Movie Review: Logan (2017)
When I hear iconic names like Deadpool, Doctor Strange, or Spiderman, I’m immediately drawn to a plot that revolves around a masked/caped vigilante of justice, incorporates immensely high production standards, includes at least eight recognized actors, probably involves Michael Bay and a cameo from Stan Lee. Well, forget that.
Logan takes place in 2029, roughly 16 years after the events of Wolverine. Logan (Hugh Jackman) is now living the remainder of his life in Texas, his body slowly decaying as a result of the adamantium poisoning his bones. The X-Men have disbanded and the remaining mutants are living in-hiding, on the brink of extinction. Charles Xavier (Sir Patrick Stewart) is being held in isolation as a result of a neurodegenerative disease that induces random, telepathic anomalies, temporarily paralyzing those nearby.
One day, Logan is recognized by Gabriela, a nurse who possesses ties to a large corporation of biotechnology called Alkali-Transgien, which plans to develop a breed of mutants and create a powerful legion of super-soldiers. However, the initiative is scrapped and the mutants involved are to be disposed of. Gabriela refuses to go along with this and evacuates the children from captivity in search of a mutant sanctuary known as Eden.
Thus, the bulk of the story begins.
Unlike it’s predecessor, “The Wolverine”, Logan is not filmed in British Columbia, nor does it feel like anything based out of a comic book. The harsh environmental shift is a sharp twist in tone from previous entries that brilliantly supports its dark and violent direction. I’m not saying that the characters and storyline aren’t backed up by the comic material — I’m saying that the final product is an astounding departure from traditional superhero-style movies.
Hugh Jackman and Sir Patrick Stewart combine their remarkable chemistry in Wolverine’s monumental finish to an eight-year franchise. Logan made me feel like I was living in a modern Terrell County, Texas from “No Country for Old Men”. It possessed a cinematic quality that focused heavily on the environmental circumstances these characters were forced to deal with. It throws each character into a world where there are no safe havens, except at journey’s end; where the road they’re following will be harsh and bitter. It’s a story that focuses less on cinematic visual effects, and more on the relationship of family and friends.
There is a scene in the movie that lasts nearly ten minutes; a peaceful moment in which the core players are socializing at the dinner table. While it doesn’t serve a tremendous amount of significance to the plot, it’s a moment of appreciation for cinematic elements we don’t necessarily see a whole lot in action-based comic book adaptations.