I Legit Cried
I had planned a viewing of, "Logan," with some friends on Saturday, March 4th, 2017 long ago. Then on Friday February 24th, 2017 my wife, Samii, and I had to go to the hospital as her water broke earlier than it was supposed to. This resulted in us being relocated a number of times in the hospital as at first it was thought she may deliver, then they were going to keep her pregnant to assist with fetal development, then they were worried about infection risks and therefore induced labor. After being induced late in the day Monday, February 27th, 2017, our baby was born on February 28th, 2017, at 8:14 AM weighing 4 pound and 2.3 ounces. Having developed for only 30 weeks as opposed to the standard 40, he was 10 weeks early. We named him Clarkson Joseph Raymond Bitterbaum. He has two middle names, for both my grandfathers.
I had told my friends I wouldn't go to, "Logan," as a lot was going on earlier in the week. Samii thought I should go and do something fun however, so I took her advice and went. As the credits rolled I pulled out my phone and texted her that the movie was incredibly good, extremely violent, and had an ending that made me sob. I texted her, "I legit cried."
So Much Sorrow
Logan is clearly dying, the Admantium in his body has quit being an asset and is slowly poisoning him, taxing his healing factor and making any wound ravage his body to a degree he previously wouldn't have faced. This is a Wolverine who has healing powers, but is by no means at all like his nigh-immortal past-self. Logan is dying, he's basically waiting for Professor X to die, and there is just so much sorrow.
Oh yeah, "Logan," is rated R and earns it handily. If the other X-Men movies tried to avoid being too gruesome and kept things a little light despite immense world-ending threats, this movie is bloody, depressing, and paradoxically feels more important despite the bad guy basically being an evil company as opposed to some Universe-destroying monster. There isn't any big victory to be won, just escape from misery. Right as things seem to let-up in the movie we meet the latest lab creation, X-24. The astonishing thing about X-24 is that he is Wolverine, a much younger, rage-filled Wolverine with no moral compass, just anger. Played by Hugh Jackman with what I imagine was a lot of expensive digital-rendering, X-24 looks how Hugh Jackman did back when he first started playing Logan. It is incredibly trippy. X-24 also murders Professor Xavier, which made me feel very sad but not like crying. That happened a bit later.
A scene like this probably wouldn't normally have made me cry as I've seen plenty of movies where characters die and other folk are sad about it. However, I saw this movie yesterday with a son who is less than a week old in the NICU, a person who has existed for a handful of days but whom I already love and would do anything for. I can't fight or heal like Wolverine, but Lord knows I would without a doubt go to any extreme to keep this little piece of me safe and happy. Logan died helping save his child and ensuring she would live a happy life. He did all he could for her, and in that moment, in this movie about people with superpowers fighting I felt like I understood this story better than I ever would have been able to if this film had come out even just a week earlier.
Just the Right Time
I saw, "Logan," at just the right time for the reaction I had to it. It's a stellar movie in general, but the timing of my viewing it is without a doubt what caused all my waterworks as the credits rolled. A ton of credit for this needs to be given to Director James Mangold and Hugh Jackman for his amazing career-spanning performance as Wolverine that ends in what is possibly the best way possible, with the best X-related movie ever. ("Deadpool," is great too, but very different). Logan has lived a long life and deserves some rest, but my life as a parent is just beginning. I couldn't be more excited despite the stress surrounding the birth of my son and look forward to all the joys awaiting my wife and I. Clearly this movie easily gets...
5 out of 5 stars.
Oh, and there is no after-credits scene, there is a fun little short with Deadpool before the movie, but that's all. It makes sense as having a stinger after the credits of this movie would almost feel a little tacky.