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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I don’t share the Days of Future Past love…but it sure was a blast

I need to watch X-Men: Days of Future Past again. I enjoyed it, but not nearly as much as, oh, pretty much everyone else I’ve talked to whose seen it. I think part of the problem is that I really should have spent the week prior rewatching X-Men 1-3, First Class, and maybe even the abomination that was X-Men Origins: Wolverine. Mainly because I couldn’t figure out where exactly in the Wolverine timeline that we know did the “past” part of this movie take place, and I probably spent more time thinking about that than just enjoying the ride. And it was quite the ride.

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