In 2029, mutant-kind is on the brink of extinction. An aged Logan (Hugh Jackman) is hiding in Mexico with Charles Xavier (Patrick Stewart) and Caliban (Stephen Merchant). When a woman finds Logan and asks for his help to transport her daughter, Laura (Dafne Keen), to a supposed mutant haven known as Eden, Logan and Charles set out for the US-Canada border while protecting Laura from Donald Pierce (Boyd Holbrook) and his band of Reavers.
Hugh Jackman as Wolverine in X-Men is one of those castings that was perfect. Over the years, he has put his heart and soul into the role and has come to embody the character. It’s one of those actor/role combinations that I can’t imagine any other way. Now, after 17 years and nine films, Jackman retracts the claws for good and hangs up the cowl, but not before giving the best performance of the character yet.
The X-Men movies have all fallen victim to having too many characters to juggle. Some have adapted and made it work well (X-2: X-Men United), others have not (X-Men: Apocalypse). Even the other Wolverine movies have felt bloating with the amount of support characters they have tried to include. Logan, on the other hand, keeps the focus very much on Logan, Charles, and Laura. There is a reason it is called “Logan” and not something like Wolverine 3. The character moments are what drive the story forward. The little interactions between Logan and Charles, who has become somewhat of a father-figure to Logan, and Logan and Laura, who in essence has become his daughter, feel intimate and authentic. There are other characters as well but they are antagonists whose purpose is to move the story forward.
Logan is the most mature and darkest of not just any X-Man movie but superhero movies in general. I don’t just mean “mature” with the violence but how it approaches the characters as well. As I mentioned before, this story is all about Logan, Charles, and Laura as a bizarre, mutant family. Most superhero movies tell a story around the characters’ superpowers. This movie, on the other hand, tell a story about characters who happen to have superpowers. This makes it unlike any superhero that has come before.
After the success of Deadpool, Fox decided to go with an R-rating for Logan, which is something the character has been missing all these years. Wolverine has always been an aggressive, violent character and his cinematic version has always felt to me that he has been held back by the PG-13 rating. Now, the character can really let loose. Logan takes full advantage of the R-rating, showing even that an aged Logan is something to be feared. This film would not have worked if it was restrained by a lower rating. Laura is a younger, more rough-around-the-edges Wolverine, whose pure savageness needed to be unfiltered.
This film is a lot longer than it feels. With a runtime of over two and a half hours, it just flew by. I felt invested in the characters and the story. It had its action moments and its character moments. It was never moving too fast nor did it ever feel like it was dragging. There was a perfect balance between the loud action sequences and the quieter character moments.
I thought Logan was GREAT 😀 You’d be hard pressed to find someone who has come to embody a character the way Hugh Jackman has become Wolverine. As a farewell performance for the character, Jackman gives the best performance of the character to date. A tight familial dynamic between Logan, Charles, and Laura and intense and exciting action scenes make Logan not just good Wolverine movie but a great movie in general.
Cast & Crew
James Mangold – Director / Story / Screenplay
Scott Frank – Screenplay
Michael Green – Screenplay
Marco Beltrami – Composer
Hugh Jackman – Logan
Patrick Stewart – Charles Xavier
Dafne Keen – Laura Keen
Boyd Holbrook – Donald Pierce
Stephen Merchant – Caliban
Elizabeth Rodriguez – Gabriela
Richard E. Grant – Dr. Zander Rice
Eriq La Salle – Will Munson
Elise Neal – Kathryn Munson
Quincy Fouse – Nate Munson
Great review! I’m definitely going to miss Jackman as Wolverine but this was an awesome final outing for the character.
Thanks! Me too. It’s bitter sweet but at least he’s ending on a high note.
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My favorite movie of 2017 and I really don’t think there will be a better one this year. If there was any justice they would just rain awards on everyone involved
This is certainly a strong start to the year for sure! But it’s only a quarter of the way through so there is still plenty of time. I do hope Logan does get some form of recognition though and maybe break the trend of superhero films getting overlooked during awards season.
Thanks for commenting, Sati. 🙂
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Good review. I also thought it was the best of the series. While I agree that the R rating was used appropriately my frustration with that is I cannot share this with my son for a few years yet.
Another thing I appreciated was the use of “Hurt” by Johnny Cash in the trailer. Could there have been a better song for the tone of this movie? I don’t think so.
Thanks. Knowing you are someone who watches films with your son frequently, I can see how waiting to share such an excellent film with him is disappointing.
I agree about “Hurt.” That song choice was tonally appropriate for the trailer. It really set the whole western/noir vibe of the film before it even hit theaters.