Logan :: Melancholy, Poignancy, Repugnant Violence, Jokes…

Cineville - Logan

Logan is the story of a depressed, loveless alcoholic with a relatively tidy beard and eight foot-long flick-knives hidden in his knuckles being forced to pull himself together and give a damn again.

Logan is a chauffeur, so in the film's opening scenes we accompany him as he chauffeurs rich people through a dour Texan backdrop, with the car radio informing us that the year is 2029. This seems about right. The tone is apocalyptic, post-industrial, post-Trumpian (please, please, please let 2029 be post-Trumpian). Indeed, as gangs of moneyed American men in brightly coloured tuxedos chant "USA! USA!" through the sun-roof in Logan's limo, we understand that this world — despite the fact that some people have whacking great steel claws — this world is painfully close to our own. It is a world mired in melancholy and viciousness, and dominated by stupidity.

I am not a Marvel person in general. I've never seen a Wolverine film before, and had this film been called Wolverine, rather than Logan, it's unlikely I would have seen this one either. Which is exactly why it's called Logan I guess, to signal that it's not your average comic-strip adaptation. Sure, there are mutants kicking about the place and the violence has a cartoonish quality (despite jaw-dropping, shocked-laugh-inducing levels of seeming realism), but the film still feels pretty firmly rooted in this world.

Cineville - Logan


Logan is a very good film. Aside from the astonishing, to my mind rather exhilarating violence (reminiscent of the wildest scenes in Kickass) and the genuinely moving storyline (man being persuaded to care again), what really won me over was how funny it is. It made me laugh a lot and in some pretty dark moments too, which I think is a real gift. There's even a little nod to Fawlty Towers at one point, which has to be deliberate.

On the whole, a splendid, funny, moving and thrilling film that's only a little bit silly and has great performances, including a surprising turn by Stephen Merchant (typecast as a freakish giant albino) and Dafne Keen as child-mutant Laura.

Oh, and it's definitely not a kid's film. At least not the kind of kids who've been sheltered and turned into precious little daisies by over-protective parents. Cool kids would enjoy it very much, and ultimately be enriched by it. Sure I'm right. Give it a go.


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Cineville - Logan
Cineville - Logan


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The Viewing

I wrote in my notebook that there was a peculiar demographic at the viewing, but I think I may just have been imagining it.

There was an unkempt overweight guy in the front row who looked like he still lived with his parents and read a lot of comic books and was probably on the spectrum, but really, that's all just my imagination, and maybe a tiny tinge of prejudice. Except for the physical stuff. He was definitely overweight and unkempt. But then so am I. My point is that it's very easy to assume you know something about a person, basing your assumptions solely on their appearance, and be wrong. Sometimes you hit the nail on the head though.

Anyway, as you can see, I went to see this film twice. Basically, a week passed and when I started writing the above review, I found myself wanting to check that the film was as good as I remembered it. I think it was. I think it is. It's funny and moving and only a little bit ridiculous.

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