Logan ★★★★

”I am fucked up!”

The older I get, the more I change as a moviegoer. My high school days had me eating up as much information as possible to learn as much as I could about what made films good or bad. I was, and still am, a firm believer that films should be looked at for what they are and what they have set out to become. Just the other day, though, my perspective has changed a little bit and I made a tiny revelation. Films made today are completely different than films made back in the day. The rise of comic-book movies and computer technology probably ruined cinema, let’s face it. It’s a good thing we have astute filmmakers to helm most of these movies or the entire industry could be poisoned. As the great William Friedkin said, we have lost touch with reality and are replacing it with a different make believe one. Logan falls under that category in some respect, but it’s focus is a lot more grand.

I can say this bluntly: Logan is probably the best-of-the-best when it comes to superhero films. Last year, I feel a little ashamed how much I blew out of proportion Deadpool and Captain America: Civil War. Both films are very strong, but in a world of so much good ‘cinema’ it just doesn’t compare. Logan blows both films out of the water, and while The Avengers was revolutionary for Marvel as a studio, I feel like Logan has a little bit of The Dark Knight stature. The things that make comic-book movies feel disconnected from the rest of cinema are their formulaic nature and the sense that we are not watching a ‘stand-alone film’. Yeah, remember where we could go see a blockbuster and it would actually be a complete movie? Those were the days.

Logan is its own beast. A film that will stand the test of time and prove to people art can be accomplished in our new phase of cinema. There is no overabundance of characters or drowning in a sense of plot over character. It thrives because of how character focused it becomes. Not even The Dark Knight could have a squeaky clean plot and Logan doesn’t really aim to fix it here, but Mangold doesn’t beat you over the head with convoluted plot details. Instead, he aims to make it about the characters, new and old. Especially our hero’s fight with his sins and sickness, with Logan being at the lowest of lows physically and mentally. It’s this kind of character building that makes the film so intriguing, with every continuous scene challenging the viewer.

Essentially being a chase film (like Mad Max: Fury Road), Logan’s main idea is so simple. The first act takes place in the middle of a desert, with very few characters, making this an intimate 40 minute experience you likely won’t forget. The setting constantly changes during the next two acts, with beautiful scenery taking charge as a real testament to actual filmmaking.

I really think this movie was more insight from the villain and a cleaner plot away from being a masterpiece. I’m not that guy that complains about the lore or compares the comic-to-movie. I fell in love with film, that’s what I care about. I watch films because I care about pure filmmaking. Different in style, structure and tone, Logan is just that.

Also, on a side note, Dafne Keen is peak acting here. A 12-year old girl gave me chills.

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