I could be wrong, but I think that this is the first time that Hunter has acknowledged that The Revenger just might be more trouble than its worth.
So, #Squirrel and I just got back from seeing Logan…FINALLY. I have to say, it is hands down the finest film in the X-Men franchise. The next closest is Deadpool, and Logan is just plain a better film, for me, anyway. Now, I have to confess that I haven’t seen either of the previous Wolverine films, and I skipped both Days of Future Past and Age of Apocalypse. I’ve yet to hear a ringing endorsement of any of those four films, so I’m not planning to change that.
POTENTIAL SPOILERS FROM HERE ON OUT. CONTINUE READING AT YOUR OWN RISK!!!
The X-Men films that I have seen haven’t done Wolverine justice. Hugh Jackman has always been great as the character, but they’ve always missed out on that key element that makes the character work, his driving need to be better than the animalistic killing machine that he sees himself as. Sometimes they’ve tried to hit that note, but they’ve always failed to make it work. (Now’s a good time to say that The Usual Suspects is the only Bryan Singer film I’ve ever enjoyed. He and Zack Snyder will be seated at the same table if #Squirrel and I ever renew our vows.) The earlier films also always seem to miss out on the fatherly elements that have always been a part of Wolverine’s nature; his father-daughter relationships, most notably with Kitty Pryde, have shown him at his most successful at being more man than monster. I’m not spoiling anything to say that X-23 is in many ways the engine that makes this film go, and these two key themes/elements are at the forefront of this remarkable film.
I’ve seen A LOT of superhero films. I’m not prepared to put this one at the top of the heap…or even necessarily in the top five. The comparisons to The Dark Knight aren’t really apt. This film had a great deal more in common with The Dark Knight Rises, insofar as each of them presents to us the end of a hero’s journey. The Dark Knight Rises really didn’t stick the landing. It was sort of a jumbled mess that never felt like it was about BATMAN, while Logan is very much about Wolverine. X-23 and Charles Xavier and Caliban and Pierce (great performance by that guy, by the way, whoever he was) are simply well-crafted lenses through which we see Wolverine as he proceeds to the end of the line.
I heartily recommend this film. Do NOT bring your kids. It’s not for them. Logan is a film for adults, for reasons beyond the language and brutal violence.
(Also, I will endlessly be grateful to James Mangold for having X-23 just GO OFF on Logan in rapid fire Spanish. It helped put my marriage in perspective. Heh-heh-heh.)