When producer Simon Kinberg called the third Wolverine a ‘different film’, little did we know what he meant. But everything from its name (Logan) to its tone (R-rated) is teasing a superhero film unlike any we’ve seen before. And now, with the movie being released, all bets are off – Let’s head to the quick reviews.
Rolling Stone- By Peter Travers.
Logan is a hard-ass, R-rated rager that explodes with action. But what makes it indelibly raw and touching is the sight of mutant heroes raging against the dying of the light. It’s ironic that Jackman, having a 10th and final go at the career-defining role that made him a star, has never been better or more emotionally alive.
You should expect the most violent showdowns yet in the series, as well as scenes of wrenching emotions. Loosely based on Mark Millar and Steve McNiven’s comic-book Old Man Logan, the script that Mangold wrote with Scott Frank and Michael Green tempers its brutality with a testament to family and a need to belong that crosses borders and bloodlines. Make no mistake, Logan earns its tears. If Jackman and Stewart are serious about this being their mutual X-Men swan song, they could not have crafted a more heartfelt valedictory.
Observer.com – By
Logan is another heinous and sophomoric waste of Hugh Jackman ‘s time and considerable talent and another expensive throwaway aimed at milking money out of people who still read comic books. Color it stupid.
Nothing happens except a lot of chopping, dicing and vomiting, the villains are underwritten and without purpose, the fight scenes have been done a thousand times before, and the direction by James Mangold contains nary a shred of originality. I have to pinch myself to remember he is the same director responsible for Walk the Line, which earned Reese Witherspoon an Oscar as the wife of Johnny Cash. But lest we forget, Mr. Mangold reminds us all over again, with a soundtrack containing not one but two Johnny Cash songs. Worst of all, there’s nothing to further any interest in Hugh Jackman or his character. Logan hobbles around like Walter Brennan and adds so little to the superhero legend that he might as well have phoned it in—which, in several scenes, is exactly what he does. As a crown prince of the stage and screen, there’s nothing he cannot do, but in the silly, labored X-Men movies, there’s nothing he should be doing, either.
Wall Street Journal – By Joe Morgenstern.
The slashing starts early in “Logan”—no surprise, since it’s an R-rated action thriller about Wolverine, also known as Logan, the X-Men character with the tortured psyche and retractable claws. (He is played brilliantly by Hugh Jackman, who first played him 17 years ago.) The great surprise, which reveals itself gradually, lies in the depth and resonance of the drama. Yes, there is violence in abundance, sequences of spectacular mayhem directed in masterly fashion by James Mangold, achieves a narrative grandeur that’s grounded in humanity, even though its superhero is a mutant.
“Logan” was written by Scott Frank, Mr. Mangold and Michael Green. Their script is the crucial ingredient of this impressive production, a model of ambition, complexity and old-fashioned showmanship that’s matched by Mr. Mangold’s direction. Big-budget action thrillers will often take a few time-outs for characterization. This film integrates character and action seamlessly. It is a perfect sendoff for him, and a grand climax for his character, a film that swings freely, even operatically, between incipient tragedy and beckoning hope.
US Weekly – By Mara Reinstein.
Just because a comic book flick takes the dirt road less traveled doesn’t mean it’s a cinematic work of art. A narrative — even a dark one — must still deliver on emotional levels and effortlessly make its point. The villains need to pierce the heart. In that sense, the intense Logan isn’t quite as important as it thinks it is. The film loses its way during the 20-minutes-too-long journey. For all the breathless talk about how Logan transcends the superhero genre, there’s nothing groundbreaking about a road trip movie in which adults try to elude the bad guys to protect a super-special child.
Extreme close ups of the gore — not to mention excessive use of profane language — smacks of macho self-satisfaction. And in the process, Jackman and director James Mangold (The Wolverine) have alienated their core young fans. Jackman, now age 48, still has the bulging biceps of a 30-year-old only with considerably more wear and tear in his face. Here more than ever, the talented actor portrays Logan like a tortured cowboy who’s sacrificed too much of himself for the (mostly) greater good. Indeed, there’s a reason the 1953 Western Shane figures prominently into the plot. There is a crusty heart underneath all those scars. And for that, Logan deserves to ride peacefully into the sunset.
Being a comic fan, for years, I wished that this genre be taken seriously. Well, Logan is very serious, and people should know going in, that this isn’t like any of the other X-Men movies we’ve seen so far. If you thought Deadpool deserved a best film nomination, then let me tell you, Logan is about to get a lifetime achievement.
The violence is as graphic and fully exposed as you can imagine it to be. Which opens the window for the fans to see Wolverine at his full potential – savage when angry. The writing is solid for a superhero film, it really digs deep into these beloved characters, how vulnerable they are, how they long for a world where people would just leave them be. The plot is blatant, it is the detailing that makes it great.
Hugh Jackman plays Logan with such precision and attachment, that if he gets hurt, we get hurt. If he’s mad, we’re mad. If he is sad, we are sad. It is a true testament to Jackman as an actor to make his audience feel this connected to a character, who is completely unrelateable. While many of us are very sad to see Jackman retire, if we look at the brighter side – He couldn’t have picked a better or more satisfying film to end his 17 year cinematic legacy with. It’s a movie that slaps you in the first half and holds you while you cry in the last. (No kidding!)
This movie has everything, yes there is gore and f-bombs, but also a story. James Mangold has taken elements of the acclaimed “Old Man Logan”, and had created a masterpiece. I’m not going to spoil anything here, but suffice it to say that Logan is now THE definitive comic book movie, in my mind, unseating Zack Snyder’s (BvS) Watchmen.