Tuesday, 21 February 2017

An Early Screening of LOGAN

So I got the opportunity to see a preview screening of Logan last night, and well, it is the perfect final outing for the Wolverine.

I'm going to keep this spoiler free, especially since there's a week before the film goes on general release, but it's worth sharing a few thoughts. If you've seen the trailer, you have a good sense of the tone and style of the film, and let me tell you, it's a shame it's taken so long for it to be executed like this, since the film is absolutely spot on for it. 

Moving away from the scifi aesthetic of the main series, Logan feels dusty and gritty, like the sun glaring in your eyes all the way. As for the violence? You'd better believe that is a hard R rating. This is the first X-Men film that pulls out all the stops and sheds the blood with vicious glee, drawing even me, a long-in-the-tooth gore hound, to go wide-eyed. 

Director James Mangold's last Wolverine-orientated film (though it could be argued most X-Men films are Wolverine-orientated) toed the line for a more serious style, and though it didn't quite hit with fans, I think this one will. This film is not for kids or those wanting the safe and colourful Marvel Universe films, which is one of it's strengths, bringing a lack of hand-holding. There's a lot of blanks to be filled in by the viewer in regards to the events that have passed leading up to this future setting, with more than enough satisfying clues left to fill in the harrowing details. 

The entire cast nails it, and enough cannot be said about Dafne Keen's Laura, but it is Hugh Jackman and Patrick Steward who will steal the show for the long-time fans, with Logan's caring of his old friend and mentor constantly drawing a tear to the eye. I'm not going to say more on this, but the entire film has a strong emotional core of regret, fear, and longing. What happens when the future doesn't turn out like you'd hoped, and all your work has been for nothing? Logan doesn't shy away from how emotionally crippling that can be.

There's a lot in this film to like, and it is definitely the Wolverine film fans have been clambering for all this time. There inevitably will be more X-Men films after this one, but this may be the final Wolverine one, and it acts as a perfect ending for either series. 

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