By Williams ‘Bantu’ Irubor
“Logan” could easily fall into the category of one of the best Marvel movies ever and can be put in the same pedestal as Dark Knight. The movie is just over 2 hours, the first and last 45 minutes being unarguably the best parts of the film. Make no mistakes about it, this movie was rated “R” for a reason because it is brutal to its core. And X-23 actress (Dafne Keen) is going to be a big star in the future if she can keep up the awesomely insane performance she gave in this movie.
Every scene in this film feels necessary, from the character development to the humour and action. Nothing seems forced, everything comes off naturally which is a breath of fresh air. Although there were some goofs (which i will happily highlight at the end), let us start at the very beginning.
Set in 2029, the film begins at a time when mutants are on the verge of extinction, Charles Xavier’s (Patrick Stewart) school doesn’t exist anymore and he along with Logan (Hugh Jackman) and their mutant tracker Caliban (Stephen Merchant) lead a bleak life hiding near the Mexican border.
The film starts with some “jerks” trying to steal the rims off Logan’s car. He advises them against it but of course they are refusing and relentless as one of them pulls out a shot-gun and fires at Logan who goes to the ground. He gets back up and winces painfully (this is where we begin to get the first signs that he has lost some of his healing and regenerating abilities) as he proceeds to dismember and impale the goons with the last one running for his life. This was but a taste of the action, brutality and goriness to come.
I have decided to break-down this review into different genre-specific categories for easy comprehension and to avoid a wearisome or ponderous read;
POSITIVE ELEMENTS: Logan is broken-spirited and obviously has no zeal to help others (As shown when he vehemently refused to assist Gabrielle and Laura when they first approached him, and also when he was reluctant to lend a hand to the “family in distress” they encountered on the highway) but Xavier never missed out on any of those opportunities to teach Logan something about life at each instance.
As we observed when Logan said “Someone else would come along to help them” (referring to the family in distress) of which Xavier replied him saying “Someone has come…” (indicating he could as well be the help the needed).
SPIRITUAL CONTENT: The family that Logan, Charles and Laura eats dinner with is Christian. They pray before dinner. And when the father complains about their rural trials, the mother tells him gently, “The Lord will provide.” “I’m still waiting for the Lord to provide a new thresher,” the father replies.
Charles also expresses a certain level of faith. “We were all part of God’s plan,” he tells Logan, speaking of he and his fellow mutants. “Maybe we were God’s mistake,” Logan counters.
SEXUAL CONTENT: There’s a brief topless scene when a woman pulls down her dress. And also some of Logan’s limo customers wear cleavage-baring evening wear.
VIOLENT CONTENT: When Logan discovers that Laura’s mysterious female guardian(Gabrielle) has a bevy of old X-Men comics in her possession, the former X-Man is dismissive of those tales. “In the real world, people die!” he tells Laura.
In this movie, people die, too. Lots of people, and often in very grotesque and graphic ways. Logan’s (and Laura’s) claws rip through reams of flesh. Logan skewers bad guys up through their jaws and into their skulls. Laura, off camera, apparently slices off someone’s head. (She comes out of a warehouse and rolls the head to the bad guy’s boss.) Limbs are hacked off and throats are gashed.
PROFANE AND OBSCENE LANGUAGE: In the whole movie you can count over 50 f-words and nearly 30 s-words. We also hear “a–,” “d–n” and “h—,” along with three abuses of Jesus’ name and two parings of God’s name with “d–n.”
DRUG AND ALCOHOL CONTENT: Logan is very sick, and he self-medicates throughout the movie with whiskey, flasks full of booze and whatever liquor is available. He also uses a vial of medication that speeds up his unique healing processes at the expense of some of his rational mind. (It seems to wear off quite quickly, however.) Logan buys Charles’ drugs, apparently illegally, from a hospital worker. People drink heavily in the back of Logan’s limo.
Now to the part most of you have been waiting for (since the movie is seemingly perfect in all ramifications), lol. THE GOOFS…
*The movie is set in “2029”, and the only vehicle that is showing as futuristic is the Chrysler 300C limo, all the other vehicles seemed to be of 2017 models. Even the cell phones used in “2029” (12years from now) should be different from what is obtainable now.
*While watching “Shane” (In the hotel room they were holed up) Professor Xavier says he saw it when he was Laura’s age (11-12yrs old). If true, then he would have been born in 1942. Since the movie is set in 2029, that makes him an octogenarian, not a nonagenarian like he corrected Pierce in Mexico.
*Early in the film, Pierce (Boyd Holbrook) wears sunglasses in which the camera operator’s reflection is visible throughout the scene. (Really!!!! I expected they could have done better).
*When Logan and Laura meet up with the other children in ” North Dakota” near the Canadian border, they are in a mountainous area. Curiosity made me check this after the movie (and also because i check out fancy possible movie locations) only to discover there are no mountains on the North Dakota/Canada border, let alone anywhere in North Dakota. LMAO!!!
Maybe if i saw it a second and third time i could point out more possible goofs. In conclusion, parents need to know that Logan is part of the X-Men series and is said to be Hugh Jackman’s final appearance as Wolverine.
Unlike almost all other superhero movies (except Deadpool), it is rated R, so expect a lot of very edgy material. The main issue is the extremely strong, bloody comic book violence, including characters being sliced through flesh and skulls, shot, shown in pain, and killed.
A young girl is involved in the fights, and there’s disturbing footage of children being mistreated in a laboratory setting. Suicide is considered. A woman is shown topless, and the main character drinks frequently. Despite the mature material, the movie — which explores the importance of family — is quite powerful and is a high point in the superhero genre. Expect teens to be very eager to see it.