Synopsis (from Twentieth Century Fox): In the near future, a weary Logan cares for an ailing Professor X in a hide out on the Mexican border. But Logan's attempts to hide from the world and his legacy are upended when a young mutant arrives, being pursued by dark forces.
This movie has been billed as Hugh Jackman's last time portraying one of Marvel's most famous and iconic heroes. If this is indeed his last time it was a great sendoff and one that was highly enjoyable in my honest opinion. From the very beginning of the movie, you can tell that this particular outing has a very different feel and tone than anything in the X-Men film universe. Most comic fans will tell you that if there is one thing lacking from these movies it is the lack of showing what made mutants feared. This movie shows you why in great detail. The "R" rating is needed for the type of story that is being told. Visually the movie looks great and the story, for the most part, is tight. The violence in the movie, while brutal doesn't go over the top. What I mean is in reference to Logan's abilities it doesn't go over the top. I think it goes without saying that there is dismemberment in this film and a lot of it. I was finally happy to see Logan go berserk multiple times in the movie and it was portrayed in the right way. Every character in here brings their A game and it shows in the final product. Dafne Keene, who plays Laura/X-23, is awesome in this film. A large part of the film she doesn't speak and she does a great job carrying scenes and showing emotion. There isn't much else I can say without spoiling some things. Needless to say, this film is really well done.
That being said there are a few things that I didn't like. While I did like the Reavers, especially Pierce, I didn't like the "big bad" that they had to go up against. Logan has quite the extensive villains gallery. Many of which have not been used on film. I would have used one of those characters and just tailored the story to fit whichever character they decided to use. I also don't like how they used the Reavers in this film. They used them like just fodder for Logan and Laura to cut through and dismember. It would have been nice to show them as an actual force to be reckoned with instead of "cool-looking-military-guys-that-are-so-dead-before-the-end-of-this-movie" cliches.
Like Deadpool, this is R-rated for a reason. There are foul language and a ton of violence and gore. I know the X-Men films are PG-13 but this ain't an X-Men movie. This one ain't for the kiddies. The movie runs at about 2 hours and 15 minutes but is paced well. I didn't feel the time at all. Also, make sure you get there on time as there is a special Deadpool teaser at the beginning of the movie.
I give this a FULL PRICE. It is a very well done movie and is a great sendoff for Hugh Jackman. I hope the next person to play the character of Wolverine does a great job as Hugh left some pretty big shoes to fill. Have you seen the movie? What did you think about it? Let me know in the comments and thanks for reading.
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