Logan Review: More than just a comic book film

So far this year I’ve seen the winner of 2017’s Oscar for best picture La La Land, Moonlight and Hidden Figures. All of these films are super dope but, hand on heart, Logan is probably my favourite yet and I genuinely can’t believe it.

Logan is Marvel’s The Dark Knight. It is that real. This film is dark, it’s shocking, violent… I should probably stop here.

I can’t emphasise just how violent this film is. This film has a 15 certificate and that is mind blowing – it should be an 18. There’s also a lot of swearing and this shocked me more than it should, especially in a post-Deadpool world. Logan’s violence is so over the top, but given the context it makes complete sense and adds gravity to everything that happens in this film. Wolverine has adamantium claws so, of course, there should be blood and guts everywhere.

Now where was I… Logan is dark, shocking, violent, emotional and meaningful. The whole film has a weight to it that no Marvel film, let alone any previous X-Men joints can match. If you have followed the X-Men series, what happens in Logan’s two and a half hours (it could have done with losing at least 30 minutes)  will hit hard. Everyone in this film (apart from Richard E Grant) acts their ass off. Sir Patrick Stewart puts in a master class and Hugh Jackman proves that it will be damn near impossible to recast this role. People should not lose sight of the fact that beneath the violence and the geekdom is a bloody well acted and constructed movie, and that is why it’s a disservice to just pencil Logan as a comic-book movie.   

I don’t want to say a word about Dafne Keen, not a damn word.

The concept of the film is genius. This is an X-Men film about THE iconic X-Man, in a world where they are all but extinct. The humans have won – the mutants have lost. The X-Men everyone loved are long gone. There are flickers of joy and hope in this film, but they are quickly suffocated by darkness. 

It comes down to this – someone at DC Comics should get fired for this. What James Mangold and his crew managed to pull off is what everyone inside the house that Batman and Superman built have been trying to do post Christopher Nolan. Marvel are stealing DC’s unique selling point. 

Logan is a special film – this is what ‘comic-book’ films should be.

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