Monday, March 6, 2017

Logan ***1/2 (2017)

Logan, starring Hugh Jackman as Wolverine, perhaps the most popular of the X-Men, will go down as one of the greatest superhero films ever made. After two unremarkable stand alone films, Wolverine X-Men: Origins (2009and The Wolverine (2013), Logan brings a powerhouse of pathos and emotion rare in comic book movies.

Most Marvel movies are entertaining enough for at least one viewing, but Logan transcends the limitations of the genre.  Deeply inspired by the Western, evident in a poignant reference to Shane, Logan eschews fantasy in favor of a gritty realism.  By far the most violent Marvel film ever produced, it also provides some of the best performances from Jackman, Patrick Stewart, and newcomer Dafne Keen. 

Logan is a changing of the guard story told in the context of a world that eerily reflects our own, or what it could become.  Will Logan point the way forward for future movies of its genre, just as Deadpool did last year?  Or will it be a stand alone oddity in the Marvel universe, not unlike the James Bond film On Her Majesty's Secret Service. Whatever happens, Logan tells a modern myth with extraordinary grace.

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