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Movie Review: Logan (2017) *Farewell, Hugh, and Thanks”

Logan, Wolverine, Hugh Jackman

Seventeen years ago, comic book movies were a dead genre.  In 2000, the first X-Men movie was released and jump-started a renaissance of adaptations.  The franchise succeeded in no small part because the most popular X-Man: Wolverine, was cast to perfection.  Hugh Jackman was an unknown.  He’d done more musicals on-stage than movies on-screen, but from the moment we saw saw him cage fighting in a bar, he owned  the Wolverine in a way that no actor perhaps has ever fully become linked with a fictional character (Bond and Connery and Downey Jr. and Iron Man being the only comparisons I can come up with).  Logan is Jackman’s 9th film as Wolverine and his last.  The film that bears his name is a nearly perfect Wolverine story.  Unlike the PG-13 Logan that had to be leashed for the team films, this is the Wolverine from the comics, and yet, this a Wolverine unlike we’ve ever seen.  It’s unremittingly grim, wonderfully acted, violent and gritty, redemptive and tragic.  After all, Logan’s was a story that was never going to end well. Continue reading Movie Review: Logan (2017) *Farewell, Hugh, and Thanks”