It’s been more than 15 years since Hugh Jackman took on the role of Wolverine in 2002’s X-Men and almost instantaneously from those first moments, he’s been the iconic connection to a ‘real life’ version of the moody, Adamantium–injected, blade-endowed hero. Playing the part of Logan on nine separate occasions, yes including uncredited cameos, and bringing forth exceptional performances even if the films were sometimes less than he deserved, we’re looking at you 2009’s X-Men Origins: Wolverine.
The magnificent Logan is Jackman’s swansong in the title role and it’s a truly fitting finale that’s as ferocious as his character but also poignant and unexpectedly moving in parts as well, the soft underbelly of Wolverine in fact. While there’s definitely a whole host of savage death, and scenes that fully embrace the lethal nature of his blades to their full extent, director and writer James Mangold has also managed to carve out an utterly beautiful and brutal end of days for one of our favourite X-Men characters.
Set in 2029, the film follows Logan as he cares for a dying Professor X, played by Sir Patrick Stewart of course, and they live out on the edge of the Mexican border in a beaten-down old water tower and deserted mining unit. They’re also looked after by Caliban, portrayed by an almost unrecognisable Stephen Merchant, who’s perfect as the albino mutant with powers that helps him track others, should that be required. They’re out of sight because Logan is aware of the power of Professor X, a man with the most powerful brain in the world, but also because Xavier is losing his mind and isn’t always able to control seizures which affect everyone around quite aggressively.
So, while Logan believes he and Prof X are some of the last mutants in the world, the Professor has other ideas but Logan doesn’t believe him because of Charles’ state of mind. But, the truth is, there’s a young mutant called Laura who escaped from a testing hospital and has powers all of her own, alongside huge trust and communication issues. Played by newcomer Dafne Keen, Laura is a fascinating character and Keen gives a stunning performance full of voracity while her character also has an amazing set of skills and a very natural tendency to defend herself.
Logan gives us the opportunity to see characters as we haven’t before, a gritty Professor X is a marvel to witness with Patrick Stewart swearing, in relevant moments, and coming back with one-liners, even if he’s gradually losing his control and a slight edge of sanity. Every character in Logan is being pushed to the edge of their existence in some form and while we learn that dark forces are after Laura, by wanting to take her and control her, the film is very much about Wolverine’s final quest to help those around him. Even with all his anger, he always ends up helping, like he was once helped back in the early days.
Director Mangold has created a tenacious film that offers the viewer a beautiful orange and red visual adventure, where the cinematography glides effortlessly from one scene to another. Truthfully, there’s little time for sentiment but somehow poignant moments filter through the dust, sitting comfortably alongside necessary violence and engaging dark comedy throughout, exactly as you’d expect from our favourite Wolverine.
Those sideburns, the growl, the beautiful rage has become a part of the modern film world and Jackman has also found an endless affinity with the character but as we know in the real world, all good things must, eventually, come to an end.
Logan is out now on Digital Download, Blu-ray™ and DVD, from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment.
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