Logan (2017)

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Starring: Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, Dafne Keen, Boyd Holbrook, Stephen Merchant, Elizabeth Rodriguez, Richard E. Grant

Plot: In the near future, a weary Logan cares for an ailing Professor X somewhere on the Mexican border. However, Logan’s attempts to hide from the world and his legacy are upended when a young mutant arrives, pursued by dark forces (IMDB.com).

Rating: 8/10

Overall: I feel like the X-Men films have been struggling for the past few years. While I’m a huge X-Men fan, I haven’t been impressed by any of the Logan/Wolverine films that have been released. For Logan, I think this was a great step forward for the X-Men franchise. I think it delved into different terrain in the sense of other mutant experimentation/creation, a new generation of mutants, the children of mutants, the possibility of death of a mutant like Logan – whose “power” is to self-heal. I also thought it was an interesting concept to bring in the perspective of ailing mutants – mutants, like humans, can age, can die, and can fall a victim to disease. I suppose I had a few problems with the plot, specifically the relationship between Logan and the girl, as well as the role of/relationship of Caliban. His mutation wasn’t really explored, exposed or explained. I just felt it could’ve been developed a little better to create a cohesiveness to the plot. Overall, I think if X-Men can keep producing films like this and upwards, I think they’re on the mend.

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