Connect
To Top

Average Joe Logan

Post saved!

A real conversation I had with my mom after she saw an advert for the movie Logan went a little like this:Logan, Hugh Jackman, X-men,

“I can’t believe the violence in movies now. The guy had knives on his hands!”
“Right, but there’s a story to it. It’s not just about a guy stabbing people…although there will probably be a lot of stabbing.”
“There’s a little girl killing people in this movie. It’s disturbing. What a shame that they’re allowed to
make movies like this.” (I was about to pull up PowerPoint and start lecturing about film, but several hours of philosophy and movies seemed like a bad idea).

“Well…the idea is that people want to control and command other people for their own gain. The hero fights against it and there’s conflict. It’s not that crazy. It’s just that different movies show universal themes in different ways that appeal to different parts of people. Nothing distasteful about that.” 

It occurred to me that someone who doesn’t pay much attention to movies doesn’t really know why movies that aren’t geared towards them have to be made and that a “universal” appeal is equivalent to quality.

The appeal is there for whoever wants it, but if you don’t like ripped Hugh Jackman tearing dudes to shreds, it may appear as though Logan is a one-dimensional, brainless action fest. If you let the bells distract you from the church, you’ll never get to see past the outside. 

Logan was the Wolverine movie we had been promised since 2008. The action was brutal, Hugh JackmanDeadpool, DVD, Marvel, was vicious, and when someone gets stabbed by three giant super-sharp claws, we actually see some devastation in the wake. It took years of praying, but Deadpool may have finally broken the fourth wall and saved comic book movies by allowing the training wheels off in an R-rated movie that can actually show violence without neutering the script for 13-year-olds with lame moms.

The action wasn’t the only reason to watch this film, but it was the steak in the burrito for me. Not just because the film takes place in Mexico, but because the layers they added felt like they finally got the recipe right with Wolverine after going through so many ups and downs.

The center of the movie is a young girl who gets her hands dirty (with blood if you didn’t quite catch on yet), and performs her role with a perfect mix of standoffish disdain, cautious self preservation, and a secret sweetness that you can’t get to Wolverines soft gushy (literally) center without. Stephen Merchant also appears as a mutant, and while he had moments, it may have been my expectations that made him feel underutilized.

Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, Actors, A little bit of exposition, heavy dialogue, and lines that just missed the mark exposed a little weakness in the script, but it was nothing that Patrick Stewart and Hugh Jackman couldn’t act their way around. Solid supporting characters have been lacking in the X-Men universe where we’ve seen iconic characters turned into unrecognizable creations or potentially important parts be muddled by logistics. This film felt like they tackled that problem as best they could by having villains that felt threatening, but didn’t take the focus off the hero while making the goals of his cause (saving a mutant child) immediately impactful.

Overall, Logan managed to deliver on the big ideas behind the X-Men series. Not just in big action movie fashion, but also in the smaller details that made the film feel a lot smaller and closer than previous releases. The intimacy that came through was a product of hitting the nail on the head, by showing tyranny and the universal struggle behind it through the lens of the tremendous toll it takes on aggressors and victims alike. Humanity is always at odds with itself and sometimes it takes looking at mutants to see ourselves.

Here’s the trailer if you haven’t seen it yet:

Title Image Source

Sign Up For Our Newsletter

LEAVE A COMMENT

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

More in Be Fun

  • Tender Pancetta Meatballs

    Ever try a meatball so tender it made you stop just to take in the flavor? For me, this happened when...

    Josh GuirguisNovember 10, 2017
  • Apps for Women by Women

    Women in the tech world are doing some pretty amazing things. From apps that can help you delay a text to...

    Catherine HorneOctober 31, 2017
  • Dating Apps by Women for Women

    There seems to be a common problem everyone has when using dating apps like Tinder; often, people are just looking for...

    Catherine HorneOctober 24, 2017
  • Fresh, Local Nature at the Taroko National Park in Taiwan

    One might not immediately think of Taiwan, a small island in the Pacific, as a site of massive, awe-inspiring forms of...

    Monica GuOctober 20, 2017
  • Affordable and Fun Halloween Costume Tips

    With Halloween around the corner, you probably – and rightfully – don’t want to spend $50 or more on today’s overpriced...

    Diba BijariOctober 19, 2017
  • Spooky and Stylish Fall Decor

    October – being the spookiest month – is also the best time to get crafty with some eye-catching fall home decor!...

    Diba BijariOctober 12, 2017
  • New Releases: Erase My Head

    In October, my hunger for horror movies elevates itself, like a vampire that smells blood or a werewolf under a full...

    Nadeer FaragallaOctober 6, 2017
  • Lemon and Garlic Shrimp Scampi

    This week at NYMM we’re eating some classic shrimp scampi. For such a classic dish, it’s surprisingly easy to make. You...

    Josh GuirguisOctober 6, 2017
  • New Scarf Techniques for Fall Fun

    As our favorite, chillier seasons approach, let’s go through some scarf knotting and styling techniques that are as easy as they...

    Diba BijariOctober 5, 2017
  • Fashion-Forward Apps of the Week

    It can be hard to manage your closet and the many different items of clothing you have lying around, especially with...

    Catherine HorneOctober 3, 2017
  • Vegetarian Tacos with Avocado Cream

    This week at NYMM we’re changing up our tacos. We’re ditching meat and rice, but keeping it meaty and starchy with...

    Josh GuirguisSeptember 29, 2017
  • Smoothies for the Fall Season

    A smoothie can be great for a morning pick-me-up, after a workout, or just in general. As fall approaches, why not...

    Diba BijariSeptember 28, 2017
  • Apps to Reward You for Exercising

    Sometimes, it can be very difficult to get yourself motivated to exercise, even if you keep telling yourself that you need...

    Catherine HorneSeptember 26, 2017
  • Italian Ghost Town to Artistic Haven

    There is a small village in Italy that has survived major devastations, has been completely revived, and has almost been completely...

    Miranda FebusSeptember 22, 2017
  • Fall NYFW-Inspired DIY Looks

    The fall season is upon us, and with it comes New York Fashion Week fall fashion! If you’re excited about cozy...

    Diba BijariSeptember 21, 2017

Copyright © 2016 New York Minute Magazine