Keep up-to-date on your favourite artists and movies, track gig and release dates, and join in the conversation.
SEARCH RESULTS FOR
New SWITCHCast episode out now! Click here to listen to interviews with 'Rockabul's' Travis Beard and 'Thunder Road's' Jim Cummings.x
review, Logan, Logan, film, movie, latest movies, new movie, movie ratings, current movie reviews, latest films, recent movies, current movies, movie critics, new movie reviews, latest movie reviews, latest movies out, the latest movies, review film, latest cinema releases, Australian reviews, cinema, cinema reviews, Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, Richard E. Grant, Boyd Holbrook, Stephen Merchant, Dafne Keen, James Mangold, Action, Adventure film rating

LOGAN

★★★★

FANTASTICALLY REAL

THEATRICAL REVIEW
LATEST REVIEWS
By Brent Davidson
26th February 2017

It’s the end of an era for one of the Marvel Universe’s most iconic characters - that’s right guys, Hugh Jackman’s now-iconic Wolverine will be no more. But is it in Wolverine’s style to go out with a whimper? Not in the slightest.

It's the not-too-distant future and no new mutants have been born for 20 years. Professor X (Patrick Stewart) is losing his mind, a mind that has been now classed as a weapon of mass destruction. Logan is driving a limo in a town on the Mexican border and is just scraping by - that is, until a mysterious woman with an even more mysterious young girl arrives and throws Logan right back into the world he has been trying so hard to avoid.

'Logan' is, without a doubt, the most realistic Marvel movie I have ever seen. Before you have a go at me about the premise of mutants with powers, that's not the part I'm talking about. It is actually a deeply character-driven narrative, with real emotions, real consequences and a real sense of gravity. Logan is haunted by his past, a past in which he has seen his friends fight and die until it's just him alone with his memories. Dare I say this is probably one of Hugh Jackman’s best performances ever? But the sense of life post-trauma is really there, down to the Adamantium bullet he carries with him at all times. Laura (Dafne Keen) is a wonderful addition to the ensemble, and despite being the youngest member she does a brilliant job – even if it feels like she is channeling a little bit of Eleven from ‘Stranger Things’. My only (very slight) disappointment was the underutilisation of Richard E. Grant, who plays a fantastic bad guy, but wasn’t given much room to really make him a grand baddie that he is just so perfect for!

SWITCH: 'LOGAN' TRAILER 2

It is a beautifully shot film, and unlike most Marvel movies relies very little on huge and impressive computer graphics. This isn’t so much a film about grand battles, but more one man’s struggle with his past and his impact on the future. The score is such a perfect accompaniment as well that we all need to keep an ear out for Marco Beltrami in the future, it is simple, elegant modern and, most of all, effective. I challenge you all to not be moved in certain scenes.

By setting the film on the U.S./Mexican border, you can’t help but wonder about the statement ‘Logan’ is trying to make. It’s all too timely to be a coincidence, and when so much of the plot revolves around crossing borders, you can’t help but muse on the notion that it is up to the older generations to help the younger, more persecuted generations in order to build a stronger, safer future. I wouldn’t be surprised if the next X-Men film we saw focused on some of the child cast; I’ll call it 'X-Men: Generations'.

Logan is haunted by his past, a past in which he has seen his friends fight and die until it's just him alone with his memories.

With an MA rating, Logan’s barely contained violence can come to the forefront and, with swearing and generally darker themes, Marvel can make a film that not only feels like a real fan service but can be considered a good film in its own right. It’s not one to miss, and while it might be the end of one huge part of the Marvel Universe, hopefully it's the beginning of another: along with 'Deadpool', the start of a grittier, more emotionally real direction for the universe to take. I, for one, couldn’t be a happier geek!

FAST FACTS
RELEASE DATE: 02/03/2017
RUN TIME: 2h 17m
CAST: Hugh Jackman
Patrick Stewart
Richard E. Grant
Boyd Holbrook
Stephen Merchant
Dafne Keen
DIRECTOR: James Mangold
WRITERS: James Mangold
Scott Frank
James Mangold
Michael Green
PRODUCERS: Simon Kinberg
Hutch Parker
Lauren Shuler Donner
SCORE: Marco Beltrami
TheWolverineMovie
WolverineMovie
TOP-RATED REVIEWS
Asterix: The Secret of the Magic Potion - An almighty family animation adventure
TRENDINGWIN ASTERIX: THE SECRET OF THE MAGIC POTIONAn almighty family animation adventure
Triple Threat - The world's biggest action stars combined
TRENDINGWIN TRIPLE THREATThe world's biggest action stars combined
Aladdin - A whole new world of suffering
TRENDINGALADDINA whole new world of suffering
NT Live: All About Eve - A powerful stage adaptation of a cinema classic
TRENDINGNT LIVE: ALL ABOUT EVEA powerful stage adaptation of a cinema classic
Top End Wedding - Outback fantastic
TRENDINGTOP END WEDDINGOutback fantastic
2040 - A hopeful look into our environmental future
TRENDING2040A hopeful look into our environmental future
Back of the Net - Misses the net, and then some
TRENDINGBACK OF THE NETMisses the net, and then some
Asterix: The Secret of the Magic Potion - 60 years on, Asterix is as fresh as ever
TRENDINGASTERIX: THE SECRET OF THE MAGIC POTION60 years on, Asterix is as fresh as ever
Yuli - Dancing on a knife's edge
TRENDINGYULIDancing on a knife's edge
My Big Gay Italian Wedding - A ridiculously fun love story
TRENDINGMY BIG GAY ITALIAN WEDDINGA ridiculously fun love story
The Heiresses - An escape from the gilded cage of privilege
TRENDINGTHE HEIRESSESAn escape from the gilded cage of privilege
Undermined: Tales from the Kimberley - Asks urgent questions that demand answers
TRENDINGUNDERMINED: TALES FROM THE KIMBERLEYAsks urgent questions that demand answers
River's Edge - The kids aren't alright
TRENDINGRIVER'S EDGEThe kids aren't alright
Rockabul - Changing minds through music
TRENDINGROCKABULChanging minds through music
Buffy - A 20th anniversary love letter
TRENDINGBUFFYA 20th anniversary love letter
Gallipoli - A powerful and important film remembered
TRENDINGGALLIPOLIA powerful and important film remembered
The Wind - A paranoid Western nightmare
TRENDINGTHE WINDA paranoid Western nightmare
Here Comes Hell - High society British horror
TRENDINGHERE COMES HELLHigh society British horror
In Fabric - The best worst film ever?
TRENDINGIN FABRICThe best worst film ever?
Mean Girls - 15 years of fetch
TRENDINGMEAN GIRLS15 years of fetch
© 2011 - 2019 midnightproductions
All rights reserved

Support SWITCH | Disclaimer | Contact Us