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I know it's been two years since this movie has come up, but if you haven't seen it yet, let me just say: this is not your average superhero movie. In fact, it hardly feels like a superhero movie. Instead, it feels more like a Western, Neo Noir thriller reminiscent of No Country for Old Men, except with superpowers and way more violence.
Hugh Jackman has always been the defining Wolverine, but here he demonstrates Oscar-worthy talent, bringing nuance and grit permitted by the film's darker tone. Creator/Patrick Stewart does fantastic as usual as Professor X in an incredibly sad role for the venerable X-Man as he slowly succumbs to dimentia. Luckily, he also provides some surprisingly Funny Moments to this otherwise gritty tale. Newcomer Dafne Keen is an absolute badass as Laura/X-23 and her fight scenes with Wolverine are a sight to behold.
And speaking of fight scenes, this movie does not hold back. Already earning its R-rating in the opening scene that shows Wolverine is still more than capable of defending himself, the violence in this movie is absolutely brutal! Seriously, there are a lot of impalements and decapitations in this movie, so viewer's discretion advised.
Everything else about this movie is perfect. The storyline is simple yet incredibly easy to get invested in. The characters are nuanced and likable, even the surprisingly charismatic Donald Pierce. As mentioned above, the action sequences are brutally awesome. Even the worldbuilding is incredibly intriguing. And the ending...definitely gonna need some tissues.
The only thing I had against its movie was its other methods of earning its R-rating, aside from the violence. I've read the original Old Man Logan comic, and it does not hold back at all either, so the violence is understandable. However, the overuse of Cluster F-Bombs along with an incredibly unnecessary scene of Fanservice were a little bit off-putting since you could tell they placed them in to ensure this movie isn't for kids.
10/10 Without a doubt one of the best superhero movies to date.
This movie is amazing. It is brutal, violent and R-Rated, but unlike Deadpool, it isn't a Crazy Awesome, CG-based, comedic romp. It's grim, dour, and scary.
In other words, it's the Wolverine movie we needed. It captures the horror of being Wolverine, the horror of fighting Wolverine, and the horror of merely being near a mutant. Essentially, mutants are extinct.
However, what makes it much better is how, despite its brutality and horror, it's a Tear Jerker at its finest, with Logan and Laura becoming almost like a father and daughter. Despite its grim attitude, their parental relationship is both adorable and, at some points, funny.
Not to mention outstanding writing and acting, which makes you genuinely care about the characters. Even the newcomers are extremely easy to care about. The family they spend the night with? You'll care about them. The woman who starts the whole plot? You'll care about her.
Oh, and while nobody else will mention it because it's so tragic, the villains are really, really convincing, and, in the case of Pierce, downright cool at times. They pull off being sinister and realistic at the same time. Nothing like Apocalypse.
10/10. The best X-Men movie. It deserves an Academy Award, even though it likely won't win one.
The X-Men films have always been a guilty pleasure for me. If I was being objective I'd say none would be above 80% for me (not even the fan favourite, First Class). It's usually the same issues... the stakes are so high they can't possibly fail, they often spend too much time showing off the mutant powers, sometimes the mutant powers are a little cheesy or contrived, splitting screen time among a wide cast of characters means someone is always underdeveloped. A lot of the time the mutant powers are so grandiose they come off as being cheesy, and overly-reliant on CG.
It's close, personal, the stakes are real. Logan is trying to run away from his past yet is tied down by it.
The fights are brutal, and they need to be. It's a reminder of the brutality that Logan has to sink back into, and the shit he's done in the past isn't PG-13. The fights happen in melee range, and every slash and every bullet is felt.
Laura is played very well... She is innocent and naive half the time, you forget she's a murderous rage ball.
They sprinkle in a few Easter eggs about the past movies without dwelling on them. They hint at a cataclysmic event for mutants without stopping the film to talk about it. There's enough to spark your imagination without bogging the film down.
This is the kind of film that X-men Origins should have been. We don't need to save the planet to care. We don't need giant robots or a new world order. No grand philosophical or political ideologies. It's about one man, his personal beliefs, and his personal struggle.
This is the one x-men film I would legitimately call a great movie, no nostalgia or guilty pleasure. 90, maybe 95%.
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