“Logan” steps away from the typical superhero movie formula


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Laura (Dafne Keen), Charles (Patrick Stewart) and Logan (Hugh Jackman) in LOGAN.

Matthew Causey, Contributing Writer

Moviegoers are abuzz over the newest X-Men movie, “Logan” — and for good reason. Silver screen X-Men mainstays Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) and Professor Xavier (Sir Patrick Stewart) star in their deepest and most emotional roles yet.

As many other reviewers have also said, this movie doesn’t quite feel like most other superhero movies. This mostly comes from the film’s tone and atmosphere. The superhero elements you have come to know are still there, but the effect is less flashy.

Instead of providing an exciting thrill ride full of one-liners and explosions, this film steps back a bit and focuses on the characters and their personal struggles.

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There are a number of scenes filled with serious tension and action, but there are also many heartfelt moments that provide a deeper understanding of these characters than we’ve ever seen before.

The inclusion of the child in the story forces Wolverine to adapt to a more family dynamic and to learn to care about this new part of his life despite everything he’s experienced and the pain and struggles he’s known throughout his many years.

In an interview with Yahoo Movies, Jackman said that much of the inspiration for the film came from Clint Eastwood’s 1992 western film “Unforgiven.” It’s very easy to see the inspiration in the themes and various cinematic elements present in “Logan.” If you have the time, I suggest watching this movie after watching “Logan” to see where some of the inspiration for the movie came from.

This movie will keep you with tears in your eyes and on the edge of your seat with its well-written and directed scenes.

The cinematography and lighting direction help to bolster the atmosphere this movie creates and leave you with a fantastic cinematic experience.

If you haven’t seen it yet, I highly suggest it. And if you have, then I’m sure you can agree with me that it’s worth going to see a second time.