‘Logan’ Movie Review: Latest Film That Shows R-Rated Comic Book Movies Can Work

Jesse Zhang - Author

Feb. 20 2017, Updated 5:06 p.m. ET

The movie reviews for Logan, Hugh Jackman’s final outing as Wolverine after 17 years of playing the character, have begun pouring in. The first 61 reviews that aggregate website Rotten Tomatoes collected resulted in a 95 percent certified fresh rating, making Logan a proper sendoff for the Australian actor.

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“Hugh Jackman makes the most of his final outing as Wolverine with a gritty, nuanced performance in a violent but surprisingly thoughtful superhero action film that defies genre conventions.”

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After the successes of Deadpool, 20th Century Fox felt that it is less of a risk for them to provide more mature content within the comic book movie genre. Wolverine, who goes by the name of Logan in the movies, was always a character with a more violent and brutal nature in the pages. As the first X-Men films aimed towards a more general audience, Logan always seemed to hold back in his berserk nature. As violent as he got in the first few X-Men movies, the sequences were often quick and lacked the spill of blood that would realistically reflect the damage that large metal claws would do.

We started seeing Logan be more true to his nature on film in his second solo outing The Wolverine. Although the theatrical version was careful not to show too much gore, the unrated version that came out on home video called The Unleashed Version showed parts where a PG-13 rating would not allow a film to show. This extended version of the film was the closest we’ve been to a realistic Logan up to that point.


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