The original X-Men film was released 17 years ago, fast forward six films and three spin-offs later. The only constant thing has been Hugh Jackman playing Logan aka Wolverine. Re-teaming with The Wolverine director James Mangold. James did a respectable job with his first endeavor bringing Logan to Japan. Now arrives the latest entry to the mutant saga Logan.
Logan takes place in the near future. A weary Logan cares for an ailing Professor X in a hideout 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.
James Mangold and Hugh Jackman had finally produced a definitive Wolverine film. The Wolverine was great. It did have some issues, particularly towards the end. But Logan takes what works with the former film and grows on it. While building it for a mature audience. Not merely with the violence, with its themes too. Logan isn’t just a great superhero movie, it’s a great film in general. The script is well paced, never was there a moment that it felt slow or dull. As well, they did a good job of humanizing Logan, putting the character in scenarios that we haven’t seen yet. It’s an action movie, but it is also a character study on a broken hero.
Visually, this film looks terrific. Amazingly for a movie dealing with such dark themes, it’s very bright. I constantly felt, that a film dealing with mature themes doesn’t need to look dark. I want to see what’s going on. Visually, it reminded me of a Sergio Leone western. Another thing the camera doesn’t shy away from the violence. It’s all in your face from claws cutting limbs off to going through heads and arms. The mix between practical effects and CGI looks good and mixes well.
Hugh Jackman continues doing a marvelous job playing Wolverine. In this movie he gets to take the character arc into territory’s we haven’t seen before. It’s gotten to the point that Hugh is Wolverine, he’s been taking on the role for 17 years and it’s going to be hard to see someone else playing this same role in the future. We also get to see Patrick Stewart takes Professor Xavier to new lengths and places we haven’t experienced the character go. Even the relationship between Xavier and Logan is taken to another stage. Like a son having to take guardianship of his ailing father and it gives the film a little added humor. I am not being specific on purpose, so I don’t have to go into spoiler territory. Newcomer Dafne Keen definitely adds a new level to the film and does a great job playing Laura. The intensity and chemistry between Laura and Logan plays great on screen.
We have never seen Wolverine kick ass the way he does in this film. The action sequences are top notch. Even with the added addition of Dafne Keen. She delivers some awesome fight scenes that are well choreographed and look great. When they are fighting together its jaw dropping. Xavier also gets in on the action and we get to see him utilize his powers in a different light. All of the action set pieces look great. Simply it’s the finale that stands out the most, it ends the film with a visual and dramatic high note.
Logan takes the Superhero genre to the next level, while also being a great film in general.
4 out of 4 Hats