Logan Movie Review Roundup
The reviews are in.
With still a few weeks to go before it's due in theaters, reviews for Fox's newest Wolverine movie, Logan, started to show up today. To help you get an idea for if the movie is worth your time and money, we've collected some excerpts from reviews and posted them into a roundup.
Unlike the previous Wolverine movies, Logan is rated R. Wolverine actor Hugh Jackman said he took a pay cut so the movie could get the Restricted rating; Fox executives said they were worried the movie might be boring.
For more on the critical reaction to Logan, go to GameSpot sister site Metacritic.
- Film: Logan
- Release Date: March 3
- Starring: Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, Boyd Holbrook, Dafne Keen, Stephen Merchant, Richard E. Grant
- Directed By: James Mangold
- Rating: R
- Runtime: 135 minutes
"Logan continually subverts your expectations, but in its impactful ending, it still somehow feels like the only way the movie--and Wolverine's long journey--could end. This is a film that elevates its genre, succeeding precisely because it's different, and because it strives to be the Wolverine movie fans have always wanted to see. Logan is a must-watch, and is not only a wonderful superhero movie, but a wonderful movie in its own right." -- Randolph Ramsay [Full review]
"It's Jackman who holds Logan together and gives the film its glimmer of soul. He has been playing this role, more or less nonstop, for 18 years, but he seems startlingly not bored by it. Better still, he’s a more refined actor now than when he started, and in Logan he gets to play something rare in comic-book cinema: a powerhouse of animal rage who is slowly, agonizingly slipping away. By the end of the movie, he gets his muttonchops back and reminds you, once more, of what's great about this character--his hellbent quality, embodied in those flesh-ripping kills that are his way of making good on a mutant destiny he never asked for.
"No X-Men movie will ever be great (the material is too derivative), but Jackman, though he's the Superman of the bunch, has gone deeper into the alienation than any other mutant in the series. The end of Logan is genuinely touching, as Jackman lets you feel the character's strength and pain, and-- finally--his release." -- Owen Gleiberman [Full review]
The Hollywood Reporter
"Even as the film's energy drains in the later going, much like Logan's healing powers, and long after the fight scenes have lapsed into overkill, Jackman makes his superhero the real deal. The actor, who reportedly conceived the basic thrust of the story, takes the ever-conflicted Logan/Wolverine to full-blooded depths, and the result is a far more cohesive and gripping film than his previous collaboration with Mangold, 2013's The Wolverine." -- Sheri Linden [Full review]
"Yes, the Wolverine movie without 'Wolverine' in the title is definitely the best one yet: grown-up, ballsy, character-driven and grounded. It feels right that it should be the last one, but it also feels a bit of a shame." -- Dan Jolin [Full review]
"The themes of Logan are ragingly topical, pointing in the direction of things that every decent American should care about right now. But themes aren't feelings or attributes or actions; they're almost not even ideas. They're not the explosions that shake you to the core, like the thunder of unease you feel after you've watched a movie like Alfonso Cuaron's Children of Men, or that picture's natural predecessor, Ingmar Bergman's Shame. They're just things you make movies about.
"The great political movies of our time are yet to be made, and they will come. Logan, by either luck or prescience or some combination of both, feels political, but it's really just business as usual in the comic-book-movie game. It sounds the alarm about how dark the world really is, as if we were incapable of reading between the panels on our own." -- Stephanie Zacharek [Full review]
"Logan is in many ways an emotional, heavy picture, but it's also an uplifting one that reminds us that it's okay to fight for something more, something better. It's an amazing swan song for the Wolverine character, and for Jackman, and perhaps the best X-Men movie yet." -- Scott Collura [Full review]
"Jackman has never been short on machismo, muscles or charisma in this role, and he brings all those to bear, plus a lot of heart, giving the surly icon a sendoff fans won’t soon forget." -- Brian Truitt [Full review]
"Of all the X-Men movies to date, it's the saddest and most serious, and the one that most challenges the familiar ideas of superhero narratives. But its uniqueness and its complete devotion to tragedy makes it feel like the most adult story this film series has ever told. The weight of graphic, grotesque violence hangs over the entire movie. But the daring emotional violence lingers longer, well after the lights go down on the final shot." -- Tasha Robinson [Full review]
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