Logan Movie Review

By Sophia Mazzei

Photo from comingsoon.net

Photo from comingsoon.net

The new Marvel movie “Logan,” released on March 3, is both groundbreaking and classic, delivering a movie that is completely organic to the superhero movie franchise. It’s undeniable that the modern superhero movie has relied on Computer Generated Imagery (CGI), particularly in fight scenes and explosions, but “Logan” has stakes that feel real.

In addition to fight choreography that’s smooth, instead of just computer-generated effects, “Logan” has characters with which you identify and about whom you care. It’s not just a “great superhero movie,” it’s a great movie for any genre.

The movie is set in the year 2029, and mutants have been removed from the human bloodline, meaning that the creaky Logan (Hugh Jackman) and the nonagenarian Professor X (Patrick Stewart) are the end of an era. Or are they?

When the film opens, Logan is laying low, working as a limo driver. He gets used to sleeping in his car, as a group of tough guys try to steal his tires. When he attempts to stop them, he gets shot, but due to the Wolverine’s mutant abilities, he is unaffected and is able to retaliate using his claws.

Not only is “Logan” the first R-rated movie in the X-men franchise, but the approach to action is unique to the Marvel film brand.

Logan, Professor X, and a mysterious girl (Dafne Keen) head out to try and find ‘Eden,’ a place where escaped mutants are going to start over, which may or may not even exist. Logan realizes he has another heroic journey in him, and that he has to protect this girl from the team of mercenaries chasing them.

Jackman plays a much more humane version of his iconic character instead of the well known crazed mutant. His deranged murderous tendencies make a few appearances, giving anyone who knows and loves the Wolverine the nostalgic feeling that connects us to the mutants.

“Logan” is the rare blockbuster that could be a game-changer. It will certainly change the way we look at other superhero movies and how history judges the entire Marvel Comics and DC Universe of films.

Don’t get me wrong. I love a good popcorn superhero movie as much as the next guy, but “Logan” shows how deep one can go in the genre if they just approach it in a different way. By the end of the film, any true X-Men fan will be devastated and left in tears, making it a definite must-see for anyone with an emotional connection to the Marvel Brand.