What a movie! That’s how I felt immediately after watching Logan this afternoon at the local Alamo Draft House. I will not give away too many details about the film since it just dropped this week. But I honestly left the theater in awe.
I have always felt the violence in previous Wolverine movies was tempered to appeal to younger audiences. You need not worry about this in Logan! You get exactly what you think should happen when Adamantium meets human flesh and bone. I think it’s safe to assume that the R-rated success of the wildly-popular Deadpool has opened the blood, I mean flood, gates on more graphic violence in superhero movies.
It also isn’t very often that a comic book movie causes you to ask critical questions regarding life, death, loss and hope. But similar to other pillars in this genre, like The Dark Knight and “The Winter Soldier,” Logan asks some serious questions. What is a life without love or family? Is it worth living? Logan provides insight into such questions.
But most importantly, after witnessing this cinematic masterpiece, I asked my own question? Where does Logan rank, all-time, in the comic book movie genre. I could be suffering from recency bias, but I rank it at number two, right after The Dark Knight and ahead of Captain America: The Winter Soldier.
Yes, this is very lofty praise. But I stand by my ranking, for now.