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There are no words that accurately describe what a monumental film Logan is.  That's not to say that Logan is the greatest movie ever made, but when you compare this movie to the production-line superhero movies that we've grown accustomed to over the past few years, its achievement is all the more significant.  About half way into the movie I had the sudden realisation that I couldn't believe what I was seeing, it was actually hard to believe that they got to make this movie, especially when you compare it to the last appearance of the character is the hugely disappointing, and largely forgettable, X-Men: Apocalypse.  To watch the two of those movies side by side, one would imagine that something monumental happened in the interim, and something did: the massive success of the R-rated Deadpool, which proved the viability of R-rated superhero movies.  That's not to say that Deadpool & Logan are comparable in any way, other than the fact that they share a rating.  Where Deadpool used its rating to make a comically violent and foul-mouthed superhero movie, Logan utilises its rating to present us with an extremely adult-orientated neo-western dystopian drama, owing more to the westerns of yore, then traditional superhero movies. 

The movie itself is a thoroughly satisfying conclusion to Jackman's tenure as Wolverine.  The movie is concerned with legacy, and the way that impacts us as we grow older.  The movie highlights the price that Logan has paid through his many many decades of violent action; the impact of all those he's killed.  The referencing of the 1956 western Shane is particularly poignant throughout the movie, as the line "There's no living with the killing" echoes over the course of the film, and particularly within the character of Logan himself.  Apart from the truly emotional final moments of the film, which, if you have any love or connection to Jackman's character, is sure to tug on your heartstrings, and elicit a tear or two, my favourite scene in the movie is the scene where Laura tells Logan that she has nightmares of being hurt by bad people, to which Logan responds by saying, almost tearfully, that his nightmares are filled with him hurting other people.  It's a simple scene, but extremely powerful in the context of the movie, as we really feel the impact that all Logan's years of violence have brought upon his soul.  This is a man with a blackened heart, filled with murder and violence, who is redeemed only by the love for his daughter Laura. 

Whereas a movie like Deadpool revelled in its violence, Logan, in sharp contrast, explicitly avoids fetishising the violence it presents.  While there is violence, plenty of it, the movie never indulges in the blood splatter, instead accepting the fact that it is the inevitable result of the trajectory of the story; there is no avoiding violence.  When the violence comes, you feel every punch, every hit has a crunch, and every claw draws blood.; nowhere is this brutal form of violence more prevalent than in the climatic battle between Logan & X-24.

All in all, the sense of finality that this movie achieves is truly unique.  In a movie environment of sequels, franchises, and universe-building, where the end is never truly the end, the sense of closure at the end of Logan is something special.  Not since the end of Nolan's Dark Knight trilogy in 2012, which similarly ended a character's journey, has a sense of closure been felt more poignantly.  In a bottomless sea of franchise sequels, it's refreshing to see have movie like Logan have the strength of its convictions to see its character's journey through to its logical conclusion.  

 

R.I.P. the one and only Wolverine, Hugh Jackman

Thank you. 

Who am I?

My name is Stuart Kilmartin, and I hail from Galway, Ireland.

I studied English Literature at NUI Galway (B.A. & M.A.).  Spent many a moon reading Edgar Allan Poe & I can recite Ozymandias, by Percy Shelley, word for word; it's irrelevant, but I'm proud of it.

Deep-rooted passion for all things film and television.  For those who say David Lynch is too obscure, I agree; and yet, I love him.

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