For 17 years, Hugh Jackman has graced our movie screens as one of Marvel’s most badass superheroes. Starring in nine X-Men films over his career, if you count his cameos in First Class and Apocalypse, it’s hard to think of anyone who could replace him as Wolverine. That’s why we have Logan; a fitting farewell to the badass X-Man and boy does the film go all out in making this, possibly, the best X-Men movie of all time.
Based loosely on the Old Man Logan story the film is set in a dystopian future, where mutants are dying out. Logan (Hugh Jackman), using his name, James Howlett, works as a limousine driver in order to hide his identity as the Wolverine as well as earn money to support himself and Professor Xavier (Patrick Stewart). Both Logan and Xavier are shells of the men they once were; with Xavier suffering from Alzheimer’s Disease and unable to control his powers and Logan suffering from an unknown disease which is killing him and causing his regenerative abilities to not work as well as before. Logan is one day tasked to protect a mysterious girl named Laura (Dafne Keen), who also happens to be X-23, from Transigen. The film follows Logan, Laura and Xavier’s attempt to run away from Transigen and avoid themselves from being killed.
Logan is far from your typical superhero movie, but in a very good way. You know how most superheroes have a moral code where they refuse to kill people? Well, throw that mindset out the window as Logan is unapologetically violent. Within the first five minutes of the film you’ll find Logan slicing and dicing gangsters left, right and center. The setting is also very gritty in itself with the use of open, barren landscapes and a dark colour palette, which adds to the dystopian setting of the film. As weird as it sounds Logan is very cinematic, mostly through its cinematography and basis on realism; so much so that you forget that you’re watching a superhero movie. Logan also draws its inspiration from the Western and Road Movie genres. What I also appreciated from the film was how self-reflexive it was. The film uses its Easter Eggs in a very clever way that it incorporates it into the narrative of the film.
Logan is, undoubtedly, Jackman’s best portrayal as Wolverine and reminds us how well he knows the Wolverine character. You can feel that Jackman put his all into making this his best performance of Wolverine and I can imagine that this film was a very personal one for him. Stewart shows us a very different side to Professor Xavier, one that makes us sympathise with just how much the character has gone through over time. Stewart performs this in a way only he could and this could also possibly be his best (and probably last) portrayal of Professor Xavier in a long time. Newcomer Dafne Keen does a solid performance as Laura/X-23. She had a lot of energy and vigor and her fight scenes were as brutal as you would have expected. I liked that she didn’t talk for most of the film as it added more intrigue to the character and allowed her actions to speak louder than her words. My guess is that if Fox make a new X-Men movie (depending on the timeline) she will probably be the new Wolverine moving forward.
Overall, Logan is a bloody farewell to one of the most iconic Marvel superheroes to grace our screens. This is one of those films where you know what kind of ending to expect, but want to follow the process as to how that ending is reached. Logan can easily stand as a standalone superhero movie as there are little to no references to any of the previous X-Men films. Do not go into this film expecting an MCU-style movie, you’ll be met with all the things it could never do and more. Oh and don’t let the term “superhero movie” fool you, this is one superhero film you don’t want to take your children to see. It is also very mature in terms of the themes and subject matter that it addresses. For anyone who had doubts about this film because of the previous Marvel films Fox made, rest assured that Logan is one of the best Marvel films Fox have made in a very long time. With that being said, I recommend that you give this film a watch and see Wolverine walk off into the sunset one final time.
P.S. There is no post-credits scene in this film