The following is a spoiler-free review of Logan. Keeping with B3 traditions here is the good, the badass, and the ugly as they apply to the third (and maybe Hugh Jackman’s last) Wolverine stand-alone film.
- It’s dark, gritty, and bleak. This is not a cheesy comic book movie. No tights.
- Dafne Kee puts on a solid debut performance.
- The Deadpool intro is funny, and gives us an Easter egg that points towards another Marvel favorite in the works. No, it’s not Howard the Duck.
- This is the best on-screen performance of Patrick Stewart’s career. He nails the helplessness and loss of dignity that comes with old age.
- The movie is savage. This R-rated Logan is the first time we actually see a version of Wolverine that comes close to the comics.
- It is a good movie, not just a good superhero movie. It is well-shot, it has a great score, and the dialogue is believable.
- The plot is a bit light.. Get from point A to point B. But there are some serious feels along the way, so we give them a pass.
- The timeline is a bit confusing. Is this part of the First Class / Days of the Future Past thread, or the original X-Men trilogy? Is it something new? There is enough subtext to fill in the gaps, but it isn’t explicit.
- The antagonist is a bit lame. He looks like the love child of a boy band reject and a T-100.
All in all, I truly think that Logan is the strongest Marvel film yet. It currently has a Rotten Tomatoes score in the low nineties, and I think that will only climb. It is easily the best superhero movie since the Dark Knight (2008).