Logan– Trailer vs. Movie #10

As is typical with all my posts, please be aware there are possible spoilers.

The trailer(s) that I watched for this movie are below:

Logan is a fantastic if not exhausting final ride for Hugh Jackman as Wolverine.  Director James Mangold (The Wolverine, 3:10 to Yuma) finally took the PG-13 gloves off the fan favorite and gave fans what they wanted, a realistic look at the character.

While yes, this is an R-rated Wolverine, it’s not a movie where there is violence just to have violence.  Mangold could have easily just let loose and had action scene after mindless action scene, but instead, he gives time for the characters to build story and let the audience feel what it was like for them in the moment.  The best parts of this film are Logan and Professor X (Patrick Stewart) interactions with each other.  After all these years together finding out what their relationship has become and who they are when all the chips are down.

My biggest criticism of the film is the lack of a compelling villain.  While there is a reason for story to progress, via the entrance of an antagonist, after finding out where Logan is to start the film I feel that the villain does little else to really drive the story.  Pierce (Boyd Holbrook) and Dr. Rice (Richard E. Grant) do very little in the film other than continue the chase.  I wish there was more development of their characters to make them more compelling.  Most of the reasons for the chase are given to use through other secondary characters.

Another reviewer (Matt Neal) called this “The Dark Knight of the X-Men universe”, I would, for the most part, agree with that statement.  This movie is not nearly as good as The Dark Knight, but it’s clearly one of the best X-Men movies ever made.  The movie takes us emotionally where no other X-Men movie.  This is a must watch for any comic book fan, but more importantly any movie goer this year.

 

(10/10 is a perfect rating)

8.5/10 – Movie Rating:  Logan is easily the best Wolverine movie to be released and my second favorite X-men movie of all time (behind X-men 2).

7/10 – Trailer Rating:  While the trailer does give away the basic plot, it doesn’t give away any of the details that would spoil the movie.

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