Over at our sister site, topcomics.com, I delve into the intricacies of how the hit film lines up with and deviates from the comics that inspired it. It’s an article for comics fans. (And if you aren’t one, you should be!) I also carefully explain why the movie will NOT be the end for our favorite feral mutant. For this site, though, I only want to offer a brief commentary on the quality of the film itself. A few words will suffice, as a large part of any review involves critiquing certain aspects of the film in question, and LOGAN simply has nothing to critique. It is one of those rare perfect films. Flawless.
Anybody who goes (or went) into the theater expecting your typical superhero movie (received or) is in for a big surprise, and not an especially pleasant one. And any parent clueless enough to take a small child to see it without expecting anything like graphic violence will have only him/herself to blame. Don’t go bitchin’ to the theater staff because you didn’t know the kind of movie you were paying to see! LOGAN is bleak, bloody, laced with existential angst, beautiful, harrowing, heartbreaking, and magnificent. I saw where some critic said it could be the first superhero movie to ever get nominated for Best Picture at the Oscars. It won’t, but it damn sure ought to. It’s that good. And if Patrick Stewart, who gives the performance of his career, doesn’t get nominated for Best Supporting Actor, the Oscars will have officially lost the dregs of what little credibility they had left. Jackman also deserves a nom, as does newcomer Dafne Keen, who is a phenomenal young talent. If she’s this good NOW, imagine how amazing she’s gonna get with a bit more experience.
LOGAN may well be the opus of the X movies. For sure they’ll never be able to top it. Highest possible recommendation.