Review: Logan

Review: LoganLogan * by James Mangold
Released by 20th Century Fox on 3 March 2017
Genres: Action
Length: 2h 17m
Source: Seen in cinema
Cast: Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, Dafne Keen, Richard E. Grant, Boyd Holbrook, Stephen Merchant

   

In the near future, a weary Logan cares for an ailing Professor X in a hide out on the Mexican border. But Logan's attempts to hide from the world and his legacy are up-ended when a young mutant arrives, being pursued by dark forces.


I’ll be honest with you – I was not looking forward to this movie at all. The previous two Wolverine movies were such let-downs, and I was even less excited when I found out this would be Hugh’s last performance as the character. I really just wanted this movie to be good because I wanted Hugh to have the Wolverine movie he deserved. Now that I have seen the movie, twice I must add, I can officially say Logan is a worthy goodbye for the actor who has given seventeen years of his life to this franchise.

It’s the year 2029, and Mutants are all but extinct. The last remaining few – Logan, Caliban and Charles Xavier – live near the American/Mexican border. Charles suffers from horrible seizures that can only be prevented by sedating him. Then, a young Mutant arrives on their doorstep; a girl with powers all too familiar for Logan. The three soon realise their lives are about to change drastically.

Oh gods, can we just pretend this is the only Wolverine movie in existence? Yes? Good. Because, this movie, this movie is amazing. Honestly, from the moment the first trailers arrived, I felt this movie was going to erase those previous two flops. Tanja and I were lucky enough to get tickets to a screening at the Berlin Film Festival two weeks ago, and we went to see it again a couple of days ago just because it was that great.

Wolverine has always been one of my favourite characters in the X-Men franchise and over the years that has not changed one bit. And for me, Hugh just is Logan, so I definitely thought it would be weird to not see him playing the character in upcoming movies. I loved his performance in this movie, and I loved Patrick Stewart’s performance as well (who would also be performing Charles for the last time ever). I don’t know how I feel about Caliban, though, because this character in this movie felt so different from X-Men Apocalypse (possibly due to it being two different actors). But for me, the person who completely stole the show was Dafne Keen who played Laura (aka X-23, Wolverine’s clone). View Spoiler »

I guess partly due to the success of Deadpool (though not the sole reason) Logan was R-rated, which allowed for the characters to curse and much much more. Because of this, the interaction between Logan and Charles felt much more genuine and with the usual dose of Marvel humour added it made the characters feel more real. The only thing I didn’t like was how some characters spoke Spanish, and those parts were just not translated/subtitled at all. The X-Men movies have had this ‘problem’ for years now (I think since First Class), it still annoys me so much.

Before I start rambling/spoiling the movie, I just want to say that Logan is definitely my favourite Wolverine movie. I can’t say it’s my favourite superhero movie, though, because it did not at all feel like a superhero movie to me. It felt more like a dystopia or a western movie which happened to have Mutants in them. Absolutely not a bad thing, but I kind of wished it had been more superhero-y, I guess? View Spoiler »

If you’re weary about the movie because of the previous two flops, don’t be, honestly. The first minute of this movie is already so much better than Origins and The Wolverine combined. Though the latter and Logan share a director (James Mangold), he definitely stepped up his game and delivered a movie worthy of the Wolverine title.

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