Logan (2017) review

Logan is unlike any other X-Men film. It is thoughtful and emotional; a superhero film with real feeling.

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Rating – 5 out of 5

Director – James Mangold

Starring – Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, Dafne Keen, Boyd Holbrook

Certificate – 15

Being a fan of the X-Men franchise, I was looking forward to seeing the final part of Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine story and I found myself blown away. Logan is dark and hard-hitting – one of the best films I have seen in a while.

The film is set in the not so distant future of 2029, where an ageing and grey Logan (Hugh Jackman) is caring for an ailing Charles Xavier (Patrick Stewart) in a hideout on the Mexican border.

A weary Logan is looking to live out the rest of his life in a quiet existence, hidden from a world where mutant kind is close to extinction.

However, the appearance of a young mutant called Laura (Dafne Keen), who is being pursued by a mutant hunting military organisation, takes him and Professor X in a completely different direction.

James Mangold, who also directed the second installment in the trilogy, has created an excitingly vicious but moving story. Securing a higher age rating for the third and final film has enabled him to bring Wolverine’s story to a close in the best possible way. Logan follows in Deadpool’s brutal and bloody footsteps, opening the action up and letting Wolverine loose. Exciting action scenes, gory special effects and a highly emotional story line make this film one of the best in the X-Men franchise.

Compared to the action packed, end of the world plots of the other X-Men films, that often rely on their special effects to keep you watching, Logan is very character focused and story driven. The deep and dark plot shows more of the human and kind-natured side to the usual beast-like character.

You are forced to see Logan and Xavier stripped back and showing their mortality. Xavier’s extraordinary mind is battling with dementia and Logan’s healing power is slipping away. Both Jackman and Stewart play their parts perfectly, with Stewart’s performance being one of his best yet.

Laura, aka X-23, plays a silent role throughout most of the film. Although it is a far from silent performance. Communicating solely through facial expressions and body movements, she faultlessly portrays all of Laura’s emotions. Keen puts on a stunning show and with her character’s abilities being very much like Logan’s, she captures the essence of Wolverine perfectly. The way she presents the animalistic nature is captivating; leaping and slashing her way through the bloody fight scenes, ripping the bad guys’ heads off. An outstanding casting of a young sure-to-be star, who has such a powerful presence.

Jackman has confirmed that this will be his last film in the franchise and his performance is a flawless tribute to the character. After 17 years in the role, this finale is the ultimate and most satisfying goodbye to Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine.

A heartwarming yet heart-wrenching story; Logan is an emotional and incredible finale to the trilogy.

Featured photo – Photo Credit: Ben Rothstein – © 2017 Marvel. TM and © 2017 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation.

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