Alex Gidley’s review published on Letterboxd:
"Nature made me a freak. Man made me a weapon. And God made it last too long"
Our individual humanity is a fragile thing. No matter the strength of your will, the strain of your actions and their inevitable consequences will eventually cause it to break. This is the main driving force behind Logan. Logan is a hopelessly broken man. He is a man haunted by the ghosts of his past, a past he is trying his best to run from. He's isolated himself off from the rest of the world, he's going by his real name of James Howlett. He wants to escape, he wants nothing to do with the man he once was. It's pretty much a feature length version of Johnny Cash's cover of Hurt.
The "returning to the old life" narrative is nothing new. Hell, we've just had John Wick: Chapter 2 in the last month alone, and it's not like Logan goes about tackling the narrative in a unique way. But it's how the narrative is contextualised within the greater X-Men world that sets it apart. The world has taken what the X-Men did and turned them into frivolous entertainment for the masses, not taking into account the loss of life that actually happened. Logan is tired of endangering people's lives and seems quite content with living out the rest of his life in isolation.
Both Logan and Batman v Superman last year seem to be marking a new age of comic book movies. Ones that aren't afraid to tackle much more mature subject matters, ones that aren't afraid to challenge their audience. And with Wonder Woman and Justice League still to come this year, I think we will treated to the new golden age of the superhero movie.