Logan Is Beautiful, Sophisticated, and Still a Kick-Ass Superhero Film
07:54, Feb 18, 2017
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Organized by the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts, İKSV Premieres brings the new X-Men film "Logan" onto the silver screen on February 28 at Cinemaximum City's Nişantaşı. Someone will need to ask Hugh Jackman in a few years. Somber, mature, reflective and destructive, Logan arguably could be called the best X-Men movie, period. Everything before has led up to this moment. Spoiler-avoidance prevents me going further (spoiler-filled dissections of this film will be lengthy), but let's say that her introduction gives new things for this series to chew on. Take notes, other superhero films.
The superhero move is likely to be Hugh Jackman's final headline appearance in the long-running franchise, and it's lived up to its R-rating with both Logan and Professor Xavier explicitly swearing in the opening act. "I owe my career to this character". Stewart and Jackman have always worked well together; their odd father/son bickering is notable and used here with such sad irony.
Both Wolverines are valid, both are great, even when the plots surrounding them weren't. They don't pull any punches and it really gives their relationship weight.
The reason Logan doesn't drag or feel like it's patting itself on the back as it tells the final Wolverine story is because we've seen so many shades of Jackman's Wolverine over the years that we can guess what Logan is remembering at any given point.
Her name is Laura (great newcomer Dafne Keen) and she's quickly jettisoned into their lives. Keen just burns in action but can deliver a punchline when needed.
Jackman has become so synonymous with the Wolverine role that it's become easy to dismiss his performance as the character, especially in films where he was trotted out more than a real, fleshed out character. Oblique references are made to an event in Westchester that left the two without X-Men an on the run. "And God made it last too long". More than ever, Jackman's Logan seems like he's at an existential dead-end, and he's never exactly been a barrel of laughs to begin with.
While Logan does not necessarily want for action (and fear not: there is plenty of stabbing and gouging that earns it its "R" rating), this is a deeply considered drama first. Fans will quickly realise that Logan isn't the same, time-heals-all-wounds superhero the X-Men movies introduced to us, but while there might be more of his blood on the floor than usual, you can still see the old fire break through at times. The violence is not particularly cartoonish either and, unlike Deadpool for example, the movie doesn't play nice regarding who that violence gets directed at. Even when the young Laura is dishing out the kills, it feels needed and not wanted.
"Seamlessly melding Marvel mythology with Western mythology, James Mangold has crafted an affectingly stripped-down standalone feature, one that draws its strength from Hugh Jackman's nuanced turn as a reluctant, all but dissipated hero", writes The Hollywood Reporter's Sheri Linden in her review. Mangold said earlier that he took inspiration from films like 'The Wrestler' and 'The Cowboys' and that's apparent throughout.
"Before the whole debate about the wall, the border scenes were there in the film", Jackson said at a press conference at the Berlin Film Festival, where the film had its world premiere on Friday night. So take a look below at all of the post-Jackman X-Men movies now in the works.
Anyone who's seen the trailers could easily guess that Logan is the best solo Wolverine movie, but it's more than that. Logan is perfectly paced, visceral and a handsome ode to three fan-favorite characters.
Set in 2029, Wolverine is looking after a very elderly Professor X (Patrick Stewart) on the Mexican border, in a world where mutants are dying out.
With less than a month to go until Logan hits theaters, the upcoming film will take place after the events of X-Men: Days of Future Past and finds a tired Logan caring for an ailing Professor X in a hide out somewhere on the Mexican border.
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