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Went to see Logan yesterday. I had already read tweets claiming it was the "best X-men film to date" which, to be honest, is not the highest of bars to leap over.  After seeing it, I would go much further with my praise. It doesn't really have the feel of a comic book film at all. This leaves both Spider-man 2 and The Dark Knight  in the dust in this respect...

To me, it feels more like a post-apocalyptic film (a genre that seems to get more critical praise, or at least scrutiny, incidentally.)  You have a small group of people, last of their kind, making the journey to Eden. This is the trope found in that genre. Death and bleakness, found also in Westerns, is evident from the Johnny "Man in Black" Cash songbook and the inclusion of Elizabeth Rodriguez best known from the show Orange is the New Black! (Sure, possibly a coincidence but if not? Sweet!) Just because it includes characters from comic, I'm pretty sure award voters will not see it in this respect and that's too bad. This morning, I found this bit of trivia on IMDB:

"Hugh Jackman was hungover when he came up with the idea for "Logan". When he was done doing press for the film "Chappie" (2015) director Neill Blomkamp asked what was next for Wolverine and Hugh had no idea currently. After having a few glasses of wine he fell asleep, woke up at 4 in the morning and grabbed a recorder and summed up that Wolverine 3 would be a mix of "Unforgiven" (1992), "The Wrestler" (2008) and "Shane" (1953). These 3 movies would be the basis of the story/idea/theme behind the next (and last) Wolverine film".

While that's certainly what came out, and yes, I've seen all three of these movies, here is the perfect place to discuss  the AWESOME performance of Dafne Keene as Laura; who I'd love to see slit that whiny brat from Shane from stem to stern but that's just me...  For the uninitiated, in just her first fight scene, she showed she's a better Wolverine than Hugh Jackman himself. Granted, he's too damn tall to flip around, kill a bunch of cyborg bikers, and enter the car through the sunroof but she also showed her strong sense of smell that both Wolverine and her character, also known as X-23, shown all the time in cartoons but Hugh really doesn't do as well. (This is admittedly one of those things you didn't know you missed until you're reminded...)  But how will she return in future movies like X-Forcce? Remember, both both Hugh and director James Mangold have said this is an alternate reality. Also, when has Fox given a shit about continuity anyway? Don't recast Fox!

I'd be a horrible Star Trek  fan if I didn't comment on Patrick Stewart's performance before I go. For the first time in these X-Men  movies he brought the same goods as he did from the Next Generation episodes "Sarek," "Chain of Command" ("There are FOUR lights!") and of course, First Contact ("We must draw the line here, no further!")


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