An Old Man, A Slightly Older Man, And A Child Take A Road Trip

I’m sorry to say this, but Gilmore Girl fans are going to be disappointed. 20th Century Fox’s latest blockbuster, Logan, is not in fact a spin-off movie featuring Matt Czuchry as Logan Huntzberger but in fact the latest and final in the long line of Wolverine films starring Hugh Jackman.

Now that I say that, I’m sure there are many Gilmore Girl fans that would be relieved about that (#TeamJess).

But back to the non-Huntzberger Logan movie!

Right from the get-go, this film sets itself apart from all the other X-Men films we’ve been enjoying since the beginning of the millennium. Even the opening credits are really understated and low-key compared to every other film in the X-Men franchise. (Not a single narration or long winding journey through some CGI DNA!)

They really let you know what you’re in store for, with groggy limo driving Logan slicing and dicing people and swearing like a sailor who only knows one swear word.

SPOILER! It’s the F-Bomb


 Logan is definitely not the X-Men film your kids are going to be allowed to see. It’s like Fox learned a lesson from allowing Deadpool to be as potty-mouthed and violent as the character deserved, and saw the profit in letting Wolverine go all out.

From a little girl decapitating a man, to that same little girl blowing somebody’s brains out with a revolver, this movie really has it all.

Logan follows the main character who coincidentally is also named Logan as he is once again reluctantly made the hero of another X-Men film, with references made to the first time he reluctantly became a hero in 2000.

Set in 2029, things are pretty dire for Mutant-kind with no new mutants (or newtants as I’m going to coin and trademark right now) being born in many many years.

Logan winds up chauffeuring a violent young girl named Laura around America while they make their way to Eden.

During the film we find out that the inspiration for Laura’s road trip is an X-Men comic-book in which the team travel to Eden.

Logan then uses this to make an interesting differentiation; the movie is nothing like the 90s X-Men comics.

Wolverine makes a point of screaming this at Laura while waving the comics in her face.

Unlike the colourful, spandex filled pages of the comics, Logan masks itself as a gritty, unhappy world in which the happy ending isn’t without its bitterness.

Also! What the hell? What is it with the X-Men franchise and not being able to keep some continuity? Caliban the albino mutant sniffer (played by Stephen Merchant) was a character that was meant to have been killed back in the 80s by a blue Oscar Isaac, in X-Men Apocalypse, but somehow is now Professor X’s nanny.

I guess it’s just another mystery, along with how Angel was both in X-Men Last Stand and X-Men Apocalypse.

Overall I would recommend Logan. It’s funny, it’s brutal, and it is a fitting goodbye to this part of the franchise.

Now we look on into the future for X-Men, with plans for a new generation of characters to lead the way before Fox panics and goes back to thinking Wolverine is the only way to make money out of the franchise.


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