‘Logan’ focuses on redemptive love for others

When I walked outside for the first day of my spring break, I wasn’t expecting to see snow. The daffodils and hyacinths in my garden had only bloomed over the previous two weekends. The vivid yellow and purplish-blue colors were now hidden by clumps of pure white. Rather than clear blue skies and mild weather, I was met with darkness, wetness and another round of cold.
 
Expectations are often met with surprise. The same was true when I saw the movie “Logan.”
 
The X-Men have always been my favorite Marvel movie enterprise. The discovery of one’s powers and the ability to shape them for good in a community devoted to education was a message that I could get behind.
 
“Logan,” however, was nothing like my expectations. Instead, it’s a commentary on the transience of life and its impermanence. Rather than extended action sequences, the movie focuses on moments between individuals: Logan and Charles, Charles and Laura, and Logan and Laura.
 
It feels less like a comic book movie and more like the end of a bildungsroman, a personal narrative.
 
The story of “Logan” is the story of humanity: How do we reflect on our lives at our journey’s end? How do we account for the sins that we have committed, and how do we find redemption?
 
As the end of the Wolverine saga, “Logan” reminds us of the depth of the character’s strength and his ever-growing and ever-present pain. Logan is someone who has met with suffering and loss at every turn, and, in the finale devoted to the personal usage of his first name, he is finally given release and redemption.
 
It was a good movie for the Lenten season because it is a story with which we all too often can relate. My husband and I were discussing upcoming events and budgeting, and when we came to the wedding of his youngest sister he began to groan.
 
He kept repeating that she was his “baby sister,” to which I reminded him that I was the same age as she is when we got married.
 
We aren’t getting any younger; the time for us to reflect and make change is now.
 
The same is true in “Logan”: trying to escape from the dystopic future he finds himself in, Logan has turned once again to his vices until he is reminded of the way forward, of the mission of Charles’ mutant school: to save the mutants and help them understand their powers.

Redemption through the love of others: That’s the story of the Wolverine.

It’s always been his story, but in this movie that personal narrative is brought to the forefront as it focuses on the possibilities of human connection.

It’s the same message taught by our faith. As we move closer to Good Friday and the death of Jesus, we recall the greatest redemption of all: our own.

Are we worthy of such a sacrifice?

Heather Bozant Witcher can be reached at hbozantwitcher@clarionherald.org

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