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Why ‘Logan’ Is The Best Comic Book Film

An Adaptation That Respects Its Characters

Comic book films are everywhere these days. With that comes a lot of success. From The Dark Knight (2008) to The Avengers (2012) to Spider-Man: Into The SpiderVerse (2018), these types of films have proven to be quite a hit among audiences and critics alike. 

One movie that stands out from the rest is none other than Logan (2017). It follows a disgraced Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) and Charles Xavier (Patrick Stewart) who go on the run with a mysterious young girl named Laura, who possesses similar powers to Logan’s. Out of all of the comic book adaptations out there, Logan is the best one there is. 

The Story Is Compelling And Emotional 

The plot is pretty straightforward. The characters are on the run and must reach a destination in time while being pursued by a group of villains who work for Transigen, a scientific group responsible for creating mutant children.

Not only is this kind of story already interesting but combine that with the ‘lone wolf and cub’ of Logan and Laura, and it suddenly gets more engaging. The film does a good job at keeping the stakes high with an aging and sick Wolverine who is slowly losing his powers as he is on his last leg while trying to protect this strange girl with his DNA. There are high-tense scenes of the villains nearly capturing Laura and there is always a sense of time running out as they are pursued throughout the film.

While all that is great, it is the emotional moments that ultimately drive this film. Seeing Logan’s journey of taking care of a dying Professor X while suddenly becoming a father heightens the emotional weight of the film. His relationships with Charles and Laura are at the center of the film and are both written beautifully. He and Laura in particular have some of the best emotional moments in the movie. That said, the stuff with Logan and Charles is also very grounding. The audiences can feel the long history of the two, even if they haven’t seen the other X-Men films. That’s how well-written this movie is. It can act as a standalone story and serve as the final Wolverine film.

The Action Scenes Are Amazing 

This is the first Wolverine film, as well as the first movie in the X-Men franchise, to have an R-rating, so the director James Mangold was allowed to create a brutal and bloody Wolverine. A Wolverine whose enemies would run from in fear.

The fight scenes are gruesome, with both Logan and Laura tearing bad guys apart left and right. It adds a sense of realism and increases the stakes with the main characters being expendable. The way the action is filmed is also well done. The shots can show off everything and cut away at just the right moment. The final sequence in the forest as Logan is charging through the woods in pursuit of armed mercenaries is some of the best action in any comic book film period. Viciously, he tears into his enemies as they attempt to kidnap a group of mutant children. 

Things only get worse when a younger, more dangerous clone of Wolverine shows up, bringing him face to face with the literal shadow of his past in a fateful war against himself. This film is tragic and heavy-hitting, but that is what makes it so great.

The Acting Is Fantastic 

While the story and action are both magnificent, the acting is truly delightful. Hugh Jackman and Patrick Stewart give their best performances in the X-Men series as an older Logan deals with adamantium poisoning and Charles battles with the severity of his psychic prowess turning on him. Dafne Keen also does as well as Laura. She primarily is mute throughout the film but the actor conveys so much through her expressions. When she does finally speak, it is done so in a more soft-spoken way, which Keen excels at. The supporting characters Caliban (Stephen Merchant), Donald Pierce (Boyd Holbrooke), and Dr. Zander Rice (Richard E. Grant) also are enjoyable to watch for what time they are given. Going further with the villains’ performances with Holbrooke and Grant, they each do fine art distinguishing themselves from each other. They are not stereotypical cartoon villains. They are evil people, but they are different from each other. Holbrooke gives off a more charismatic evil performance as Donald Pierce, while Grant’s Dr. Zander Rice is more subtle. When all is said and done, the acting in Logan is extremely easy to watch.

The Legacy of Logan 

Logan takes a lot of inspiration from the Old Man Logan comic book, but at the end of the day, there are not many comic book films that do it like this. It adds something new to the characters, but in a way that feels natural, flowing with what came before. The film was even nominated for best-adapted screenplay at the Oscars, the first time any comic book film ever got a nomination in that category. It may not have won, but that level of recognition is still quite an accomplishment given the roots of the story. It shows that some comic book films can be seen as more than just money-making machines. Overall, Logan is a work of art and despite Hugh Jackman reprising his role in the upcoming Deadpool 3 (2024), this still works as a sendoff to the character of Wolverine. 

Logan is available for streaming on Disney+.

Logan Official 20th Century Studios Trailer

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