by Nile Fortner
You know something; time really does fly by when you’re not thinking about it. It feels like just the other day the year 2000 was here. In the year 2000, we saw the birth of Britney Spears with “Oops!…I Did It Again”, the fear of Y2K, crop tops and low – rise pants for women, and spiked bleached hair for boys and men.
I remember those days. The days of playing video games on PlayStation 2, putting batteries in my CD player and Game Boy, and sh*tting my baggy pants. All at the beautiful age of 45. I’m just kidding. To be honest, I don’t remember much about this era, because I was only six years old at the time.
I’ll tell you what I do remember though. I remember seeing the kickoff of the big budget superhero film genre. I remember being a little kid with my parents at the theater. I remember the kick off of the X- Men film franchise.
The X – Men film franchise has had a total of 10 movies.
- X – Men (2000)
- X2: X- Men United (2003)
- X – Men: The Last Stand (2006)
- X – Men Origins: Wolverine (2009)
- X – Men: First Class (2011)
- The Wolverine (2013)
- X – Men: Days of Future Past (2014)
- Deadpool (2016)
- X – Men: Apocalypse (2016)
And now the 10th film in the franchise, Logan. And that’s not all. Studios are still planning Deadpool 2, another X – Men film (possibly a spin off), and they have a spin off television series called Legion, that follows the son of Professor Xavier. So overall, these mutants have been pretty damn busy the last few years.
The film franchise has been known for always having a PG -13 rating. That was until Deadpool came out and was Rated R. That is when studios realized that certain superheroes can be Rated R and still make money and loved by fans. That is why Logan took a risk and is Rated R in a PG – 13 franchise.
I use to tell people that before the X – Men film franchise begun, before being Rated R was cool, there was another Marvel superhero film that was Rated R, called Blade. As much as I love that movie, I can now see where other people are coming from. They are stating that it was Deadpool, a property that was already attached to a mainstream franchise, that was deeply rooted in PG – 13 territory. So some people see Deadpool as 20th Century Fox opening the door for Logan.
In this film, Wolverine…actually let me stop there. He is no longer going by the name Wolverine. He is a man now, an old man, he is old man Logan.
Logan is directed by James Mangold (The Wolverine). It’s set in the future, where mutants are very rare in society. In the future, where a weary, old, depressed, Logan (Hugh Jackman) takes care of an ill Professor X (Patrick Stewart) in Mexico. Logan wants to hide from the world, until a young mutant arrives. A young mutant that is wanted by Donald Pierce (Boyd Holbrook). This young mutant, Laura a.k.a X -23 (Dafne Keen) is the daughter of Logan. The professor and Logan want to get X -23 to a safe haven for mutants called Eden, before Pierce gets a hold of her, and uses her for a dark plan.
Hugh Jackman has also stated that this is his last portrayal, his last stand as the iconic comic book character Wolverine. Which for me, he will always be Wolverine. He can sing and tap-dance all he wants on Broadway. I’ll be that one guy in the crowd yelling, “Bring out the claws, bub!”
Now you have 20th Century Fox taking a huge risk with not only this character, but with this franchise as well. If you are thinking that you are getting another comic book movie that follows the same pattern as the others. Believe me, you are getting something new and refreshing in the superhero/comic book genre. This is something the genre has been needing for a long time.
One of the many problems people, including myself, had with the last X – Men movie, X – Men: Apocalypse, was it was more of the same. I did enjoy that movie; on the other hand, I do believe it is one of the weaker films in the series.
Mainly because it is the whole generic bad guy, and the good guys will win. When the most exciting thing about an X – Men film is Olivia Munn jumping into the air, and slicing a car in half with her swords, I think you may have a problem.
I also feel like this film is even telling the audience on screen that this is not a typical superhero film. In the film, Logan picks up an X – Men comic book, he talks about how this comic book isn’t like us, and it didn’t happen like this.
