The Farewell Of The Anti-Hero: Our Review of ‘Logan’ on Blu-Ray

Posted in Blu-Ray/DVD, Movies by - May 24, 2017
The Farewell Of The Anti-Hero: Our Review of ‘Logan’ on Blu-Ray

Good things truly do come to those who wait…

While the casual fan looking for spectacle may end up a little disappointed and confused; Logan speaks to the emotional core of not only the character that Hugh Jackman has been entrusted with these past 17 years but with what has truly driven fans to the humanistic morality play that the comic book and the character of the Wolverine has given fans all these years.

It’s the near future, and the idea of a mutant kind is but a distant memory.  A world weary Logan (Hugh Jackman) lives off the grid as best he can while taking care of an ailing Professor X (Patrick Stewart).  All they want to do is to be left alone so that they can die in peace leaving their legacy to rest in the past with all the horrors that both men have had to endure in these past few years.  However, the spectre of legacy can be an ugly thing, as a young mutant (Dafne Keen) who shares an unexpected kinship with Logan appears on their doorstep on the run from dark forces hell bent on controlling her for their own nefarious purposes.

At it’s very core, the story of Logan as a character has always been about a good man who has always been very adept at doing some very bad things and this film gets to the root of that as it isn’t about some nefarious villain hell bent on world domination.  It’s about a group of villainous cowboys who have pissed off the one retired gunslinger that they should have never gone anywhere near.  It’s the modern American western rolled into a comic book motif and it is glorious.

Rather than trying to build spectacle into this story it manages the complete 180 turn making this easily the most emotionally poignant comic book movie to ever hit the screen.  Co-Writer and Director James Mangold never tries to pump up the action, as the set pieces are violent and intense from minute one which allows us to feel more of the character’s genuine pain as we work through the narrative.  This is the tale of a man who is simply sick of living but still has some final duties to discharge before he can finally find some peace.  The screen is simply dripping with conflict both emotional and physical which is why it is so easy for us to get drawn into it all.  In spite of the occasional logic jump or disjointed plot point, Mangold and co-writers Scott Frank and Michael Green keep it all about these characters in a world that has passed them by and is trying to eat them alive.  It’s shot exceptionally well, feeling like a story taking place inside a dust bowl of despair that only Logan can claw his way out of.  No one involved ever tries to make this feel like a popcorn movie, going for as much raw humanism in a world full of mutants that can be allowed and that is all things to a simply epic performance from the man himself.

After all these years, Hugh Jackman knows Logan like the back of his hand; it is simply second nature to him.  That’s why we buy him as this broken down tormented soul who has seen too much death and destruction in his day to truly ever be able to heal from it all.  For his final hurrah as our favorite clawed anti-hero he leaves it all on the table and then some.  He wants to be left alone, but knows what he has to summon out of him one last time in order to do right by this young girl who needs his help.  Matching Jackman every step of the way was the indomitable Patrick Stewart as husk of his former self who has succumbed to a crippling illness that is forcing Logan to hide them like he is.  We get hints of a tragedy and an accident with the X-Men and while it is never shared with us as an audience, he encapsulates the pain and emotion that he is swimming in on a daily basis.  While Logan still has open, Charles Xavier knows they are damned and hopes this last action of conscience will give them even a little piece.  Stewart plays it all perfectly staring his fate right in the face, he’s afraid of it but is resolved that he can’t avoid it either.  Dafne Keen is fun as the new mutant Laura, but the rest of the ensemble including Stephen Merchant, Boyd Holbrook, Richard E Grant and Eriq LaSalle just don’t have a lot of room to maneuver in as both Jackman and Stewart take all the air out of the room and rightly so on this one.

Picture and sound quality on this BD set are top notch and the special features include an extensive behind the scenes look at the making of the film, deleted scenes and the Logan Noir version of the film which lets you experience everything in black and white which just makes it all feel even more bad ass then it already is.

While it is released at the wrong time of the year to garner any serious awards considerations, know that this is easily the best work of both Stewart’s and Jackman’s careers and together with James Mangold they truly had an immaculate grasp on this material.  It’s the send off that will make the hardcore comic book devoted fans more than happy as they understood the kind of swan song this epic literary and on-screen warrior truly needed.

LOGAN (Bilingual) [Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy]

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David Voigt, has been a lover of cinema all his life and an actual underpaid critic for a solid 5 years covering everything that the city of Toronto has to offer. He was a content manager in video distribution industry before that and his love of all things cinema goes back to his first moments in awe looking up at the big screen. His 12 years of experience on the home entertainment side of the business have provided him with a unique view on what is worth spending your hard earned entertainment dollars on. Combine that with his unquestioned love of film, David should be your only stop to find out about the best in film, not only in Toronto, but worldwide.