There was a moment toward the beginning of Logan when I thought, “this might become the best comic book movie ever made.” Unfortunately that thought did not last forever. But damn, Logan really had me going there for a while.
Logan is not an average comic book movie. There is not world-ending villain. There is no battle of good versus evil. There is no spandex.
Instead of the normal comic book story lines, Logan tells the story of a grizzled old man with a violent history who must safely transport an adolescent girl across the United States.
Logan is obviously inspired by the Playstation game The Last of Us. Both stories share similar themes and both experiences are comprised of long, meaningful moments dotted with intense violence. Thankfully Logan cuts down on the rummaging for nuts, bolts, and pills that fills the downtime of The Last of Us. Although, Logan does get a bit pill heavy in points, but those parts are actually good.
Unfortunately for Logan, The Last of Us is a video game and is built into easy segments for players to drop in and out. Logan has one solid go of it. Coming in at about two hours and twenty minutes, Logan’s is minuscule in comparison to The Last of Us. This never affects the action, but it does hinder the meaningful moments.
Logan wants to be an intense action movie. And it’s just saturated with intense violence. Like, slasher movie violence. During the first scene in which violence occurs I uncontrollably gasped, “Jesus Christ.” Was it going to be like this for the entire movie? Yup. Logan brings violence like it’s never been seen in mainstream comic book movies (insert Zack Snyder erection joke here).
Meanwhile, Logan also wants to be a touching movie about relationships. Overall, Logan is successful in this aspiration. I believed Logan’s relationship with Xavier (probably because I have a ton of movies to draw from). And I generally believe Logan’s relationship with Laura. But this relationship never quite clicks.
I get the Logan is timid about starting new relationships. Everybody he gets close to dies horribly. But if I’m to go on this long car ride with Logan and Laura, I’m going to need more bonding before we get to the conclusion.
How about Laura? Damn, that girl is crazy cool. Ignoring the fact that no little girls should watch Logan, it’s pretty awesome that little girls can watch Laura and get inspired that maybe they too can become action stars, albeit savage murderers.
I didn’t completely buy into the ending. I knew what Logan wanted me to feel and I felt some of it. But it wasn’t fully earned. However, I will give Logan credit for at least making me start the process of welling up, even though I never completed (insert Deadpool joke here).
But again, I come back to time. The movie is over two hours long. The plot isn’t complicated. How did I not get more out of the Logan-Laura relationship? I know there was plenty of time to fill in those gaps, because there were moments where I started to think about checking my watch, so to speak.
But here’s the crazy thing: if Fox announced a longer directors cut, I would 100% see it. While Logan drags in parts, I believe (hope) it is due to the shortening of scenes that build relationships. So instead of satisfying moments, I was given partial bits that are unfulfilling.
Maybe there is a three hour epic waiting for Blu-ray. But as is, Logan never quite delivers on all of its potential.
While Logan fails to become the best comic book movie ever made, it does make a noble attempt. And it almost works on almost every level. That’s nothing to hang your head about. The filmmakers should find honor in knowing they created the best X-Men movie ever made.