By Quentin Basnaw
Well here we are. The long-awaited Logan is finally here, but does it deliver on the promise of a good film? In a word: yes. Logan delivers a gripping and emotional final chapter for Hugh Jackman’s portrayal of the character. I grew up with the X-Men films. Did I think Wolverine was the best character, deserving of three of his own movies? No, I did not think Wolverine was the best character (Nightcrawler all the way). However, Hugh Jackman’s commitment to the role and the fact Wolverine has been the center crux for this franchise has left a marked impact on all of us. Logan plays as a somber, action-filled, elongated chase sequence that doesn’t hold back. This isn’t just in terms of the R rating; the emotional beats this movie hits had me feeling tears coming on.
Logan stars Hugh Jackman as Wolverine, for his final turn as the character. Patrick Stewart reprises his role as Charles Xavier with a mentally ill twist this time around. Finally, we have relative newcomer Dafne Keen portraying Laura Kinney, a new mutant with the same abilities as Wolverine. These three form the emotional core of the film and each character is mesmerizing in their own way. Wolverine, as a character, is old; his body cannot heal as it once did (his metal skeleton has been poisoning him), reducing him to a chauffeur to pay for drugs for Professor Xavier’s failing mind. Xavier himself is in a dark place; his memory is half gone, he can’t control his telepathy at times, and he’s just sitting around waiting to die.
Logan and Xavier are some of the last mutants. They find common ground with Laura Kinney, who is looking for safe passage to a supposed mutant sanctuary. That’s when the chase begins. That’s all I can say without revealing too much. Logan gives us an emotional story of two characters we’ve known for so long in a dark place. They have no hope; they aren’t the heroes they used to be, and most of mutantkind is now gone. The violence and brutality in the film only helps set and cement this dark tone: Wolverine slices limbs off and mutant powers are shown to truly harm those on the receiving end of said powers. Decapitations abound. Last year’s Deadpool helped show studios R-rated superhero films can work. Logan embraces this approach wholeheartedly. The F bomb is dropped by Xavier and Wolverine like nobody’s business. All of the darkness and grittiness that comes along with this rating are earned, as they drive home the point that the more pleasant and hopeful days of the franchise’s past are gone.
Overall, Logan delivers in everything it sets out to do. The performances are the best in the entire series. Honestly, if Patrick Stewart doesn’t get an award for being Professor X in this film, I’ll be angry. The special effects are all there, for the most part, but they thankfully aren’t the focus of this movie. The characters are what make this film incredible. I highly recommend this film. However, don’t take your young kids. It is rated R, and, while not as profane as Deadpool, this film is still incredibly violent and gritty. Check out Logan ASAP!