Logan ★★★★½

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1) I was not prepared for these emotions at 11am 😭

2) From the very first scene, the standard of the direction here is clearly the most technical and inspired of all the X-Men movies. The precision and ingenuity of each shot provides a subtle blend of superhero blockbuster with auteurist art house film that just completely works. Logan is yet more proof that James Mangold is one of the best directors working today. 

3) Plot wise, the first thirty minutes are taken up mostly by backstory and it gets off to a slow start if you’re not all that invested in the characters. But after that? Phwoar, it goes a mile a minute. What we end up getting is a stunning hybrid of Western/action/superhero movie goodness and it is pure brilliance. 

4) Of course Hugh Jackman is great, but something about Patrick Stewart’s performance in this film blew me away. Not only does he show a charming, funny side to Charles Xavier, but he plays anguish so well here. And Dafne Keen? What a revelation. 

5) Though the third act has some pacing issues, Logan is far and away the best film in this franchise (so far at least). It’s both entertaining in its content and super emotional thanks to some stellar performances. I don’t think it’s perfect, but it’s not far off.