Film and Theology: LOGAN (A non-spoiler discussion)

It doesn’t take long to feel Deadpool’s influence on the latest Wolverine movie. Within seconds there’s an F bomb and dismemberment. The later makes you feel that this may finally be the Wolverine movie we’ve all been waiting for. No more tame slicing off the ends of guns or burying claws into the chest. Nope, it’s finally the grizzly action you’d expect from a guy who’s power includes indestructible claws and the ability to heal from any injury.

There’s action, gore, unnecessary swearing and a free gratuitous boobie scene that makes it feel like it tried too hard to get that R rating but that’s not the heart of what makes Logan one of the top 3 comic hero movies in my opinion.

At the core of the Wolverine/Logan/Patch character is an anti-hero. He never claims to be a good guy let alone a superhero. In fact, he seems to hate those that embrace the title. However, despite Logan’s protests, he always seems to do the right thing for the underdog, the helpless or oppressed and that’s what has always drawn me to him.

 

 

He’s a hero in deed more so than words.

Growing up we had a name for those who wore the clothes of a skater but didn’t own a skateboard – poser. They were posing as something they were not.

Today, people everywhere are dressed head to toe at grocery stores in Nike and Under Armor gear filling their carts with things that will kill you faster than it will make you a better athlete. They’re posers of a different kind.

You can also see it at churches across the country. People trying to look the part, checking off the boxes on forms and applications but their lifestyles show that they’re posers too.

Here’s what I love about Logan as a character: he does the right thing if he says he won’t which is the opposite of most of us who say we want to do the right thing and then don’t.

He’s the anti-poser.

Especially in the world of Christianity there’s a disconnect between our words and our actions and the book of James has a good comment on this:

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He also adds…

“But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves… But the one who looks into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and perseveres, being no hearer who forgets but a doer who acts, he will be blessed in his doing.”

Be doers, not posers.

Ultimately, I believe Logan teaches us that it’s better to be a hero with a track record or heroics than to be called a hero with no resume.

Logan may not consider himself a hero we would. Why? Because his actions show that he is.

Wouldn’t it be amazing if the reason we were called Christians was because our actions convicted us of being one instead of us just wanting the title?

That’s the kind of hero and Christian I want to be.

 

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