“Logan” Review


Eva Rinaldi

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Patrick Jordan, Staff Writer

“Logan” is the newest addition to Twentieth Century Fox’s “X-Men” franchise. It was released on March 3, 2017 and stars Hugh Jackman as Logan (the Wolverine), Dafne Keen as Laura (X-23) and Patrick Stewart as Charles Xavier (Professor X).

The setting is Mexico in the year 2029, and we find Logan as an aged, broken man who is slowly losing his ability to heal. He also looks after an aged and senile Charles Xavier. But his life changes when a woman comes to him and begs him to take her child (Laura) to a hidden location called Edin. Logan is reluctant at first, but is forced to oblige when an organization called Transigen comes for Laura. But it is soon revealed that Laura is actually a mutant that has Logan’s powers and was created by Transigen. On the run, Logan must get Laura and Charles to Edin before Transigen catches them.

One of the most interesting features of “Logan” is the special effects. “Logan” is by far the bloodiest superhero movie there is. Right off the bat, the movie starts with a bloody fight scene between Logan and some carjackers. However, the presence of much blood does not hinder the movie whatsoever. It actually creates a feeling of maturity, which is appropriate considering how broken of a man Logan is. In addition, there is not an overload of CGI, which is a bonus because it creates a better sense of realism. Overall, the special effects for “Logan” are realistic and graphic.

The acting is astounding throughout the movie. For instance, Keen doesn’t speak until halfway through the movie, yet she expresses herself fully through her face and body language. Also, Stewart plays Charles Xavier as we’ve never seen him before, aged and slowly losing grip of his ability to control his mind. He portrays a senile Professor, which even surprised me. Hugh Jackman is known for portraying a more dangerous Wolverine, but this time, we begin to see the character in a new light. He is more vulnerable and emotional in this film. The actors clearly gave their roles their full attention.

The plot was well-paced and very clear to follow. Basically, Logan, Laura, and Charles are on the run from the organization known as Transigen. There are a few interesting twists though that make the plot a little more interesting. But overall, the plot was well-paced, entertaining and tragic at times.

The only part of the movie that is confusing are certain plots holes compared to the other X-Men movies. For instance, in “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” Logan is shot in the head with an adamantium bullet, which only gave him amnesia. Yet in “Logan” he states that he keeps the same kind of bullet in case he ever wants to end his own life, meaning that it would kill him that time.

“Logan” is just an enjoyable movie in general. It was well paced, well acted and had great special effects. In addition, it has a whopping 93 percent on Rotten Tomatoes.  The film was definitely a worthy send-off for Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine. I give it a 4.7/5.