“Logan” is a hit

Dalton Stokes

20th Century Fox has lived up to all expectations with its latest superhero film “Logan”. The movie stands, so far, as one of the most critically acclaimed superhero movies ever and one of few to be rated R.

The movie is rated R for good reason, as it is by far the goriest superhero movies I’ve seen. However the gore matches the tone of the movie and feels in no way forced or unnecessary. It’s one of the only gory movies I’ve seen where the blood and violence  didn’t feel completely forced, unlike movies such as “300”.

“Logan” is one of the best superhero movies of our age, rivaling that of even the Dark Knight trilogy. I call this film a superhero movie, but in his current mental state, Hugh Jackman’s character Logan, who is more commonly known as Wolverine, takes on the role of an anti-hero.

He is a dark cynical character who pretends to care for no one but himself. One that drinks his sorrows away and ignores anything concerning his own well being by shrugging off any issues with his machismo personality.

The acting in the movie was superb, and the performance on the part of Jackman was fantastic. Patrick Stewart also presented a stellar performance as Professor Xavier, an old man with telepathic powers who is losing his grip on reality and suffering from a severe neurodegenerative disorder. Both Jackman and Stewart have been playing these parts for almost 20 years now.

This will also be Jackman’s last performance as Wolverine. “Logan” was a great way for him to go out.

Wolverine has been the face of the X-men franchise and an utter fan favorite since Fox first started the franchise in 2000, receiving three stand alone movies.

The first of which, “X-men Origins: Wolverine” was dubbed one of the worst superhero movies ever. “Logan” was definitely a huge step up from past works. 

While the first half hour of the movie was kind of slow, the movie picks up the pace and stays very well paced for the remainder. The movie provides a great balance of dark, emotional scenes and action scenes with immense violence.

During the last 40 minutes of the movie there is a strange loss of pace but it is quickly picked up by scenes that drive the final moments of the plot along to its dramatic end.

All around the movie was very good aside from a few small kinks and I am excited to see how superhero movies stack up this year seeing how the bar has been set very high so early in the year.