5 Mar 2017

Logan: Quality Summer Entertainment

Logan is easily among the best of the X-Men film series so far. The X-Men movies have all either been either good, lukewarm and underwhelming, but Logan cuts above the rest for its grittiness and execution. Some films seem almost gifted with rhythm and cohesion, Logan is that movie for most of its running time.

Mortal heroes 
With an apocalyptic and a looming mutant extinction setting, Logan is a dark, edgy comic book adaptation. This is the most identifiable and connectable of all X-Men movies.

That Wolverine/Logan is dying, his wounds not healing fast enough, that Professor Charles Xavier is down with degenerative nerve disease, is a believable human connect. One promptly relates to this mortality, decline concept, as compared to the usual invincibility scenario.

Impressive action sequences
The opening hour is an arresting, lingering, slow-burner. An engaging mimic of Hollywood westerns’ pathos suits the film’s sober mood. The proceedings have a cool Clint Eastwood (Sergio Leone trilogy) shade in the early scenes.

The action sequences are sparingly and cleverly placed.One particular action set-piece lights up the first half, involving gun-wielding intruders, a fleeing car entangled in barb wire, a train and murderous steel claws. From then on the tempo seldom slackens.

Performances rock!
Hugh Jackman has covered a huge acting curve since his first appearance as Wolverine. He plays Logan with a mature, abuse-ridden distress, snarling, growling, living the role. His dialogue delivery is right down perfect and damn effective. Dafne Keen is a steal as Laura, the young enigmatic mutant kid. Her performance adds sparkle and unpredictability to the film's standout moments. Patrick Stewart as Prof Xavier is an absolute hoot. This is a cast that is clearly enjoying itself.

Ample engaging moments 
The gruesome violence is no poetry for this A (aptly rated) certification movie. The repetitive in-your-face, decapitating violence pulls down the film a few notches. But as two heroes succumb to their graves and a new mutant tribe seeks refuge, the entertainment benchmark hits way above average.

Logan is a sci-fi action drama with oodles of thrilling moments. If you an X-Men film series fan, this is a must watch. A deserving summer blockbuster in the making.

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