This weekend I saw Logan. This review may contain mild spoilers. For those of you that are unfamiliar with the movie, here’s the plot summary:
In the near future, a weary Logan (Hugh Jackman) cares for an ailing Professor X (Patrick Stewart) at a remote outpost on the Mexican border. His plan to hide from the outside world gets upended when he meets a young mutant (Dafne Keen) who is very much like him. Logan must now protect the girl and battle the dark forces that want to capture her.
This is the last X-Men movie that Hugh Jackman and Patrick Stewart will be in and as someone who has watched all of them, my feelings going in and out of the movie were very sad. If I were to sum up my thoughts about the movie in general, I would say that the movie was both sad and gory. But overall very sad and I came out the theater with red-rimmed eyes. Did I manage to say “sad” too many times?
One of the things I loved most about the movie though, was Logan’s relationship with Professor X.
Overall, I felt like the movie was about aging. And in my opinion, I feel like there is something really sad and bittersweet about getting older. The first obvious assumption would be that the movie is about Logan getting older. His body is deteriorating and he is no longer the fit, young Wolverine that he used to be. However, the movie is also very much about how Professor X has aged.
I won’t go into too many details because I don’t want to spoil the plot for those that haven’t seen the movie yet. But basically, Logan and Professor X’s relationship has become one where Charles has to rely heavily on Logan. In the beginning of the relationship, it was very much the other way around. Logan was lost and Professor X helped him find a family. In the movie, both Logan and Charles went under assumed identities and Logan referred to Charles as his “dad”. There was just something really natural and unsurprising by the fact that Charles could be Logan’s father.
The movie was really about their characters and less about the plot. They spent most, if not all, their lives as superheroes but at the end of the day, who are they as people? I think this is a really interesting question to think about. Not just in the context of Wolverine or Professor X but for any hero. Because at the end of the day, all our heroes (fictional and non-fictional) are people at the end of the day.
In all honesty, it’s hard to talk about the movie without spoiling the details. There are also so many other things I could talk about. The character development is amazing. I felt deeply for all the relationships throughout the movie, including the one between Logan and his daughter. If you haven’t had the chance to watch it yet, highly recommended! My sister and I watched the movie with two friends who hadn’t seen the other X-Men movies and they both still really enjoyed the movie. And as a slight spoiler-y warning – be prepared to have your heart squeezed and punched a couple of times.
I still want to cry when I think about certain scenes.
Great movie. Recommended for even those who don’t like superhero movies!
In other news, it feels like I haven’t blogged in a really long time even though it’s only been a couple weeks. I’m leaving for an out-of-state trip in a couple weeks and I’m almost done with my second roll of film. I recently discovered a developer & film shop literally less than ten minutes away from my house, so I decided to go through them instead of The Darkroom. Yay for supporting local businesses! This also means I should have another Photo Diary post up in a few weeks.
Thanks for reading!