‘Logan’ shows sometimes less is more

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Logan marks a brave departure. A brave departure from not only the formulaic superhero genre, but a departure from the Wolverine character as we know it. As an entry in the X-Men franchise, “Logan” is amazingly somber and grown-up, elevating the superhero genre to new heights.

Make no mistake though, “Logan” remains an action film. The action scenes have purpose and connect so much more powerfully than most superhero films, in which they are often just ways to show off the budget. Interspersed between intense action sequences are quiet, tense, and somber moments often reflecting on loss and purpose. However, when “Logan” does breaks out into action, it feels organic to the plot, moving the themes and characters forward.

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Although Professor X has always been confined to a wheelchair, his helplessness extends to new boundaries as he suffers from a degenerative brain disease. Combine a debilitating brain disease with the world’s most powerful mind, and it equates to a recipe for disaster.

As Professor X, Stewart plays the “ying” to Jackman’s “yang” acting as the guiding force for the majority of the film.

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Hugh Jackman gives an astonishing performance as a hurting Logan; he’s no longer Wolverine, just a man who’s lived a hard, hard life and is looking at an unforgiving, grim future. Logan is no longer the slashing, claw-toting savior, but a shell of his former self marred by centuries of loss. Rather than focusing on Logan’s mutant abilities, Jackman spends his time developing the mutant’s human side. Jackman’s alleged final performance as the iconic X-Man merits outstanding recognition.

So exceptional is Jackman’s performance as Logan that it is sparking discussion of a possible Best Actor nomination at next year’s Academy Awards. If this happens, it will eliminate the supposed “award” repellent that stains superhero movies.

The main and possibly only flaw of the film stems from its almost cliché villains. An evil scientist and his muscle fight in a crusade against the protagonists. A situation that has been replicated numerous times. Other than that, the film is flawless.

In terms of “super” hero films, “Logan” stands up against the “The Dark Knight,” and in some instances exceeds Christopher Nolan’s caped crusading masterpiece.

Brutal, sincere, and heart-wrenching, “Logan” shows why it is important that not every superhero movie should be about saving the world. The stakes felt more real here than in other blockbuster movies, and the film reminds us that sometimes fighting for less is fighting for more.

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Justin is a part-time senior at St. Thomas High School and a full-time Online Editor-in-Chief for The Eagle. He made the website that you are looking through right now, and designs the layouts for all the articles on it. Justin participates in Speech & Debate, the Eagle Broadcast Network, Eagle Ambassadors, Model UN, Student Council, Political Awareness Club, and Columbian Squires. Safe to say that he plays a huge role in your life in someway.

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