Honestly I’m going to have to nominate Logan for this.
My first introduction to superheroes was my stepdad pulling out a VHS tape of the first X-Men film in probably 2000 or 2001 and putting it in for us to watch. Ever since, the X-Men film franchise has been my absolute favorite. I still hold that X2 is one of the best comic super movie adaptations of all time, if I’m being honest.
Yeah, sure, I fell off the series at some point. I still need to catch up and watch Apocalypse. But as a kid, and later a teen, I adored those first three movies. I cant describe to you in words how much I loved seeing the old cast at the end of Days of Future Past.
So this year, I heard how good everyone said Logan was and decided to try it out, despite thinking that Logan wasn’t one of my favorite characters (I was wrong, as it turned out) and thinking I’d need to have seen Apcalypse first (also wrong).
It’s a wonderful, wonderful movie. Jackman and Stewart bring their roles to life in a totally new way, one that is tired and aching and old. Watching this movie makes you feel like it’s been 25 years since things were bright and happy. Since Bobby’s mom asked, “Have you tried not being a mutant?”
It’s a beautiful ending to the franchise, if I’m being honest, even though it isn’t over. For me, it’s the final farewell to Wolverine, a character I thought I was too cool to care about. And have I mentioned X-23? She’s amazing, just amazing. The things she can convey without speaking are tremendous. She doesn’t feel tethered to Logan, despite her origin. She’s absolutely her own being.
I absolutely love X2, and always will, but if there is any movie im comfortable promoting to that number one spot in its place, it’d be Logan.