By: Dakotah Jones
When James Mangold’s Logan was announced, there was naturally a lot of intrigue since the first two Wolverine movies were both fairly successful. Having said that, I don’t believe that the audience expected what they got. It was definitely different in comparison to the first two Wolverine installments for a few reasons. First off, the plot is as follows: Wolverine is dying. We don’t know how or why but it’s clear that his abilities as a mutant are beginning to dwindle. While working as a limo driver, he is confronted by a women with a young girl named Laura. The women begs Logan to take them to North Dakota so that they can be safe, to which he agrees since he’s saving enough money to leave Mexico permanently to take care of Professor Xavier. Shortly after he agrees, the woman is killed. Restraining from any spoilers, that’s where it gets really good. It drew a lot of influence from the very successful and critically acclaimed Deadpool, by adding some dark comedy to the screenplay. It also had a much different directing style from the first two, taking on a more “serious” angle, compared to Marvel’s tendency to remain in the realm of comic book flow and artistry. It had far less visual effects, the characters were more believable and had more intrigue than they have in the past. Boyd Holbrook’s character Pierce was great, he was dark, mysterious, and oddly likeable. . .kind of like the Joker but a lot less intense. Hugh Jackman showed a much more emotional side of Wolverine, which most X-Men fans aren’t used to. The verdict: I really enjoyed it. I felt that it is hands down the best Wolverine film out of the three. It’s also the second best X-Men to me, right behind Days of Future Past. It has a very nice balance that I believe anyone who enjoyed the Dark Knight Trilogy can appreciate. It’s a superhero film that still holds all of the qualities of a legitimate film, and that’s harder to do then it seems because Superhero movies are naturally associated with being “childish”. Mangold took all of that out by taking the directing, and writing seriously so that the audience feels emotion other than just watching raw carnage. The characters are awesome, the surprise twists (that’s right, plural) and the directing style are all factors that make this an instant classic. I give it an 8/10 because I believe they could have elaborated more about the character, Laura’s, background and I also hated the ending (no spoilers). I recommend this to anyone who enjoys an awesome superhero flick.
Dakotah Jones, Opinions Editor, Junior 18’. From Brielle, New Jersey. Majoring in MOL W/ Marketing, Minor in English. Football Team, SAAC, Writing Center.