Logan Goes Claws Out
Review by Aaron Haughton
We asked for it and now it's here: a Wolverine movie with claw through face action!
Broad strokes: if the violence of No Country For Old Men fucked the bleakness of The Road and had a baby, and that baby grew up and fucked an X-Men, the result would be Logan.
With Logan, Director James Mangold takes us to the year 2029, a not too faraway dystopian future where all mutants, save for a few friendly faces (Wolverine, Prof. X, and Caliban), are dead. Xmen’s universe has always capitalized on the fact that things are fucked, but are made infinitely worse in this iteration, where people are struggling to find light in a dying world.
It’s a strong contrast to the usual X-Men attitude too. The bleak story brings forward the best points of Logan’s shitty personality. At the end of the day, he’s a good dude underneath all his shit, but he’s tired with age and past trauma to really be the best version of himself right offhand.
He’s only got one real friend in the world, Professor X, and Logan constantly struggles to see that he’s safe at all costs. And by all costs, I mean Wolverine is working a shit chauffeur gig just to make ends meet. It's safe to say that Logan has hit rock bottom here, which leaves loads of room for redemption.
Logan will leave some fans of the X-Men canon a little weepy as it tugs at their proverbial heartstrings, but will also easily find acceptance to those wholly unfamiliar of the comic crossover. It’s a raging good time, with the blood and gore you always wanted out of a Wolverine movie. In fact, we'd say it's one of the greatest superhero films of all time.
Honestly, not much more needs saying; you'll either like it, or you won't. And, to those that don't like it, well, you know...
Rating: 3.5 fatal chest stabbings outta 5.
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