It feels bittersweet to write this review, being a huge fan of everything X-Men-related, especially Hugh Jackman’s incredible portrayal of Logan/Wolverine since his introduction in Bryan Singer’s X-Men in 2000.
After saving the world countless times and losing everyone close to him, it was time for Logan to hang up his claws, but not without one last fight for the mutant population. In Logan, we’re thrown into the near future, where no new mutants have been born for decades. Logan is looking worse for wear, and making a living as a limo driver to earn money for medication for Professor X (Patrick Stewart), who he keeps hidden in a makeshift home on the Mexican border. Despite all hopes being loss for a new mutant population, a young girl called Laura (Dafne Keen) enters their lives, and Logan must use every ounce of strength he has left to save her from dark forces.
This isn’t just another superhero/antihero flick. Director and writer James Mangold has crafted a spectacular film, one that does justice for the character and the genre. Action packed from the beginning, right through until the big finale, Logan is brutal, bloody and brilliantly choreographed. Film buffs will also appreciate the stunning cinematography, which brings to mind classic Hollywood cinema. The imagery is rich, which only adds to the sullen atmosphere and high energy action sequences.
There’s no doubt in my mind that Jackman was always the right choice to bring Wolverine to life, and fans will be pleased to see old man Logan. He might be on his last legs but boy do they get him places. His hopelessness and anger is ever present, but the small part of him that wants to help the world never dies. Jackman gives a violent, emotional and at times touching performance, making sure to leave his mark, and making it damn hard to anyone in the future to compare.
Sit Patrick Stewart also gives a great final performance as Professor X (Charles Xavier), who is run down and losing control of his enormous powers. It’s hard to see such a beloved character reduced to what he is in the first half of the film, but thankfully and expectedly, Charles hasn’t given up hope for a mutant future. As always, he’s there to guide Logan, offering sage advice and being the wonderful leader he was born to be.
Praise must also be given to Dafne Keen, who plays the special young mutant, Laura. Though silent most of the film, her performance is incredibly nuanced, bringing out out the best in Jackman and giving as good as she gets.
Logan is a triumph in every way. Jackman couldn’t have gone out in a better film, and Mangold couldn’t have given the character a better vehicle to say goodbye.
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