Thursday, March 9, 2017

Reel Talk- Logan

by Da CogNegro

Synopsis: In the near future, a weary Logan cares for an ailing Professor X in a hide out on the Mexican border. But Logan's attempts to hide from the world is interrupted when a young mutant arrives.

Director: James Mangold

Release Date: March 3, 2017

Review: With the  surprising success of last year's Deadpool, R-rated comic adaptations became the talk of Tinseltown. Even though Wolverine's source material can easily lend itself to such a rating, this did not mean that such a move would be met without reservations. One only has to look at Fox's track record, when it comes to the X-Men franchise, to validate such a response. Fortunately, Logan succeeds at not just being the best of Fox's comic book offerings, but a worthwhile film in its own right! Logan is relentlessly grizzly, brutal and gut wrenching.But just like Johnny Cash's rendition of Nine Inch Nails' Hurt, which was cleverly chosen to accompany this movie's first trailer, there is an undeniable beauty to be found in the pain. Whether it's the examination of relationships, bouts with guilt, or the sheer will to survive and persevere, all of Logan's emotional components  are just as authentic as anything a well crafted drama can produce. Like The Dark Knight, Logan transcends the pigeonholed comic book genre by successfully blending various tropes found in a variety of  film genres .This results in a film that audiences abound will find satiating as well as memorable. If you don't find yourself affected by your viewing, then perhaps your latent mutant power involves the inability to feel. What a sendoff to such an iconic character... BUB! (A-) -CgN   

1 comment:

  1. Logan was excellent and almost too much for me. I've watched Hugh Jackman and Patrick Stewart as Wolverine and Professor X, respectively, for years. The way this film forces us to face the near-humanity of these mutants, the frailty and humanity of these men, pulled at my heart much more than I expected. Anyone who's ever cared for an ailing or aging parent will relate to the relationship between Logan and Xavier. In the comics, our favorites never have to die, and even when/if they do some bizarre, far-flung loophole can resurrect them in an alternate or parallel universe. Not so, even in the magical world of the movies. When the credits rolled, people got up to leave the theater. I wanted to wait for one of those delicious teasers we've come to expect at the end of Marvel movies, but it didn't come. This may be the last time I see Hugh Jackman as Wolverine; I'm not ready to accept that. - OM