“Logan” slices up theaters

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Fabrizio Orsi de Paula, Editor/ business manager/ cartoonist

Possible spoilers ahead.

The sky is blue. The grass is green. Water is wet. Hugh Jackman is Wolverine.

For the first time in 17 years, the veracity of one of those statements will be stripped away. “Logan” is the end of a beautiful journey for Hugh Jackman, consisting of nine movies in the role since the first X-Men, in 2000.

That movie, in a way, revived the superhero genre after the Superman and Batman series came tumbling down. The first Spider-Man trilogy, the Marvel Cinematic Universe and the esteemed Dark Knight trilogy by Christopher Nolan only happened thanks to the success of the X-men series.

“Logan” itself is unlike any other superhero movie. First off, it is shockingly violent for the genre. Only in the Marvel Netflix series is this level of violence depicted. It makes sense for the character though, as one of Wolverine’s most defining trait is his brutality and his savage approach to his conflicts. That was an aspect of the character was lacking in previous movies, which caused some fans to complain. This is the Wolverine movie they’ve been waiting for.

The movie is also set in a sort of post-apocalyptic scenario. All mutants have been either decimated or are in hiding, including Logan and Professor X (played by Patrick Stewart, who also bids farewell to the X-men series). That’s a sharp contrast to the optimism of other superhero movies, where honorable heroes or teams save the day.

On the contrary, all characters in this movie are extremely flawed individuals. Innocent people get caught up in Logan’s personal conflicts, Professor X’s mental issues cause people to become temporarily paralyzed and X-23 seems to want to resolve even the smallest of problems through violence.

It also offers an interesting view on comic books themselves. Fans usually wonder how they would work in their favorite heroes’ universes and this movie has the answer, or at least one of the alternatives. In this reality, comic book creators made up fantastic stories based on the real events endured by the X-Men. They exaggerate the truth in order to sell more issues— much like many of the movies based on “true stories” nowadays.

Finally, the movie may also pave the way for a new Wolverine franchise surrounding X-23 and her friends. At the end, Logan mentions how their struggles are far from over. In a world where being a mutant is nearly a death sentence and considering the fact they’re all kids, it is easy to see why. Maybe FOX will choose to explore those stories in the future.

In short, “Logan” is the ultimate Wolverine movie and a fitting goodbye for Hugh Jackman and Patrick Stewart, while also setting up possible spin-offs. It deserves its R-rating and it definitely deserves a watch.

 

Rating: 10/10