Logan (2017) is one more X-Men movie with Wolverine as the main protagonist and It is, in fact, crazy to think that Hugh Jackman has been Wolverine for the better part of two decades. Even crazier is that he was not originally the first choice! Now it is hard to imagine anyone else in the role. Whoever follows him has some very big boots to fill that is for sure.
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The Film Review
As soon as the Johnny Cash “Hurt” trailer for Logan dropped, you knew that you were in for a movie that was more brutal than the ones that came before it. Logan appears to be loosely based on the Old Man Logan comic book story or at the very least inspired by it in a small way.
James Mangold did a great job in directing this movie and while it ignores the majority of what Old Man Logan has which would have been too hard to bring to the big screen, it still tells a good story and features some of the elements from that famous book.
The story of Logan is that there are no more X-Men and Logan is actually dying, the Adamantium that has made him so strong is now what is killing him. Add to this he is looking after Charles Xavier as he has started to lose his mind and when the most powerful mind in the world starts to go…. Things can get bad….very bad.
Logan encounters a young girl who in the movie is called, Laura who longtime fans will know better as X-23. Charles tells Logan that they need to help her. Reluctantly he agrees to help transport her to a place where mutants are safe. While it is easy to look at Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, and Dafne Keen.
Stephen Merchant as Caliban a mutant who can sense and track different mutants also does a fantastic job. His banter with Logan is excellent and despite life just constantly kicking him in the nuts. It is his interactions with Caliban that show his more amusing side.
Action wise, Logan is brutal and I mean that in the most complimentary way possible. Now I do feel that The Wolverine has much better action sequences. Logan kicked the violence up to level 100 and it is great to see. It makes you wonder what could have been had they done this from the start.
You know that this is Logan’s last hurrah and that makes it hard to watch. You keep hoping for a miracle cure or something to save him, but deep down you know it is not coming. It is rather heartbreaking stuff to see a hero who has done so much good for others and been treated so bad go out like this, you just want more for him. That is how good Hugh Jackman has been in this role.
Logan is not a perfect movie, but it is damn good. I would say the villains are its weak point. Donald Pierce as well as Hugh Jackman pulling double duty as X-24 are not the best villains and never come close to matching some of the villains that were part of the series before. To be fair though this is more about Logan and his final journey than the villains he fights.
This is a great movie, it really is. It is well acted, directed and it is the end for one of the most iconic comic book characters of all time. Hugh Jackman really made this role his own and it is going to be very interesting to see how the series moves forward with a new Logan. To get the most from this movie, you simply must have to have seen the other X-Men movies before it.