In this world, even though he is Wolverine, everything that made him Wolverine is fading away. His claws don’t come out like they use to, he is weary, sick, he doesn’t heal as fast as he use to, the other members of the X – Men are dead, and he is ready to sail off into the sunset.
These films usually deal with mutants. However, this is the most human movie in the history of the series. This film pulls back on budget, GGI, and really gives the best character driven film in the franchise.
This is honestly the most depressing film in the series. It’s almost like this film doesn’t even like their main character. It’s sad to see what Wolverine has come to. He saved the world, has traveled back in time, and has been a hero for people and mutants. Now he is miserable, sick, has thoughts of suicide, he is dirty, and he has a job as a limousine driver, driving teenagers to prom.
It’s like calling an Uber one day, and a rusty old car comes pulling in and it’s a big name celebrity. “So Idris, are researching a character for a future role as an Uber driver?” Idris, “Yeah, I’m researching on Google Maps where you need to go!”
Also, the professor once was a wise man, giving words of wisdom, and trying to create peace for both humans and mutants. Now, he yells, acts crazy, and much like Wolverine, it is sad to see what he has become. Even though later on in the film, he reconnects with Logan, and his true self/purpose.
Accordingly, this movie is Rated R with a purpose. It isn’t Rated R to show you more guts, more blood, more profanity and more nudity. It’s not like the “Rated R” version of Batman v Superman. Where Batman drops an F – bomb just because. To me that is not really being edgy or taking a chance. Taking a chance is making a project Rated R to challenge the characters morals, have character development, and go in a new direction for a story. Which this film does wonderfully.
This movie is more of a drama, but this movie has a lot of action to. When Wolverine goes berserk, I’m telling you, that son of a b*tch goes berserk, buck wild, and he loses his mind!
Claws exit out of people’s faces, skulls, and this is the most brutal I’ve seen Wolverine. X – 23 is also a real hardcore bad ass as well. Sometimes she out shines Wolverine in the fight scenes.
She is only eleven in the movie, but she is a great actress. Most of the time she stays quiet. She has to show us her feelings through facial expressions, which she captures those emotions very well. When she does speak, both English and Spanish, you can tell she is delivering her lines with passion. She has so much emotional weight to carry, and for this little girl it seems like the weight wasn’t too heavy. She also has some funny scenes as well.
Is this Movie an Adaptation of the Old Man Logan Comic Series?
No. I love the Old Man Logan comics that Mark Millar (Wanted, Kick – Ass) created. If you are coming into the movie thinking you are getting that comic in a movie, unfortunately you aren’t.
The only similarity between the comic book and this movie is that Wolverine is old.
The End of an Era for the X – Men?
As much as I loved the series, I do not think this will be the last of these mutants. Even though this movie ended so beautifully, it wouldn’t bother me at all if this was the last film in the franchise. I love the way the film ends. Even though it was a little depressing, it was a nice send off for Jackman, it ended where if the movies want to, they can possibly create a spin off, and it seemed to put everything to rest in positive way.
Is this my favorite X – Men movie? Well it depends on how you look at it. It is my favorite character driven movie of the series. But my favorite movies in this franchise are still X2 and X – Men: First Class.
I do believe the villain is a little weak, and when the villain creates someone with Wolverine likeness to fight off against the real Wolverine, I feel like that was a little flat. Personally, I would have liked to see Saber tooth come back.
The movie has well developed characters, it’s a change in the genre, it’s action packed, funny, and it’s a perfect send off for Jackman. Thank you Hugh. I believe Logan earns…
4 out of 5 Hairpieces!
So those are my thoughts on the new film Logan. Also, what is your favorite X – Men film, and what are some of your favorite R Rated superhero films? I’m interested in what you guys and gals have to say. Some of my favorite R Rated comic book movies are Kick –Ass, Sin City, Dredd, Blade, Kingsman, 30 Days of Night, and Watchmen.
That being said, thank you all for reading and or viewing, and I hope you all have an X – cellent day as always. 🙂
P.S. Has anyone seen my Game Boy and a pair of batteries?