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by Justyn Cortes
20th Century Fox has had a rough track record with the comic book genre. Just look at their history: Daredevil, Elektra, Wolverine: Origins, X-Men 3: The Last Stand, The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen and the Fantastic Four films. These under-performing movies with low critic and fan reception compelled the studio to give most of these iconic heroes back to Marvel. Yet, their luck seemed to change with Deadpool. 20th Century Fox took a big gamble by allowing Tim Miller and Ryan Reynolds to have full creative licensing and it paid off BIG. The film cost $58 million to make and it grossed over $783 million (not including DVD sales). Deadpool's success surprised many people, but revealed a simple truth: film should be an art first, not a business; even with blockbusters. If you take the time to make a film that honors the source material properly, people will come to see it in droves. James Mangold (director & co-writer of Logan) took it a step further by using Marvel Studio's method of hybridizing (fusing) other genres within the comic book genre. For example, Captain America: The Winter Soldier is a espionage thriller...with superheroes, Guardians of the Galaxy...is a sci-fi adventure...with superheroes, and Ant-Man is a heist movie... with you guessed it: Superheroes. Logan breaks all superhero conventions by creating a gritty dystopic western with THEE quintessential Marvel anti-hero -- The Wolverine.
Pros - There are so many pros in this film that listing all of them would take one page, so I will condense it to three points: 1. The opening sequence is phenomenal. It is riddled with easter eggs so be sure to keep your eyes glued to the screen! 2. The character development for Logan and the supporting characters is fantastic. Writers, James Mangold, Scott Frank, and Michael Green really capture what makes Logan so captivating. He is a true anti-hero that hates the monster that he is and longs for death, but feels an innate compulsion to do what is right in a world that is corrupt and wants his kind extinct. Logan tries to live a life of conformity while he caregives for Charles Xavier, his 90 year old seizure-prone mentor who suffers from Alzheimer's (The irony, right?), but fears that he will eventually attract violence and destruction to himself and those around him. This internal struggle coupled with Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, and Dafne Keen's chemistry together will certainly pull at your heart strings and the outcome of their fates will have you sitting on the edge of your seat. 3. The organic and gradual rise of stakes (risks) during the story's progression was a feast for the eyes; aka every action sequence builds more and more tension with its beautifully, yet gruesomely choreographed fight scenes that will leave the audience cheering from their seats and stunned in silence over its savagery.
Cons - Warning: Man tears forming are a possibility (so just say you have allergies. Kidding!). Lastly, if you are a parent, find a babysitter or wait until you can get one before seeing Logan because it will give children nightmares. It has so much gore and violence that it makes Saw look like Marry Poppins; so be smart.
This is a movie that left me contemplating what I had experienced on my ride home. It is a true masterpiece and easily in my top five best comic book movies of all time list. Genre aside, I appreciate any film that can leave that kind of catharsis because films are meant to be impactful and to inspire.
Rating: REEL GOOD!