Logan Review | The Hollywood Redux Podcast | Episode 409
Look out for spoilers! Snikty snikty snign, the Hollywood Redux Podcast has your review for Hugh Jackman’s Wolvie swan song, Logan. Host’s Matt and Michael discuss their feelings on the latest film from Fox and Marvel.
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About the Movie:
In the near future, a weary Logan (Jackman) cares for the ailing Professor X (Stewart) at a remote outpost on the Mexican border. His plan to hide from the outside world goes out the window when he meets a young mutant (Keen) who is just like him. Logan must protect the girl and battle dark forces that seek to capture her.
This film is the the tenth installment in the 20th Century Fox X-Men film series, as well as the third and final Wolverine film following X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009) and The Wolverine (2013). It is directed by James Mangold, who co-wrote the screenplay with Scott Frank and Michael Green from a story by Mangold, stars Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, Richard E. Grant, Boyd Holbrook, Stephen Merchant, and introduces the young Dafne Keen.
Development of Logan began in November 2013 with the hiring of Mangold to write a treatment that takes inspiration from the comic book Old Man Logan by Mark Millar and Steve McNiven.
The movie takes place in the near future when no new mutants have been born in twenty years. As their numbers dwindled, Professor X’s (Patrick Stewart) dreams for a new stage in evolution slowly died. Logan (Hugh Jackman) is carving out a living as a limo driver in a town on the Mexican border and hustling for medication that he smuggles south to the remote, makeshift home he shares with Caliban (Stephen Merchant), nursemaid to a now infirm Professor X. Logan attempts to hide from the world and his legacy. However, when a mysterious woman (Elizabeth Rodriguez) asks for Logan’s help with Laura (Dafne Keen), a young mutant being pursued by dark forces, he is drawn back into action despite his hopelessness.
When we were offered the chance to see Logan at an early screening, most of us called out of work in order to make it inside. When we arrived, all of us discussed the possibilities of Logan and what the R rating could mean for a Wolverine movie. With Deadpool’s success, it’s obvious that the studios producing comic book films would try to jump on the band wagon. However, Fox and James Mangold knock it out of the park with Logan.
From the very begining of the film, we see the action that Wolverine had deserved for the last 17 years. Hugh Jackman and Patrick Stewart are absolutely breathtaking and demand your attention every time they share the screen. Dafne Keen is electric as X-23/Laura and absolutely takes your heart and breaks it by the end of the film.
With Logan half a foot in the grave, he is forced to help young Laura to North Dakota and from there on, we have a great chase film. It all kicks off with Laura absolutely slaughtering a squad of Boyd Holbrook’s goons and walking out with what you think is a ball but quickly is revealed to be a severed head. If you love that type of dark comedy with your Wolverine, Logan is going to satisfy you around every corner. The film has really good pacing throughout the first half and the second half does feel a little long at times. This does not take away from the simple but, beautiful framing by James Mangold and John Mathieson throughout the film. It almost feel like you’re watching a unbelievably composed stage play at times and in a great way that showcases the talent on screen.
The only bad thing we could find with Logan is that it will be Hugh Jackman’s last appearance. Unless Marvel and Fox can swing having Wolverine join the Avengers for some ass kicking and hulk throwing. See Logan this Friday and treat yo-self! We’ll definitely be giving Logan multiple screenings.
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