Now that everyone has had a chance to digest Logan, the growing consensus is that it's right up there with the best comic book movies ever released. Given a free reign and an R-rating to play with, co-writer and director James Mangold and star Hugh Jackman have created a film that has not only raised the bar for the genre, but provided an opportunity for it to have a rebirth, too.

This isn't the first time that we've heard such a claim. Endless journalists across countless op-ed pieces have insisted that, post-Nolan's Batman Begins, the likes of The Avengers, Guardians Of The Galaxy, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, and Deadpool have in one way or another rejuvenated the genre.

But this time around Logan really has done just that. Here are three reasons why Logan has freshened up the comic book movie, and why it is actually the most important to ever be made.

Hugh Jackman in Logan

Logan Has A Distinct, Dirty, Gloriously Cinematic Style

Logan is distinctively, and cinematically dirty. It gets between your fingernails like no other comic-book movie ever has, which bleeds into James Mangold showing us how fallible Wolverine has become and how alone he is in this world. While it's admittedly a little downbeat, it's a point-of-view that we're just not used to seeing with the genre, which makes it so interesting. While Marvel's output all has the same blindingly bright color palette, and quick action edits, Logan feels as though it has been chewed up and spat out by James Mangold, before then being passed on to Hugh Jackman to do the same. That's before we even get to the R-rating, which allows Mangold to go into gory visceral detail with his violence to such an extent that you can't help but wince, while at the same time you also get a palpable sense of what it would be like to be speared by adamantium claws.

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