Don’t worry though; there will be no spoilers in this review.
Set in 2029 where mutants are on the brink of extinction, Logan is no longer the Wolverine. He’s much older and a grizzled version of himself as he makes ends meet as a limo driver and smuggling drugs across the Mexico border where he and Caliban (Stephen Merchant) care for a senile Charles Xavier. His world is then turned upside down however when a woman named Gabriela offers great money for Logan to escort her and a young girl named Laura (Dafne Keen) to a place called “Eden” so they can get away from some very bad people.
If you’ve seen any trailer or commercial for this movie you will no doubt see that this is a drastic departure from what many may think of as an X-Men movie or rather a superhero film in general. A dirtier, gritter film than previous entries in the series, director James Mangold succeeds in crafting a movie that defies the expectations put in front of it.
Going so far in the other direction from the franchise made this movie feel fresh. The more intimate style and approach Mangold brings here is a triumphant success. The success of Deadpool last year certainly made things interesting across the comic book/superhero film landscape. You hear it a lot about how there seems to be a glut of them all and now they all seem far too formulaic. Its impossible to not hear that from day to day. Some want more of what Deadpool offered, R rated adventures that help to push the boundaries for the genre and allow them to experiment. Well let me say you get all that and more with this movie.
In Logan, Hugh Jackman turns in his best performance as the iconic mutant and given that its the last time he’s playing the character, it only seemed fitting that he would give this go around everything he’s got. Jackman’s Logan here is a deeply broken man who is barely held up by whatever bottle of booze he has nearby and the sheer will and drive to provide him and Charles a better life to live. Jackman here brings a great vulnerability to the character that I feel has been barely touched upon throughout the character’s time on film and this makes it a little easier to truly invest in his journey here. His portrayal offers the biggest audience connection to the character of Wolverine than any film in the series has done before and its all the better for it.
Patrick Stewart’s last time as Charles Xavier is also an emotional ride itself. Seeing the most powerful mind in the world degenerate is heartbreaking on its own, but to see Xavier go in and out of knowing who Logan is and what’s going on is devastating because of the relationship built over the previous films and the as usual masterful acting of Stewart himself, who gives what also is in my opinion the best performance of the character bar none. While Logan is the focus of this film, Xavier is the beating heart of it. A sincere, touching, and moving turn as the founder of the X-Men, its a performance that will certainly stick with me for a long time.
Of course one of the big things of note with this film is Dafne Keen as Laura/X-23, the cloned daughter of Logan himself and a very beloved character among comic fans. Barely speaking a word throughout the runtime, Keen steals the movie as she is able to not just convey the same sort of intimidation and fury as Jackman, but also make her own character unique and standalone from his. Laura is a completely different mutant from who Logan is despite sharing the same powers and abilities and that’s just not because of their age difference. The bond between Logan and Laura helps hold the whole thing up as it goes along.
Stephen Merchant’s Caliban and Boyd Holbrook as Reavers leader Donald Pierce are exceptional performances in of themselves as well with Merchant providing some much needed levity to the proceedings when possible. Holbrook makes for a great villain who is calculated in his approach to his goals and far more engaging and entertaining than Richard E. Grant as Zander Ricer sadly, who just seems to the exposition machine for this movie. Pierce is cool and calm, but vicious when needed, trademarks of a really good villain. Rice is just an info dump character and far removed from his character in the comics.
At two and a half hours, Logan never really feels like its long or dragging itself along, at least to me that is, it’ll certainly feel different to those that view the movie itself, but I felt time go by as I sat in the theater.
The action sequences and violence of Logan feel authentic to its setting and never feels tacked on or painfully forced into its narrative. It’s a film that respectively shows it when needed for the sake of the plot.
In short, Logan is an excellent sendoff for Jackman and Stewart regardless of where the film takes place in the timeline, which is now as convoluted as the X-Men comics themselves. Logan is a phenomenal film and one worth going out of your way to see fairly soon. It very well may be the best film in the entirety of the X-Men franchise, but that’s all up to whom you ask. As far as I’m concerned, Logan is most definitely a masterpiece.
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