780. Logan

Title: Logan
Director: James Mangold
Year: 2017
Run time: 2hrs 17m

“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 up-ended when a young mutant arrives, being pursued by dark forces.”

Live blog

2:54 – Amazing how much violence can come from simply trying to rob car parts. Awful!
7:35 – “As I live and breathe, the Wolverine. And he’s a junkie now.”
12:19 – That’s a very Star Wars place to live.
17:15 – His claw got stuck!
27:27 – “I’m a glorified truffle pig, not a clairvoyant.”
31:29 – International word for train: chop-choo.
34:46 – Breaks my heart too.
38:52 – This kid is amazing! Claws in the foot too!
43:25 – Like this, Stephen Merchant could totally play Uncle Fester.
49:50 – Parenting a Wolverine seems hard.
57:00 – “Only a quarter of it happened and not like this.”
1:04:00 – Slo mo fight scenes are fun.
1:06:25 – Old man Patrick Stewart is the best.
1:07:30 – Self-driving containers are genius!
1:16:01 – “This is what a life feels like.”
1:25:57 – “You can’t nurture rage.”
1:28:14 – Wolverine has given himself rage.
1:35:30 – Enjoy Wolverine going all Basil Fawlty on a car.
1:46:23 – Wolverine passing out constantly is making me tired.
1:28:23 – Souped up Wolverine is epic.
2:08:33 – “Don’t be what they made you.”
2:11:10 – The cross to a cross, man.

Conclusions

Just as advertised, this was a totally different take on the superhero genre. I had a moment at the start wandering where this fitted into the mess that is the X-Men timeline, but then I sort of had to give that up. James Mangold has said he mostly ignored the universe and just told the story he had to tell, which I think is a bit weird (why enter a universe if you don’t want to engage with it?) but the end result is still a fascinating watch.

The violence is a bit more graphic than I’d anticipated, but it’s tempered by the very real emotions that are scattered through the film. These superheroes were a lot easier to identify with than those that wear capes. It was a little long, the movie, but really very well done. A great sign off for Hugh Jackman, although you’d be crazy to think the Wolverine won’t be back in some form or other.

Rating: 4/5.

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