555 Days Towards Level 9000: Day 56.
Time Awake: 8:00 a.m.
Today I saw “Logan,” starring Hugh Jackman as Logan/Wolverine and Patrick Stewart as Charles Xavier. The movie also stars Dafne Keen (I had to look up her name) as Laura (whom we know in the comics world as X-23).
I’ll do my best not to spoil anything here. This is not a movie review; I will write one of those at another time. I will say this: GO SEE LOGAN. It’s an excellent movie. The super-hero references are sparse. And were you to remove all super-hero references, the movie would still be excellent.
My focus today is on one element: Patrick Stewart’s portrayal of Charles Xavier. In “Logan,” Xavier is 100 years old, or maybe 90. He’s sick, with some disease of the mind. I presume it to be dementia. What strikes me the most in “Logan” is how much Charles Xavier reminds me to my step-dad, Sheldon. Particularly Sheldon at the end of his earthly Life.
Xavier makes various facial expressions that brought Sheldon to mind right away. And from early on, it was like Sheldon was there with me, watching this movie.
At one point, Xavier shouts, “You’re just waiting for me to die!” Sheldon said that once in my presence. It wasn’t true; none of us wanted him to die. He felt he was a burden. We didn’t, but he must have saw difficulty in the eyes of one of us.
At another point, Xavier asks who Logan is. This immediately brought to mind one time in particular when Sheldon looked me right in the eye and asked if I was his son or step-son. “I’m your step-son, Michael,” I replied, which satisfied his inquiry and he moved on.
Xavier’s interactions with Laura are precious. He smiles in her presence. He wants to make sure she is fed, is resting. He talks to her and is genuinely happy to have Laura around. Sheldon was the same with children. He talked to them on the street and in other public places. Sheldon liked having children around and was genuinely excited to be in their presence.
Another comparison comes up in the video, and you’ll see me pause briefly and shake my head. Partially because it’s a spoiler, partially because I decide to leave that one unsaid.
What a celebration “Logan” is! It’s the perfect cap on the movie series of certain actors and characters. And it helped me to celebrate the Life of a very important person to me, whose earthly presence I still miss. But, it’s comforting to know he’s still with me.