March 14, 2018

Ugh, I don’t want to write this review at all. I’ve been putting it off and putting it off, but I can’t delay it any longer. I have to write a review of Logan, which means saying goodbye to Hugh Jackman as Logan. (That’s not a spoiler – Jackman has been very vocal.) I am not ready for this!

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We had intended to see it in the theater, but we farted around and missed it. Then they re-release it in black and white, and we missed that, too. There was also the fact that our Logan was DYING to see his titular film. (Yes, we named our firstborn child after a comic book character, back before the MCU and comic books were ‘cool.’ But how many babies born in 2018 will be named T’Challa or M’Butu?) But since he was twelve at the time, we were unsure that he could handle the level of violence we’d heard about. We postponed until it was available to watch at home, so we could turn it off if it got too intense. Plus, he’s thirteen now…like thirteen is some magical age, like eighteen or twenty-one, that imparts wisdom at the stroke of midnight. I needn’t have worried. Yes, it’s a “Hard R”, but it wasn’t a splatterfest. It was fucking intense, mostly emotionally.

Again, I got a little caught up in the Science of mutants and admantium. At first, I was wondering how X-23 could have an admantium skeleton and still grow, but then I figured out that it was only her claws that were admantium. But why does she have different claws – and foot claws? Also, why is she a girl? Or maybe you don’t get to choose the sex when you grow a mutant from scratch instead of cloning? I don’t even fucking know…but I also tripped out realizing that Lara has a son named Logan and Logan has a daughter named Laura.

So the big question…will they recast Wolverine? If so, I hope they wait a few years. In the meantime, they can focus on the young, rebooted mutants or maybe use X-23?

Logan is a fitting tribute to Jackman’s portrayal of the character, as well as Patrick Stewart’s portrayal of Professor X – supposedly his last, as well. His swan song doesn’t carry the same weight though, as we’ve already had James McAvoy in the role for three movies. (Coincidentally, I guess you could say that my son is also named after Professor X – his middle name is ‘Charles,’ although after his great-grandfather.) But you know the one thing that made the end “really real”? No end credits sequence.

Year – 2017
Rating – R
Runtime – 137 minutes
Genre – Marvel Comics
Director(s) – James Mangold
Writer(s) – Scott Frank, James Mangold, Michael Green
Actor(s) – Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, Dafne Keen, Boyd Holbrook, Stephen Merchant
BOB Rating – Four BOBs
Favorite Quote – "In a pride of lions, the female is both hunter and caregiver." - Charles Xavier (Patrick Stewart)