‘Logan’ (2017, 15)

Is ‘Logan’ a clawsome superhero blockbuster or another Wolverine movie we’d rather forget?

It’s the year 2029, and Logan/Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) has abandoned his X-Men superhero ways and now lives as a private driver. He also cares for an ill Professor Xavier (Sir Patrick Stewart) in an abandoned mining facility with the help of fellow mutant, Caliban (Stephen Merchant). But, Logan’s escape from his past is gone when a young mutant, the first for twenty-five years, is discovered — and she is being hunted by the dark forces of Donald Pierce (Boyd Holbrook).

From the opening scene of this film, one thing is clear — ‘Logan’ is not for the faint-hearted. There’s quite a bit of blood and gore, something we’ve never really seen in any X-Men film, especially to this degree. However, I felt the violence was executed well as the special effects with the blood, severed limbs etc. was quite convincing. However, I did not tink the same could be said for all the visual effects in the film. The CGI in some places looked a bit cartoonish and fake; nothing that pulled away from the effect of the film too much, but once you know its there you can’t un-see it.

One definte strong-point to this film is the plot — it’s gripping, heart-wrenching, exciting and powerful. The first act of this film is definitely the grittiest in the film, but then the plot starts to slow as it appraches the end of the film. This, however, is not a bad thing as it makes the film more centred about the relationships and emotions of the characters. And speaking of characters, I was quite a fan of the small main cast; this film is all about emotions, not massive superhero team-ups. The cast were all very good, especially young Dafne Keen as Laura. When they cried, you cried, when they laughed, you laughed.

I’m slightly less certain about the score to this film, though. It wasn’t a traditional, string quartet and orchestra providing the music in the powerful scenes in ‘Logan’ but some less traditional instruments to score the scenes that they did. For instnace, a tense car chase had a melancholy piano accompinament and a spectacular fight-scene was to the sound of fast bagpipes! In a way, this slightly disjointed music added to the drama of this already dark and gritty film but also in some places didn’t feel natural with the scenes that were playing out.

Overall, ‘Logan’ is a brilliant film, both as a superhero blockbuster and as an emotional thriller. Some questionable CGI, however, means that ‘Logan’ is deducted a point, but still achieves an amazing nine-out-of-ten.

9/10.

 

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