10 things I loved about ‘Logan’


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There’s no doubt that Wolverine is the world’s most famous mutant, but in the fan-favorite hero’s third film feature—and may I add, the best X-Men film I’ve seen—Logan is a stranger to the audience.

Sure we still see his scruff and arrogant exterior, but complex themes are explored in the film—with impermanence, purpose, legacy, and family, among them—making Logan more human than he is mutant.

The film is intensely intimate and primal compared to the numerous X-Men films that came before it. Even with the thrills and excitement over grotesque scenes, the emotional magnitude that surface from the character relationships are neither diluted nor overshadowed by the superhero action.

Here are 10 things I loved about 20th Century Fox’s “Logan”:

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It’s about damn time we stop censoring who Wolverine is and what he is fully capable of doing. “Logan” is unapologetically brutal with an equally unapologetically amused audience.


The movie’s saturation of violence is very much welcome, especially when we finally see Wolverine decapitating enemy heads and bashing skulls with those adamantium claws.


The movie may be keen on capitalizing on the capalities of Wolverine’s claws in most action scenes, but this isn’t what the movie is about. From the way the film has been named already says a lot—the focus is on the human aspect of Wolverine, and it is the first one to explore it.

“It seems to me that the strength of X-Men and the strength of Wolverine is more his humanity than his superpower,” Hugh Jackman says, “In exploring this character for the last time, I wanted to get to the heart of who that human was, more than what his claws can do.”

In the process of immortalizing his longtime screen alterego, Jackman, along with James Goldman, reconnect the hero to his humanity, creating a newfound familiarity of the character among its audience.


The story draws you into each cinematic frame. Whether it’s experiencing the seismic shocks of Charles’ seizure, or clenching your teeth as mutants fight tooth and nail for survival, moviegoers ultimately feel the emotional gravity of each scene as if they themselves are part of it. The movie feels like a road trip, the settings are textured and  convincingly real. Good job, James Mangold.


Yes, I just borrowed a term from Marvel’s competitor, DC. But the biggest plot twist in this movie was the revelation that adamantium was slowly poisoning Logan’s body. What ironically made Wolverine the most indestructible mutant (and ideal weapon), apart from his ability to regenerate, had always been his adamantium-infused built and claws, was now a threat to his immortality.


Charles F. Xavier may already be 90, but that doesn’t change the fact that he is still Charles F. Xavier—the professor obsessed about genetics and mutation. Besides providing comic relief, I loved how he noted that Laura having claws on her feet is a result of her gender. Dafne Keen who plays Laura in her first feature film debut, also looks peculiarly similar to Eleven from “Stranger Things.”


Logan is without a doubt Charles’ prodigal son. The movie shows us numerous tender moments between the two, and how they still look out for and depend on the other til the very end.


The fascination of weaponizing Wolverine’s mutation never ends. In the movie, what they described as the “soulless” experiment turns out to be a replica of Wolverine. Known as the ultimate weapon, X-24 had the similar viciousness and cruelty of Sabretooth. “Logan” is another film that makes Wolverine face his inner demons, and his fears are always in motion, haunting him when it gets the chance.


Marvel comic books actually exist in the Marvel universe? That’s so meta! The vintage comics, although are not based on any real published ones, are drawn by former Marvel editor-in-chief Joe Quesada. I loved the idea that blurred what was considered as fiction and (cinematic) reality, basing the coordinates (and even the existence) of “Eden,” on the comic book.


When Laura shifted the position of the cross, the grave marker to Logan’s body, to form an “X,” something inside me died. It was a split-second moment that leaves a lasting impression. Here’s a new line of mutants who refuse to become jaded despite the exhausting witch hunt they endure. Here’s a new line of mutants that we will grow to root for, all because our old heroes fought to keep them alive.

Photos courtesy of 20th Century Fox. Logan is showing in theatres nationwide.
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