Not only is “Logan” the best X-Men flick by a country mile, it’s also one of the 5 best superhero movies I’ve ever seen (alongside Dark Knight, Black Panther, Winter Soldier, & Avengers : Endgame).
And much like Endgame, Logan pulls off the trick of giving the subpar movies in the franchise an added sense of importance. This film does away with the more convoluted aspects of the X-Men franchise & gives us a straightforward character study that connects to the previous 9 films without picking up any of their baggage.
The brothers Jackman & Stewart are great as always, but Dafne Keene steals the show (and our hearts) as Laura/X-23. The kid has acting chops that far exceed her age & she holds her own in a film filled with veteran actors.
I only have 2 minor complaints about this film:
#1. The Violence.
Most of it works, but multiple claws through skulls & the decimation of Eriq La Salle’s family at the farmhouse were a bit much for my tastes.
#2. No More Mutants.
Like most fans, I’m glad that the X-Men are now apart of Marvel Studios…But I hate that it means we won’t have a follow-up film following the adventures of Laura & her friends as a bunch of “New Mutants”.
Minor nitpicks aside, this was a fantastic film that should’ve served as the proper finale to the Fox X-Verse. I give this movie, 8.5 Johnny Cash trailers out of 10!