I was really looking forward to "Logan", hoping that they would finally be able to get a standalone Wolverine movie right. Unfortunately, I didn't find this to be the case, as I did not enjoy "Logan".
The film offers some interesting character development through the use of the family dynamic between Logan, Professor X, and Laura. Comedic relief was incorporated smoothly throughout the film, especially by Patrick Stewart. I also thought that some of the fight scenes were well-choreographed, such as those involving Laura. That is what I liked about the film.
I thought that the rest of the film was a mess. The film really drags, and the plot is rather predictable. The film never really seemed to figure out what it wanted to be. It switched between a Western-like film, a superhero action, an artsy metaphor, and a crime thriller akin to "Sicario" throughout the film, creating a jarring effect. There are also some plot elements that were relatively amateurish in nature. For example, one character was named Caliban. Yes, I do know that he was an actual character from the comics, however, his name completely revealed his storyline to me. It's like giving the name Juliet to a romantic interest. The film tried to force in religious commentary that just didn't work. There were also some references to the series that were very cringe-inducing.
The execution of the film was also a lot rougher than I expected given its reviews. The three main actors, Jackman, Stewart, and Keen, are all very good, but the rest of the supporting actors aren't particularly good at all. The cinematography and editing were absolutely awful. The fight scenes were edited far too erratically, and the camera was just way too shaky. The cinematography in the seizure parts were also extremely weird. The film also ran into the issue of overdoing its R-rating. I was a full supporter of an R-rated Wolverine movie, as the comics were more brutal than a PG-13 rating allows, but this film seemed to go over-the-top for the sake of being edgy. F-bombs were slipped in all over the place in an unnatural way. There was a scene forced in with nudity. Even the violence, which was the reason that the film should have been R in the first place, wasn't executed well. The most well-executed of the brutal violence isn't lingered on, but the violence that is, such as the decapitations, looks horrible, like it was done with extremely bad CGI.
Overall, I was extremely disappointed with "Logan", but it is definitely possible that the film just didn't match my tastes. I was really hoping that this would be the Wolverine movie that we were all waiting for.
Big Tuna's Rating: D+
How Did I Watch It?: In theaters.
Had I Seen It Before?: No.
Would I Watch It Again?: I doubt it.
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