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Logan (2017) 
Logan - Review
3.5/4 stars

"This is what life looks like. People who love each other. A home. You should take a moment... Feel it".

It's very rare that a X-men (or any superhero movie), could be the hardest thing I've ever progress in terms of my thoughts and feelings. Much hard when writing about it. Heck, I wouldn't even call it a superhero movie, but a mixture of both western and drama in disguise. No one is safe and the stakes are higher than before. While the villains themselves aren't anything I would call "great", but they did felt like a real threat and wasn't too cliché to the story.

Still...

"Logan" is one of the best non superhero movies I've seen in awhile. A sad but satisfying farewell to are fan favorite. A surprising character driven movie with real consequences. A bold and risky film that wouldn't have been made years ago in the hands of FOX. But I think it's the unexpected powerhouse that got me in many ways. Something the previous movies couldn't do.

Much darker and gruesome than I expected. Remember in "X-men: Apocalypse" when Wolverine goes on a full rampage and violently kills all the guards, but most of it was off-screen, even through you can clearly see blood on the walls. Well take that scene and imagine actually seeing him tearing through people. Yeah, it really goes for it and that ain't a bad thing.

Hugh Jackman has portrayed Wolverine for over seventeen years and this is by far his most powerful performance. It's the humanity and the depression of the character we never truly seen. Despite happening around him, Logan's true enemy is himself. Before the end of an era, he learns the meaning of family and being a hero for others. I know this may sound far-fetch, but I would go as far to say that Jackman deserves some award buzz for this. The raw emotion he brought to his scenes without any sloppy music under neath it, is achievement. Jackman will forever be Wolverine and nothing will top that.

Patrick Stewart delivers his last and most heartfelt performance as Charles Xavier. In this movie, he isn't the same Professor X who know and love. He is 90 year old, suffers from dementia, and has a dirty mouth. But at the same time, he's the a father figure to Logan. The scenes between Stewart and Jackman are one of the few highlights of the film.

Dafne Keen was fantastic as Laura/X-23. She captures the characters inner emotions just by her facial expressions that says so much than dialogue. What's more impressive that this is her first major role and already I'm interested of what she dose next.

I have to give major credit to James Mangold for what he brings to this harsh, but beautiful film. I wouldn't say he's an absolute professional when it comes to action scenes and story, but the perfect balance of brutal and bleakness he brought to those scenes was freaking spot on. The Wolverine series have been all over the place in terms of quality and tone, but Mangold finally puts it on his feet. By giving me what I wanted for years and much more.

Overall rating: "Logan" is a special kind of ride that hits you in places you wouldn't expect. I grinned and cried at the right moments. And that last shot was just perfect.

Farewell bub.


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