Directed by James Mangold,
Starring Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, Dafne Keen, Boyd Holbrook, Stephen Merchant, Elizabeth Rodriguez
Hugh Jackman dons the adamantium claws one more time. We’re in the future this time – it’s 2029 and Wolverine is driving a limo near the Mexican border, working in America then crossing the border to a remote disused factory in Mexico. There in the factory, in hiding, is an ailing Professor X. A young girl with mutant abilities is forced upon the elderly Wolverine and his final adventure begins.
If the previous Wolverine movies, which I kind of enjoyed on a popcorn level, were of this quality, or least having the American R rating that Logan has, then I doubt that Hugh Jackman would be hanging up the claws now. I know a lot of you out there hold hope for the all singing all dancing former Broadway star to stay on, but I don’t know if that is going to happen. I can only say that if the previous movies in the Wolverine franchise are casting a shadow of doubt over you going to see this then don’t fear the light, let the light in, and you’ll enjoy what I think is a probably the best superhero movie that we’ve gotten in recent years.
The full depth of this film is just outstanding. It’s unlike any X-Men/Wolverine movie that has come out so far, unlike any superhero movie to date, and to be honest has more to do with the modern incarnation of the Western than anything else. Last year and the year before I cried in the cinema, it was A Fault in Our Stars and Me Before You; don’t you dare judge me, I’m slightly human for a cinema reviewer. This year the first film that brought the tears to my weathered face is Logan.
The story of the old man Logan, living in a world where most, if not all, mutants have been killed. Something is killing Logan too, despite his healing powers, but he’s keeping on going, to keep Professor X from having seizures that will kill everyone around him. There is a tracker mutant called Caliban that is helping to take care of the Professor. When a young Mexican nurse seeks Wolverine’s help to transport a young girl to a place called Eden, their private existence is shattered. The young girl quickly becomes the responsibility of Wolverine and Professor X, and they try to protect her from the forces of the company that genetically created her. The cross country trip will open the aged Logan’s eyes to the life he’s avoided.
This is the best superhero film I’ve ever seen, a place that for a long time has been occupied by Superman 2, it has knocked that one down to number two. The reason is that Logan is unapologetic about what it is, and does not feel like any of the previous Marvel films. It’s exceptionally violent, and it should be that. The introduction to the cinematic universe of X23, or Laura, brings in the hope that future Wolverine movies may continue. Only, and I’m serious about this, Big Time Movie Executives, only if you follow this format and style. The reason that the previous Wolverine films didn’t work for a lot of people as true cinematic versions of the character is that they tried to make them too friendly for younger audiences. Wolverine is a killer, the whole saying that he launches into, ‘I’m the best at what I do, only what I do isn’t that nice.’ Of course I’m paraphrasing. The violence will follow this guy around like I do with an ice cream truck.
Logan is more like last year’s Hell or High Water, and the violent Westerns of the modern era than comic book fantasy. A credit to James Mangold who finally cracks the code to a good Wolvie movie. The violence and action is perfectly paced, but the drama, with Patrick Stewart, Richard E. Grant, Boyd Holbrook, Dafne Keen, and Stephen Merchant, all on their top game is almost Shakespearean. Captivating and mesmerising, if all source material was shown this wonderful treatment on its journey to the big screen then any fan of any fiction would be happy. Right now this fan is so happy he’s going to eat some ice cream.
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