Logan (9/10) No Spoilers
Places where the movie boots me out of the narrative - discontinuities - lose points.
-1 point: Logan having a potty mouth was fine. I did not enjoy this choice for some other characters.
-1 point: There were several times that I noticed the acting - when it slipped from drama to melodrama. I suspect this was a directorial/editorial decision about the tone for some characters, rather than an actor's decision.
-½ point: The exposition for X23/Laura's origin was great on the screen and problematic from an in-universe logistical point of view. I'm not saying it couldn't work - just that I didn't feel like it was justified in the narrative.
Bonus points are awarded for instances when the movie drew me in completely.
+1½ points: This is a tragic tale that commits to the tragedy, explores it from several perspectives and in several modes (e.g., a short shot of a katana rusting over a dusty headboard). The story is an aching tooth you can't stop prodding, and with each jab you discover new levels and kinds of pain. This bonus is really (2 x ½) + (2 x ¼) points: Logan and Charles being the +½ points, Caliban and Laura the +¼ points.
I can't imagine what kind of person would come out of this movie feeling joyful. It is Not A Fun Time. It is intense, dark, violent, painful, and sad to the extent that it took me nearly 90 minutes to settle down enough to go to bed.
Verdict: If at all possible see this with friends at an earlyish show, and then go to a quiet place to socialize. We did it in the opposite order.
I kinda want to talk about the points above in more detail, but without spoiling it for others, so this thread.-1 point: Logan having a potty mouth was fine. I did not enjoy this choice for some other characters.
Charles cursing was jarring and unpleasant every time, and not in a good way. I would have much preferred if he had done everything the same except for the cursing in the first half, chastened Logan ("Logan! Language!") and then uttered a single curse sometime after I would have enjoyed it more. I know he was losing his mind to disease, and that foul language is not an uncommon characteristic of that kind of degeneration. This aspect of his portrayal didn't feel right to me though, especially since it disappeared completely for significant portions of the movie.-1 point: There were several times that I noticed the acting - when it slipped from drama to melodrama.
My rationale for suspecting this was a directorial/editorial decision about the tone for some characters, rather than an actor's decision, is that these actors are very much capable of portraying serious intensity and pain without hamming it up; Stewart as Picard shouting "There are four lights!" for example.-½ point: The exposition for X23/Laura's origin was great on the screen and problematic from an in-universe logistical point of view.
In a very high security facility like that one no one is going to be able to use a cell phone to take footage of the operations. This means that some very small spy-cam must have been employed to capture the footage. That's fine, but there was nothing in the narrative that made that make sense. I suppose I could use the self-driving trucks and drones to justify "advanced tech" but I felt like the movie wanted me to think that the footage was caught on a cell phone, and that was jarring.(2 x ½) + (2 x ¼) points: This is a tragic tale that commits to the tragedy, explores it from several perspectives and in several modes.
- Logan (+½): The things that make him strong are the things that kill him. Based on my recollection of gr13 English in 1987 that sure feels like a powerful tragic hero to me. I loved how they made the adamantium the reason he's sick and that his healing factor is giving out. As the movie unfolds we see his other strengths - bravery, rage, tenacity, loyalty - killing him, a little bit at a time.
- Charles (+½): He is a different kind of tragedy. There is a line of exposition that made the point (perhaps a little too bluntly): "A degenerative brain disease in the world's most dangerous mind." This most powerful mind has become pitiable and broken.
- Caliban (+¼): Not a character I was familiar with before this movie (at least not that I recall), he's trying to atone for his sins. Ultimately I think he does, after torture, brutal pain, and a successful kamikaze attack.
- Laura/X23 (+¼): I liked her more before she started to talk. I liked her throughout, mind you, and enjoyed the flood of words scene, but the brooding, seething savagery of that little girl was phenomenal to watch. Delivering the eulogy caused some uncomfortable laughter in the theatre, but I thought it was a perfect moment, especially for a child.