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780. Logan

Published August 26, 2017

Title: Logan Director: James Mangold Year: 2017 Run time: 2hrs 17m

“In the near future, a weary Logan cares for an ailing Professor X in a hide out on the Mexican border. But Logan’s attempts to hide from the world and his legacy are up-ended when a young mutant arrives, being pursued by dark forces.”

Live blog

2:54 - Amazing how much violence can come from simply trying to rob car parts. Awful! 7:35 - “As I live and breathe, the Wolverine. And he’s a junkie now.” 12:19 - That’s a very Star Wars place to live. 17:15 - His claw got stuck! 27:27 - “I’m a glorified truffle pig, not a clairvoyant.” 31:29 - International word for train: chop-choo. 34:46 - Breaks my heart too. 38:52 - This kid is amazing! Claws in the foot too! 43:25 - Like this, Stephen Merchant could totally play Uncle Fester. 49:50 - Parenting a Wolverine seems hard. 57:00 - “Only a quarter of it happened and not like this.” 1:04:00 - Slo mo fight scenes are fun. 1:06:25 - Old man Patrick Stewart is the best. 1:07:30 - Self-driving containers are genius! 1:16:01 - “This is what a life feels like.” 1:25:57 - “You can’t nurture rage.” 1:28:14 - Wolverine has given himself rage. 1:35:30 - Enjoy Wolverine going all Basil Fawlty on a car. 1:46:23 - Wolverine passing out constantly is making me tired. 1:28:23 - Souped up Wolverine is epic. 2:08:33 - “Don’t be what they made you.” 2:11:10 - The cross to a cross, man.

Conclusions

Just as advertised, this was a totally different take on the superhero genre. I had a moment at the start wandering where this fitted into the mess that is the X-Men timeline, but then I sort of had to give that up. James Mangold has said he mostly ignored the universe and just told the story he had to tell, which I think is a bit weird (why enter a universe if you don’t want to engage with it?) but the end result is still a fascinating watch.

The violence is a bit more graphic than I’d anticipated, but it’s tempered by the very real emotions that are scattered through the film. These superheroes were a lot easier to identify with than those that wear capes. It was a little long, the movie, but really very well done. A great sign off for Hugh Jackman, although you’d be crazy to think the Wolverine won’t be back in some form or other.

Rating: 4/5.

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