Summary: 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.
Director: James Mangold
Writers: James Mangold (story and screenplay), Scott Frank (screenplay), and Michael Green (screenplay)
Stars: Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, Dafne Keen, Boyd Holbrook, Stephen Merchant, and more!
One last time. If this news hasn’t spread fast enough, let me be the bearer of bad news, my friend. Logan (2017) is Hugh Jackman’s last appearance as Wolverine. Some will see this as a source of pleasure and a reason to throw a party, while others will find sadness and great depression at the thought of losing the only Wolverine they had ever known and loved throughout all of the 20th Century Fox X-Men movies. After 17 years of claw action and shining moments, Logan brings fans the third and final installment in the Wolverine spin-off movies. While Logan (2017) might be the last chapter, it can easily be watched as a stand-alone creation. However, I’d strongly recommend going through all the adventures that Wolverine has been through to be able to truly understand his background, to feel the weight of the history of a character who has had his mind and body ravaged, and to share the heavy emotions that submerges Logan (2017). As disappointing as X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009) and The Wolverine (2013) were, fans should not stay clear of the third movie as Hugh Jackman brings out one of his best career performances in one of the most astonishing superhero movie released yet.
Set in 2029, it has been over 25 years since Logan has heard about any new mutants. The future looks bleak and Logan’s health is deteriorating as his regenerative skills are slowly disappearing. Bruised, beaten and mentally exhausted, he continues to take care of an aging Professor X, alongside Caliban, at the border of Mexico. Believing they are the last mutants to survive Father Time, their lives are nowhere similar to what we once knew about them. While perusing the streets as a limousine driver, Logan strugges to accumulate enough money to get him and Professor X on an isolated land by ship, for the rest of their lives. Things however don’t go his way and a little girl by the name of Laura enters his life and has him running away from a group that only means harm. Logan (2017) is completely different from the usual movie in the whole X-Men universe. It’s dark, gory and filled with sadness. Both the characters and world was brilliantly developed. Even the pacing was phenomenal. In fact, the rhythm of this movie followed the one that Logan will be having throughout the movie: heavily action-packed followed by periods of rest and recuperation. The introduction to Laura as well as the relationship she forms with Logan are by the far the best parts of this movie. To make things even better, the action sequences that these two actors share on screen will send chills down your spine.
Logan (2017) is one superhero movie that no one should miss out on.
This was a brilliant finale to Hugh Jackman’s legacy as Wolverine. I’ve never really thought too much of the actor’s portrayal of the character besides strongly believing that Wolverine was a pretty bad-ass X-Men. Although Jackman’s performance in Les Misérables (2012) was definitely his best moment in his career for me, I enjoyed his portrayal of Old Man Logan enough to say that it’s definitely a tight competition with his very role as Jean Valjean. Even if swearing is the first thing that will glow strong from his dialogues as Wolverine, Old Man Logan was just so much more. The sighing, roaring, screaming and cussing, all combined to remind us that Logan is a mutant that has been through far more than the eye can see. His character carries around the weight of a whole dynasty of mutants without ever being one to want such a life. He has never asked to be part of the X-Men and had never wanted anything from his life other than avoiding people in order to keep inevitable tragedy away. It’s this continued burden of always having to be the hero he was born to be, but never desired to be, that initiates his last calling, his last mission.
The introduction of Laura into this X-Men universe was done in such a marvelous fashion. People who had no clue what her powers were probably impressed by the execution and never saw the claws coming. I really loved how her character remained silent throughout a good portion of the movie and only cracked a sound when entering a state of adrenaline-rushed rage, and then when a certain relationship was built with Logan. Laura’s ability to showcase a child who was restrained from enjoying the simple things in life and who was built to kill was executed in the most stunning and head-dropping way possible. It was really impressive to see how the director managed to incorporate scenes of curiosity, discovery and attachment for that very character, enough to help us empathize with the character’s fate and her evolution now that she is on the run in the real world. Even more stunning was how the words that will later come out of her mouth will hold not only power, but significance. Every word she utters hits you hard and shows you that she isn’t just a child. I really loved how her speech at the burial was also a copy-paste of what she heard in the Western movie that she was watching with Professor X. Talk about ingeniousness. This movie really wanted to have me drop a tear or two.
