Yeah, I definitely shed a few tears in the theater for this one.
Logan was directed by the talented James Mangold, and tells the story of an old and weary Wolverine aka Logan in a near dystopian future, who is tending to an even older and wearier Professor X. In the midst of him trying to stay off the grid, a young mutant who is being pursued by an evil organization is placed into his life, and Wolverine and Professor X are forced back into the action.
[The rest of this Review will contain some SPOILERS, so read at your own risk]
So Logan is technically the 10th film in the X-Men film universe (Deadpool included), but the 9th one that Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine has appeared in. He’s been playing this role for just about 17 years, and Logan was set to be his last time as the character. I think it’s safe to say that this was a damn near perfect ending to his story.
Let’s start with the story. What we are given here is a very personal, very emotional tale. These are not the characters that we’re used to seeing on the big screen. Wolverine is getting old, and he’s not healing like he should be. He doesn’t even go by Logan anymore. He’s using his birth name James Howlett, and became a limo driver so he can support Charles, who has developed some sort of metal disorder.
Each character is pretty much fed up with life and the way things are, and they’re all so fragile, that you just can’t help feeling sorry for them. Seeing Professor X remember that one of his psychic seizures is the cause of the X-Men’s death was almost too painful to watch.
On the other hand, this is a tale of family. Logan is taking care of Charles because that’s pretty much all he has left. Or so he thought, until X-23 is basically dumped at his doorstep. After watching a very exposition-y video (yeah, they pretty much explain everything), Logan learns that X-23 aka Laura Kinney is actually his daughter. In the comics, they just label her as his clone, but the film took that slightly up a notch by straight up saying she’s his daughter, and it definitely helped the story in the long run.
The acting in this film is all pretty good. Hugh Jackman has played Wolverine for almost two decades now so it’s no surprise that he could do it again, although with a lot more emotion this time around. He ended his take on the character on a high note. Patrick Stewart did an amazing job as well. His casting as Professor X was always perfect, and seeing him portray this version of that same character was difficult to watch(in a good way). He added a lot of depth to Prof X, and I can say without a doubt that I’ve never been so emotionally attached to his character.
Boyd Holbrook was an interesting choice as Donald Pierce, but he was able to pull it off. His southern twang definitely added to the personality of his character. There’s something about villains and southern accents that just works sometimes.
Pretty much everyone else was a supporting cast member and I don’t have any complaints about any of them (those kids with powers though…they deserve a round of applause), but we all know who stole the show in this film: X-23.
Dafne Keen’s Laura Kinney/X-23 is one of Fox’s best casting choices ever. She played a character who just snarled for the whole film, cut everyone to pieces, and throughout all of that didn’t speak a word until the last hour of the film. Her character was stubborn and hostile to everyone, but in the end she just wanted a family to belong to. Seeing her interact with Logan and Charles and then eventually get closer to them as the movie progressed was heartwarming to watch. Like i said earlier, it’s a story about family.
However while it’s a story about family, it’s still a Wolverine film, and that means one thing is surely going to be included: some violent ass fight scenes.
We finally got our chance to see what an R-Rated Wolverine would look like on the big screen, and boy…it didn’t disappoint. You could tell by the way that James Mangold directed The Wolverine, this is the kind of film he wanted to make all along. However, they have to please the main demographic (which usually includes that of a PG-13 rating). Thankfully, Deadpool opened the door to successful R-Rated superhero films, and that allowed Mangold to take the gloves off with Logan. From the very first fight scene to the very last, it’s blood, guts, and decapitation. Logan is old, and he’s weak, but he’s still Wolverine. On top of that, X-23’s fight choreography was amazing. She and Logan were basically a slice and dice/decapitating duo.
There were a few moments that you could see the CGI pretty clearly during the fights, and that sort of took you out of the moment, but then all the action picked back up and you forgot all about it.
On the topic of the action scenes though, I have to give another quick shout out to that group of mutant kids. All of their powers were really dope, and they displayed them pretty nicely on screen.
It feels kind of wrong to complain about the film, but it did suffer some pacing issues in the 2nd act. Things slowed down around that time, and I just found myself waiting for it to get back to the interesting parts. On top of that, this film was very heavy on exposition. Almost everything was just laid out on the table like “okay this is why ____ happened, so that’s why ____ is like that now.” Luckily, the good outweighed the very little bad in this one. And we’re glad it did.
In the end, Logan took the X-Men films to new heights with it’s compelling and heartfelt story. While a few things could’ve been different , we finally got an R-Rated Wolverine, and it payed off big time. Being reintroduced to these characters was a treat, and meeting all of the new ones was special as well. If Fox ever wanted to go forward with an X-23 spinoff, I’m sure many people would love to watch it. We all knew Wolverine was going to die at the end, but when it happened, it hurt. Any good film will make you feel real emotions towards the characters you’ve seen, and Logan surely did that. Hugh Jackman ended his take on Wolverine on a very high note, and we thank him for 17 (mostly) amazing years.
Final Score: 9.0 out of 10
Logan is in theaters now.