All the expected and loved action of an X-Men movie but with excellent character development thrown in too.”
What a perfect send off to Hugh Jackman as the Wolverine. After 17 years as the character, starring in all the films within the X-Men franchise, Hugh Jackman is calling it a day and stepping down. In effect, passing the mantle on to another Hollywood star. I know! We also can’t imagine anyone else playing the role; it’s like another actor playing Iron Man instead of Robert Downey Jr.
Logan is the tenth installment in the X-Men film series and the third and final film that focuses solely on the Wolverine. Set in 2029, the mutants are all but gone. Charles Xavier (Patrick Stewart) who possesses the power of telepathy, can read and control the minds of others. Alongside Logan (the Wolverine), they are among the last mutants on Earth and are trying to survive in a world reduced to a wasteland. When Logan is approached by a nurse who asks for assistance to help her daughter and herself across the border from North Dakota to Canada, this sets off an unexpected chain of events.
Logan is not the usual comic book flick that we’ve become accustomed to in the past decade. If Deadpool charted a new R-rated course for comic book movies, then Logan has gone exploring and uncovered the wonders of this mature theme. The dark tone of the film is established in its incredible opening scene, and is maintained throughout.
Logan and Charles who are emotionally drained, tired and vulnerable, form the basis for a character-driven film. Charles, now 90, no longer has full control over his abilities due to illness, while Logan is being poisoned by Adamantium, the substance that made him the wolverine. What Logan does so well is strike a neat balance between its intense action scenes and the poignant ones where we see their vulnerability both mentally and physically.
We are also introduced to pre-teen breakout star Dafne Keen who plays Laura/X-23, a clone-daughter of Logan who, just like her father, has regenerative healing abilities and enhanced senses, speed, and reflexes. Keen is great in all her screen time, even with limited dialogue which mostly comes in the film’s final stretch.
Now, the Wolverine may have been humanized like never before in the past X-Men movies, but it is not to say the action is non-existent or underappreciated. Believe me, the action scenes are golden. Four major sequences play out across the film, each with all the violence and brutality expected of an R-rated film. With minimal reliance on CGI, these are without a shadow of doubt some of the best Wolverine action scenes ever shot. The intensity will have you clutching the arm of your seat and leave you with sweaty palms.
What it comes down to in the end is that Logan is not a comic book flick. It carries the name, rights and branding of one, but its execution is far from it. It’s the perfect portrayal of the Wolverine, not just letting us drink up the action but, more importantly, putting us inside the troubled psyche of one of the most popular comic book heroes ever. We highly recommend you see this one in the theatres.