Logan brings Hugh Jackman’s final (and best!) performance as Wolverine as we bid goodbye to a master of his craft in a career defining role spanning 17 years; and it is indeed a fitting end. Read my review…
Set in the near future, a weary Logan cares for an ailing Professor X in a hide out on the Mexican border. But Logan’s attempts to hide from the world and his legacy are up-ended when a young mutant arrives, being pursued by dark forces. (IMDb)
There is so much to love about this movie. Right from the very first scene, you know exactly what kind of a movie you’re in and why it is rated 15 (I know its rated R across the pond…we Brits can just handle a lot more shit). That is literally just he beginning because the movie just gets bloodier and more savage as it goes on. This is some of the best action and gore I’ve seen in a comic book movie; and it feels appropriate. It does not feel contrived or tacked on due to the success of Deadpool. All the gore and ripping people to shreds was there to serve the story and character development more than just fan service. Then there were the F-bombs…all the F-bombs in the world! Its what we as fans have been waiting for. Moreover, even those who haven’t seen any of the previous X-Men movies will be able to fully immerse themselves into the story and go along for the ride.
The performances are stellar. Hugh Jackman has played this role for a very long time, and yet he is able to bring new nuances to a bitter and weathered Logan. Patrick Stewart brings the frailty never before seen in Professor X, one of the most powerful mutants in the X-Men universe; which was a surprising aspect of the story. Most impressive though, was the newcomer Dafne Keene as Laura. My lord she is ferocious! She is quiet for the majority of the movie but she is able to convey so much through her multitude of scowls. In addition to the actors themselves, the credit must also go to James Mangold’s direction and storytelling ability in drawing out such performances.
I only have two very small nitpicks, one of which is a spoilery third act character choice that left me with a few questions. The other is the lack of character development for the main villain. However, I completely understand that reasoning behind it; the movie would have probably been approximately 15 minutes longer and would have slowed down the story for our protagonists.
Overall, this is the Wolverine we’ve all been waiting for…absolutely savage AF! Logan is unlike any other X-Men movie we have seen in that it is not a superhero action movie. This is a much more sombre, deep and dare I say, a genre defining character piece about just a few people. If this is indeed to be Hugh Jackman’s last outing as the Wolverine, then it is a perfect send off for what has been one of the best portrayed comic book character on film.
My Score: 4.5/5 – a huge recommendation.
Logan is out in cinemas today (March 1st) in the UK and March 3rd in the USA. Go watch it immediately.