Logan

Wolverine is back, baby! But the new Wolverine movie is called Logan because it turns out Wolverine is just a nickname. Wolverine’s real name is Logan, and Logan don’t got time for your silly nicknames, comprende? And when Logan travels across the border to Mexico, it’s time to take out the trash!

If you’re like me, you’ve been waiting around for a superhero movie to actually kick some ass for once. Well I’ve got a little spoiler alert for you: Logan is nonstop action from start to finish. It’s no Avengers kiddie toy movie, this one’s got cojones, comprende? You better not cross Logan because he’ll slash you with his claws, no question. He doesn’t take any shit and he gets the job done, every time.

The other thing I noticed about Logan and what makes it different from other superhero movies was Hugh Jackman’s acting. He doesn’t hold back at all in this one, and it shows. Some of my favorite moments were Hugh Jackman just screaming his lungs out which is what would actually happen if you got into all of these sticky scrapes and had to slash your way out like an animal.

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Someone clearly isn’t having a good day…

The realism of Hugh Jackman’s screaming is just one part of what makes Logan so much more believable as an actual story for adults. Another incredible aspect of the movie’s realism was the way in which Logan eats his food. That Logan is shown eating at all is a big upgrade from other comic book movies which rarely if ever show anyone enjoying a meal which is one big way you know they’re all phony.

Watching Logan eat delicious food from around the world will make your mouth water as you look up at the screen. I actually ended up learning a lot about new Asian fusion cuisine from the half dozen scenes where Logan takes a break from kicking bad guy butt and finds the best place to eat in the area for a relaxing lunch or dinner. We get to see Logan devour Mexican-Chinese Dim Sum, Japanese Tapas (Logan loves small plates) and one four-course Vietnamese-French feast that will have you on the edge of your seat wanting more.

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“I actually feel like I’m in Colonial-era Hanoi.” – Logan (Hugh Jackman) in Logan (2017)

But my personal favorite scene came near the end after Logan learns of the mutant virus being developed by Transigen and then stumbles upon this little hole-in-wall counter joint where they don’t even speak English. This makes Logan mad of course, but that doesn’t stop him from wolfing down a plate of spicy kimchi spaghetti.

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Logan scarfs down this Korean-Italian dish in my favorite scene in Logan (2017).

Apart from the excited expressions on Hugh Jackman’s face as he experienced the spiciness of the kimchi, what made this scene so memorable in my opinion was the extremely creative use of cinematography. The rapid zoom shots into the spaghetti as it was served and into Hugh Jackman’s face as he takes the first bite were pure movie magic. And I don’t even know where to begin discussing the shot from the POV of the noodles as Logan shovels them into his mouth with chopsticks.

TL;DR Logan is an action-packed yet surprisingly food-filled sensation that defies genre conventions with Hugh Jackman offering the darkest, most realistic portrayal of Logan yet in his twelfth big screen appearance as the popular comics character.

What the rest of the critics are saying:

“Make no mistake, Logan is one of the best superhero action movies we could’ve hoped for. I learned so many gourmet recipes watching this movie that I can’t wait to try when my wife comes home from her sabbatical.” – James Berardinelli, ReelViews

“Strip away the silliness and all the other less realistic X-Men and what you’re left with is a thrill ride where you will come face to face with the true essence of the mutant man, Logan, who will cut your throat out if you’re not careful.” – Blessing Murton Sparse, The Washington Post

“I ordered the curry fried rice with shrimp, honey walnut shrimp, and crab Rangoon. The curry fried rice with shrimp was a little dry, but the flavor was there. All in all, I hope Hugh Jackman was bluffing when he said this was the last time he’ll be bearing his claws on the silver screen.” – Wesley Morris, The Boston Globe

“Hugh Jackman gives Logan the mutant man a humanity like we’ve never seen before in a heartfelt performance full of blood curdling screams that will make your skin crawl.” – Eric D. Snider, EricDSnider.com

“Awesome vibe and atmosphere. The scene where Logan claws the waiter’s guts out after placing his nose in a wine glass full of a Spanish tempranillo that had clearly turned was seriously the best I have ever had.” – Waldo Mootza, Slate

Melonmeter® Score:

99% liquid & seed retention – watermelon_icon_pitr-1979px CERTIFIED JUICY

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