Pierce, a villain that shows up early and maintains a constant, yet small number of appearances throughout the movie, was decently dealt with, both in introduction and development. However, I was kind of disappointed that he wasn’t given a bit more lines or scenes that dove into his background and motivations. Maybe it was because I was biased by the character’s performance in Narcos (2015), but Pierce was definitely a mysterious and intriguing villain. Although he doesn’t have the most astonishing set of skills, his use of advanced weaponry was always a horrible and gory moment. It’s how they kept on showcasing his mechanical arm that sort of tainted my own ability to truly appreciate him since it didn’t really bring any real enhancement to his fighting skill. As usual, Pierce was however not the head of the evil corporation he belongs in, which isn’t much of a surprise. Marvel seems to enjoy always having a main villain on the front page and to later present the individual who orchestrated the bigger problems that were presented. Here, we discover the son of the man who created Wolverine as the man who’s been trying to control, rather than eradicate, the mutant race. Unfortunately, the man disappears rather quickly, and is forgotten just as fast, as more emotional scenes take over the conscience of viewers. Does this ruin the experience, as it often does in other Marvel superhero movies? Hell no. They gave these villains enough of an identity to let every other element in this movie be strong and mind-blowing. Literally.
The action scenes in this movie actually deserves great praise. It is possible to realize the CGI that went behind some of the huge moments throughout this movie, but the effect of these scenes on your excitement is undeniable. Being the second latest R-rated movie after Deadpool (2016) gave Logan (2017) the way to bloodlusts and serious decapitation throughout the movie. Honestly, I never thought of Wolverine (the one portrayed by Hugh Jackman) was much of a fighter. What I mean is that it is hard to believe that Wolverine would have much of a chance in combat against other superheroes who have a much better fighting stance and combat style. But that doesn’t mean that Wolverine is an easy pray for people. Au contraire! You don’t want to piss off Logan, ever. The savagery behind every single one of his kills is insane and the cinematography does justice in portraying his raw and cruel moments. In fact, its how pain-filled, exhausted and angry every single one of his strikes are that make his action moments so beautiful. However, Laura brings a whole new level of brutality. Her movement is not only graceful, but strategic. To make things even better, they made a lioness analogy to her character and brought out the foot claw into action, serving surprising and impressive defensive purposes. The beauty behind her kills and the bloody and relentless stabbing that she rejoices in makes every single one of her kills a huge cathartic pleasure for the mind. In fact, these two fellows give us a pure eye candy for the blood thirsty fiends that live within all of us.
The surprise integration of X-24 was also a killer moment. Although I thought Sabretooth was back, X-24 was still an amazing surprise for fans of Wolverine. His crucial role in the end of Professor X could bring out claws out of your own hands, a simple and strong desire to jab a couple hundred times the improved clone of Wolverine. Let’s just say that I was glad that that adamantium bullet served its purpose. Logan (2017) remains one of the biggest surprises in the X-Men universe. In fact, I’d actually consider it being the best movie in the whole X-Men line-up, and that’s something really odd coming from someone who was greatly disappointed by the first two movies featuring Hugh Jackman. I’m really glad of the direction that this movie took and the ending it decided to go with. People might have expected claws to pop out of those rocks, but the omission of such a decision was definitely one of the best moments ever. I’m also gladly pleased by Laura’s final move of moving the cross on its side. One thing’s for sure. That “X” was a billion times better than what X-Men: Apocalypse (2016) did.
Is this the last time we will see Wolverine? I don’t think so. Hugh Jackman might not be the one to reprise his iconic role in the future, but the character is not one to lay in the grave forever. After all, the ending of this movie leaves us with plenty of questions to contemplate. In fact, Laura could easily grow into her famous role of X-23. Let’s also not forget that these kids are running to get help across the border. They could find refuge into a new group of hidden mutants ready to train and build a whole new squad. With Deadpool laying out plans for X-Force, it wouldn’t be too far-fetched to think that Fox would make moves to build new franchises like Alpha Flight, Generation X and so on.
For now, let’s all take a moment to contemplate the beauty of Hugh Jackman’s swan song.
Logan (2017) takes inspiration on the comic book story Wolverine: Old Man Logan by Mark Millar (writer) and Steve McNiven (illustrator). While it isn’t the same story, similarities can be identified.
Have you read the comic? Did you see the movie yet?
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MY OVERALL RATING: ★★★★★/