“Absolutely Bloody Brilliant” was the quote on the front cover of my DVD, accompanied with a 5 star rating. This was just one of many thousands of glowing reviews this film received upon it’s release date last March. I have been very excited to see this film ever since and the question I found myself asking before it started was- why hadn’t I seen it sooner? With the question fresh in my mind I was eager to see where my opinion would lie: with the positive majority or with the dubious minority?
What is it about?
In 2029, a wearied Logan/Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) hides on the fringes of society; earning all the money he can as a limo driver, while trying to protect the ailing Professor X (Patrick Stewart,) “the most powerful mind in the world, suffering from a degenerative brain disease”. With the help of Caliban (Stephen Merchant,) they struggle on through. However, things take a dramatic turn for the worse when Laura/ X-23 (Dafne Keen,) a young mutant pursued by evil forces, is passed over into the control of Logan, who is entrusted to take her to ‘Eden’.
What did I think?
Wow. This film was incredible. Brutally violent and shockingly poignant. For a story about people with claws protruding from their knuckles, I could not have expected this. It had an emotional heft that was unmistakeable and was truly shocking. On a number of occasions I gawped in surprise at what was unfolding before my eyes. Considering a lot of the key plot points had been spoiled for me before watching this film, I thought I might be bored or just see it as predictable; however, not once did these thoughts cross my mind. I thought the plot was intriguing and fully engaging with a number of twists and turns along the way, almost all of which caught me completely off guard. I thought the character development was exceptional, especially with Logan, as all of his struggles were conveyed to the audience as full of real peril. The gritty nature accentuated the danger and I thought without the grisly tone it wouldn’t have worked as well. Finally, I liked X-23/Laura as a character and I thought she was superbly acted by Dafne Keen.
I think that in the final act because I was so shocked, it detracted a little from my emotional connection. This isn’t necessarily a criticism of the film; however, I would have liked to have an emotional climax; whereas I was just shocked into a quiet submission. This isn’t to say there isn’t an emotional climax, but the tears were stopped from falling due to the incredulity of everything going on.
Conversely, this is only a thought I had because the film had such emotional heft and I was surprised that I didn’t cry. It may seem that I am going soft with my reviews and not looking for the negatives within a film; but recently, it just seems that I am not seeing films that I don’t love. This film was no different and really struck a chord with me. Out of all the films I have ever watched, this is one of the most thrilling and left me open-mouthed on a number of occasions. If you haven’t seen this film then you should because it’s great and I will certainly be revisiting it in time to come.
My rating- 9/10 (I am definitely in the positive majority)
My Top 3 of the Year:
- Call Me by Your Name
- Deadpool 2
How cliché. A teenage boy who has two superhero movies in his Top 3. What can I say, they were just that good. If you liked this review please do like and follow here and on my instagram @judesfilmreviews 🙂