Logan ★★★★

It's hard to say whether you need to watch the prior X-Men movies to really get as much out of Logan as possible. Part of me feels like you've at least got to watch X-Men: Days of Future Past before this as it's essentially a Charles origin story, and perhaps watching The Wolverine might help show that hero in a more serious, character-drama focus before being drenched in it here.

Regardless, Logan is possibly the best superhero movie I've seen, and a large part of that lies in how it's very much not a traditional superhero movie. Most obviously, it borrows from Westerns and Noir in addition to the expected Action and Thriller, and fuses these in a way that feels quite contemporary and natural. I think that is its greatest strengths, in that it's a movie that's very hard to box and as a result it feels like it's allowed to very much be its own beast that doesn't need to put in easy tropes and genre conventions in order to meet focus group testing results.

There's a lot else I could say here but honestly it's probably best to just go in without knowing much at all. I'm sad; this is the best superhero movie I've seen and this is likely the best superhero movie I'll see for a long, long time.

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