Plot: 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.
Review: Logan is the superhero movie we’ve always wanted. The world doesn’t need to be saved, it’s not a CGI crap fest – it’s very grounded and relatable. It’s a story about someone trying to find the meaning of family after everything has been taken away. Someone who has nothing to lose, and also nothing to live for. Logan doesn’t feel like a big budget movie(which it isn’t), it feels more on the independent side. Even the first trailer which had Johnny Cash’s “Hurt” playing in the background let us know that this wasn’t going to be our average superhero movie. We finally got the Wolverine movie we deserved, it’s too bad that it just so happens to be Hugh Jackman’s last ride.
The main thing audiences will first notice is that the film is rated R. I think Logan’s first word in the movie was “fuck”. From the opening sequence, we get a taste of how violent the rest of the movie will be. Yeah, we’ve seen Wolverine be violent in past X-Men movies, and closer to how we wanted him to be in The Wolverine – but THIS is the Wolverine we have waited 17 years to see. He is cutting off arms, stabbing people in the face, cursing up a storm. It’s insane. One of the things I was worried about was that just because the movie was rated R, I was scared the studio would overly use the violence and the cursing. But thankfully, everything is used perfectly. In my opinion, if it wasn’t for Deadpool’s success, I don’t even think we would have gotten an R-Rated Wolverine movie. Hugh Jackman even took a pay cut for the movie to get made this way. That’s how dedicated he was to getting this one right. Although Logan and Deadpool are both R-Rated, they are both very different – yet they will both be remembered as changing the superhero genre forever.
The villains in this movie are decent enough to get the movie going, but it’s the story of Logan, Professor X, and X-23 that will draw people in. Once again, it’s a story about family. Patrick Stewart also portrays Professor X in a way we have never seen before. Also broken down, we see a Professor X who loosely curses and is somewhat suffering from dementia. I loved the whole “The man with the most dangerous mind, also has brain damage” plot as his seizures can kill anybody around. It’s very weird to see Wolverine and Professor X portrayed this way, but it makes the story feel more realistic. What happens when you’re done saving the world and you get older? Another highlight of the film is Dafne Keen’s X-23. For those of you who don’t know, X-23 is a clone of Wolverine. That means she has the accelerated healing power as well as two claws per hand(Wolvie has 3) AND one claw on each foot. X-23 kicks so much ass in this movie that after every kill she does, I wanted to clap and cheer. The father-daughter storyline also played out perfectly(once again, family!).
Now, let’s talk about Hugh Jackman. The man who did not want to make this movie until everything seemed right. It’s very sad to know that this will be the last time we see Jackman as Wolverine. I was 9 years old when the first X-Men came out and I remember watching it at the Stonestown theater in San Francisco. In a world where movies and stories get rebooted numerous times, Jackman as Wolverine always stayed. Hell, even when they rebooted X-Men with the First Class trilogy(First Class, Days of Future Past, Apocalypse) – we STILL had Jackman as Wolverine. When we talk about perfect casting, this would be number one in my book. Yeah, Robert Downey Jr. is a perfect Iron Man, but I highly doubt he will play Iron Man for 17 years consistently. We get a Logan who is old, beaten down, and has lost the will to live. Yet, this is also the most violent we have ever seen him. This is Jackman’s best Wolverine performance to date, and it’s only fitting that Logan will be his swan song.
I am very happy that Logan turned out to be as great as it did. Not only is this Jackman’s best performance as Wolverine, it is also the best X-Men movie to date. And when people start talking about “greatest comic book movie of all time”, this will for sure be in the discussion. I am happy that Hugh Jackman and director James Mangold got to make the Wolverine movie they always wanted. It just so happens to be the movie we’ve always deserved. Everything from the tone of the film(it’s very much a Western), to the musical score – Logan has it all. I’m giving Logan a 9.5/10.