Movie Review: X-Men Logan

Our Rating

The following is my review for the newest installment in the Fox X-Men universe: Logan. Be warned, THERE ARE SPOILERS!

I want to begin by saying that I enjoyed this movie quite a bit, but it is a commitment. The year is 2029, and Logan looks rough. They promised old man Logan and boy did they deliver. Right off the bat, he’s struggling to deal with the small group of guys that really shouldn’t be an issue; which brings me to my first point.

It’s only been six years since the conclusion of Days of Future Past. Logan is experiencing some serious aging and a stark diminishment to his powers. Arguably that’s an effect of the time travel, but the professor has aged and deteriorated significantly. Ultimately the question is, which time line is this? There hasn’t been enough time in between Days of Future Past and Logan to justify this tremendous aging. Unless his movie isn’t set within the new timeline established by First Class. Allowing the possibility that the Wolverine could still be alive, but more on that later.

Following the copious amount of decapitations and blood letting that the “R” rating on this picture allows we learn that Alkali is back to it’s old tricks. They’ve all but wiped out the mutants, and there haven’t been any born in 25 years. After completing their mission, they decided to start creating their own mutant army; because how could that possibly go wrong?

We are then introduced to Laura, the silent little girl who is, “very much like you.” The professor tries to explain to Logan who she is, but he’s not interested. We hear screaming, silence, and then Laura walks up and drops a head at the feet of main villain Donald Pierce.

It’s finally revealed that Laura has Wolverine’s powers as she starts screaming, spinning through the air, and relieving people of their limbs. Logan meanwhile is using his uniquely fast and maneuverable limousine to deftly dispatch the bad guys chasing him on dirt bikes.

The rest of the movie is spent following a game of hide and seek. As they continue traveling we learn that Professor X is almost certainly responsible for the death of the majority of the X-Men and that Wolverine himself is tired of being plagued by the deaths of those he cares about. The movie is itself a self fulfilling prophecy as most every character encountered from then on is brutally murdered by him or the younger version of him created by Alkali.

The movie is frankly sad. It forces the audience to confront real world issues of immigration and prejudice. While also making us watch the slow decline and ultimate death of a character that has been beloved for the last 17 years. At the hands of his younger CGI self no less. I’m still hoping this is set within a different time line, because I don’t like that the Wolverine is dead. I can honestly say this is probably the best X-Men movie out there, because it wasn’t a super hero movie. It was the story of an aging down on his luck father trying to protect his daughter. Go see it.

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