‘Logan’ Movie Review Roundup: More Than A Superhero Movie
The movie Logan, starring Hugh Jackman, has been getting smashing reviews.
The film, directed by James Mangold, is based on a Marvel comic book featuring the character Wolverine. The film is the tenth installment in the X-Men series. The synopsis of the movie reads: “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.”
Logan hit the theaters only yesterday, but critics are already speculating it could be nominated for best picture next year. The picture has grossed $38 million worldwide.
“Logan is good enough that you might forget it’s a comic-book movie. It’s another entry in the tireless X-Men saga but doesn’t play like a retread or an ad for the next installment; instead, it plays, looks and sounds like a movie — an old- school meets new-school pulp filled with intimations of mortality, and raw, ugly violence.” – A. O. Scott, The New York Times
“Logan is the first superhero movie since The Dark Knight to have a strong chance of being considered among the contenders for Best Picture, come Oscar time in early-2018. It could hypothetically also be considered a contender for some other awards, including Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor, too. We’ve had many great superhero movies over the years, but it takes a certain type and tone, a certain quality, a certain combination of factors — including directing, acting, scripting, and so on — to really be a serious contender. We’ve only had a very few that ever seemed to have a serious chance, and Logan joins those ranks because it’s one of the best of the best.” – Mark Hughes, Forbes
“This is a grimly violent movie, filled with vicious stabbings, frequent profanity, and a general sense of fatalism. It’s also quite good, selling itself as a Peckinpah-inspired Western about an old gunslinger riding out on one more doomed quest for glory. It would have been easy for Logan to retread the character’s greatest hits in another epic superhero battle, or to delight in the newly available levels of gore. It opts for something different, and it largely works, giving Jackman a worthy final chapter to hang his claws on.” – David Sims, The Atlantic
“As a movie, Logan takes a cue from its hero’s slowed-down metabolism of invincibility. Directed by James Mangold, whose last feature was The Wolverine (2013) — one of the most dynamic entries in the X-Men cosmos — the new film doesn’t try to be a shoot-the-works, how-crazy-are-his-powers grand finale. It’s a scruffy dystopian road Western that takes its time in a way that most slam-bang superhero movies don’t. And the analog pace and elemental story work for it.” – Owen Gleiberman, Variety