This weekend we went to watch Logan, the new Wolverine movie. This was the first movie that I dared to take my 12 and 14-year-old sons to so I thought I’d share my experience. It was partly a selfish move because I wanted to go and not wait for a babysitter but it is also my older son’s favorite Marvel character. We read some reviews and ratings and eventually took the chance after my 12-year-old informed me that all his other friends have seen R-rated movies. (no peer pressure…)
The movie itself was great and the acting was wonderful. We got to see the Oscar nominated Hugh Jackman show us the depth of his character in addition to his muscles and rage. Patrick Stewart played the ninety year old Professor Xavier beautifully and showed humor and vulnerability. The young mutant with adamantium claws, played by Dafne Keen was intense and impressive despite remaining silent most of the movie. This wasn’t a typical superhero movie. It had the action but it was more about the aging mutants hiding out in a world where most people like them are no longer. It’s about Wolverine helping Professor X now that his control over his dangerous and powerful mind has deteriorated. At the professor’s request, he also ends up helping a young mutant with abilities similar to his own. Even though there is blood and violence, there is also a lot of focus on family and relationships.
As for the R-rating, I think it was necessary in order to show a Wolverine who is more true to the comics, raw and full of rage. He curses a lot and the F-bomb is thrown around a lot. There is one topless scene of a woman that lasts a second. It wasn’t very relevant to the story but I guess they already had the R-rating so why not. As for the violence, it is definitely more. In the other movies they show him slashing and stabbing people but then the camera pans away. Here the camera would show the claws through the bodies and the severed body parts. It wasn’t extremely gory in my opinion. It’s all relative to what your kids have been exposed to though. I think if they’ve seen tv shows like Gotham and various PG-13 superhero movies, then the violence was not too much more. It was also not gratuitous gore and violence and everything flowed with the story. They didn’t zoom in on anything gross just to be shocking.
This movie was more mature than the average superhero flick and it had a mature rating. I think it was something that people who are not into comic heroes could enjoy and elements anyone could relate to. It has its emotional scenes and its moments of subtle humor. I don’t think it is appropriate for a young child but I don’t feel bad about taking my boys to this particular R-rated movie. I just have to make sure they know not to copy Logan’s potty-mouth.