2017 Movie Challenge: Final Tally

Last year, my sister and I decided to create a 2017 Movie Challenge reminiscent of the ubiquitous book challenges that list so many categories of books and challenges people to  find and read stories that fit each category.  We thought movies would be easy and set the bar low at 26 — just one movie every two weeks.

I don’t know how she did or if anyone but us played, but of the 26 categories, I completed five. Buuuut…I also binged some Star Trek movies, and that’s got to count for something, right?

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Let’s Talk (spoilers) About: Logan!

If you haven’t seen Logan yet, check out this spoiler-free review. But don’t read this. Because this is the post for talking about all the specific things we liked, the things we didn’t like, and — most importantly — the things that made us feel all the things.

In other words, spoilers EVERYWHERE.

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Laura (Dafne Keen) and Logan (Hugh Jackman) in “Logan.”

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I really liked ‘Logan,’ but probably not for the reason you think

“Logan” earns its R rating.

It’s violent to a degree that isn’t just speeding down the highway of what viewers have come to expect from the franchise — it could have gotten off a few exits back and still been coarse enough to merit the rating that also allows for all the F-bombs it drops. It’s excessive to the point of being distracting in places, and the film itself has several moments that are nothing short of predictable.

And yet, for all of that and for all the effort that the paper-thin villains went through trying to manufacture mutants to be the perfect killing machines, there’s an undeniable humanity to “Logan” that goes far beyond anything I could have ever hoped for.

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