Uniquely Entertaining ‘Logan’ Offers Closure for Wolverine Trilogy

Will Roberts, Editor

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In 2000, the movie X-Men came out and its success signified the arrival of numerous other superhero movies while contributing to the age of this genre that we live in today. Films based on Marvel and DC comics are common occurrences now, and, as a result, the tropes and repetitive plots are becoming somewhat stale.

For that reason, unique and creative superhero movies are celebrated, such as 2016’s Deadpool, which strayed from the traditional story and actually mocked many modern superhero tropes.

Yet another R-rated superhero film has been released, and that movie is Logan, which serves as a surprisingly emotional departure for Hugh Jackman’s portrayal of the character Wolverine.

Released on March 3rd, 2017, Logan has been met with very positive reviews. It received an 8.4/10 on IMDb and a 92% on Rotten Tomatoes. This was a huge step up from 2016’s X-Men: Apocalypse, which received a 7.1 on IMDb and a shocking 48% on Rotten Tomatoes.

Created on a budget of $97 million, it has already grossed $606 million throughout the world. The film’s success, along with that of Deadpool will hopefully show producers and film executives the potential that comes out of an inspired creator. The film has been in development for many years, beginning early progress in late 2013, concluding with the final product we see today.

Logan follows a bitter and burdened Wolverine, portrayed by Hugh Jackman, in a near future. It shows a man struggling through everyday life while attempting to protect a frail Charles Xavier, played by Patrick Stewart, when the two encounter a young girl in need of safe transport and escape from an unknown organization.

The film has an extremely dark tone in relation to previous entries in the franchise. Audiences will see a broken and weak version of the normally unbeatable Wolverine, resulting in an extremely emotional conclusion to these characters; both Jackman and Stewart have announced that this film will mark their last portrayal of the characters.

Although the film does hold connections to other comics as well as previous X-Men movies, extensive knowledge of them is not required. I, myself, have an extremely limited understanding of the fictional universe, yet still found the latest movie to be very enjoyable.

The serious take on a comic book character may seem to be prone to failure, but this attempt was a success in my opinion. I appreciated the darker and more complex iteration of a character who is beloved to many and based on their acting in Logan, I am sorry to see Jackman and Stewart’s departure.

Although it was not without flaws, I found the film to be thrilling and even humorous at times, while still managing to deliver an emotional and satisfying end for the Wolverine trilogy.

 

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