 1/2 out of 4 stars.

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