Logan: A Fitting Last Chapter for Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine
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Marking the third Hugh Jackman Wolverine film, James Mangold’s Logan is a grizzly and exceptionally dark character-driven tale; one that is unlike any other comic book-inspired story you would have come across before. Bestowed with a feral energy – something that was initially missing from other solo Wolverine outings – and a well-used R-rating, Logan is a real treat and a genuinely enthralling movie capable of delivering a world of goods for both fans and casual viewers aike.
The year is 2029 and it’s been almost twenty-five years since the last mutant was born into the world, with the majority of the mutant community now seemingly on the verge of complete extinction. Wolverine aka Logan (Jackman feverishly committed to the job at hand) now goes by his birth name James Howlett and spends most of his days working as a limo driver near the Mexican border whilst also secretly taking care of his elderly and sickly former leader and mentor, Charles Xavier (Stewart), who he keeps hidden in their shared Mexican hideout.
Drowning his sorrows with booze, Logan’s old age is also slowly catching up with him with his well-known healing superpowers already showing signs of demise. World-weary and physically exhausted, things take a turn when a young girl named Laura (Keen) enters his life. Having recently escaped from the same people who experimented on him long ago, Laura possesses similar powers to Logan and is now hoping that he will escort her to a supposed safe haven for mutants located in Canada. Agreeing to the mission, the trio soon makes their way across America, hoping to get Laura there in time before Donald Pierce (Narcos’ Boyd Holbrook) – an enforcer working for a mad scientist Dr. Zander Rice (Grant) – gets a hold of them.
Dark, gloomy and stupendously effective, Logan doesn’t feel like your everyday modern-comic-book-superhero movie. Scripted by James Mangold, Michael Green and Scott Frank, the movie – unwavering and relentless in its approach throughout – plays with an underlying somber sentimentality throughout, portraying the diminishing world of a character who seems to be slowly coming to terms with his own mortality. Diving deep into the pool of stark brutality, the violence is ruthless and unyielding whilst the story itself is both emotional and grounded.
Embodying his character with enough emotion and depth to last a lifetime, Hugh Jackman – sporting a grizzly beard and a wide-eye intensity throughout – offers one of his most powerful performances to date, while the always-superb Stewart and the fearlessly fierce Keen both do extraordinarily well to contribute to the movie’s overall success.
Unlike any of its predecessors, Logan feels organic and, despite being loaded with plenty of references and Easter eggs, manages to work well as a standalone film. Not everything is perfect – at times the focus is lost and some of the supporting characters are a little thin in depiction – this is a dark and genuinely exciting last outing for Hugh Jackman, who might be almost impossible to replace as the iconic Wolverine.