Let’s not mess around here – Logan was bloody awesome! Logan is the last film where Hugh Jackman will play the Wolverine, and it was for sure the best X-Men movie yet (Deadpool was good but for different reasons!). Director James Mangold didn’t hold back with this brutally gory superhero action epic and now, finally, there’s an awesome film that Wolverine deserves – what a send-off!
It was exciting and emotional, Logan is like no other superhero film you have seen before. It’s definitely the best new 2017 film I’ve seen so far. After the number of film misfires that Jackman’s Wolverine has had to star in, it was perfect to end his time as the iconic mutant with a film as good as this! FYI – this is definitely a spoiler-filled post!
A Story Worth Telling
An aged and dying Wolverine lives as James Howlett, a limo driver taking supplies across the Mexican border to an Alzheimers-ridden Charles Xavier. They are being helped by Caliban (played by Stephen Merchant). Although when a young girl, Laura (played by Dafne Keen) is dropped into their lives, everything changes. Pursued by Pierce (played by Boyd Holbrook) and the nefarious Dr Rice (Richard E. Grant) the trio of Wolverine, Xavier and Laura embark on an emotional journey to get Laura to safety.
Emotions Run High
Logan is a film jam-packed full of action, violence and tear-jerking conclusions. You never really get to come up for air during this one, as the fast-paced plot and epic action sequences are matched with deep and thoughtful scenes. Everything felt meaningful and planned out, nothing was wasted and no plot tangents trailed into nothingness. You wouldn’t believe how refreshing it was to have a self-contained film with no need or care to relate or reference to other films in its respective universe. This was purely Logan’s film and it was done perfectly.
*Emotional Part* There was a double whammy of loss in Logan as we lost both Hugh Jackman as Wolverine and Patrick Stewart as Charles Xavier. Both legendary actors in these roles and out, even if the roles get recast, Jackman and Stewart will always be these characters. The film concluded with a powerful end to Hugh Jackman’s time as Wolverine if anything, I’m just relieved that he, and Stewart, got a proper send-off.
Logan Pulls No Punches
Much like the no-hold-back style of Deadpool, Logan was full of extreme gore and violence. As shocking as it was, it was so needed. There was head stabs and decapitations galore, which I suppose is kind of natural in fight scenes with an enraged clawed mutant. If you’re not a fan of blood and guts then this one probably isn’t for you.
However, isn’t a bit of blood and guts what Wolverine needed? Too many films with a tame view of his character meant it was about time they unleashed the beast properly. Rather than a bright and glorified view of heroism, we finally get a grimy and gritty film were Wolverine’s true nature, and true heroism can finally be explored.
A Lesson To All Other Superheroes Films?
The way Logan dealt with self-awareness was second-to-none. In this film, they actually read the original Uncanny X-Men comics. The original stories were played off as writers documenting actual events and stories of the X-Men team. Overall, the comics were used beautifully. As a younger mutant stands with his yellow-suited Wolverine figurine at the end of the film, we see that this is a film purely for Logan and the original character – nothing else. No sequels, prequels or remakes needed, it was a perfect standalone film.
If you haven’t seen it already, then what are you waiting for?!
What did you think of the awesome Logan? Are you sad to see Hugh Jackman go? (I sure am). Let me know in the comments below! I’m loving the huge amount of Logan reviews I’ve read/seen so far, so if you’ve got a review worth reading, pop in below and I’ll certainly give it a look!