Logan movie review
Ever since Hugh Jackman uttered those 3 words ‘Old Man Logan’ fans have been eagerly waiting to see if Jackman’s last outing as Wolverine would live up to expectation. I am pleased to report that Logan delivers and then some. While there is little comparison to be made with Mark Millar’s comic series this movie is a very loose adaption of Old Man Logan and feels separate from most of the X-Men movies have come before.
Logan takes place in the near future where mutants are all but extinct. It opens with a tired and broken Logan driving a limousine to provide medication for an aging Charles Xavier. Right from the get go Logan takes advantage of its R rating (15 here in the UK) where we see the clawed menace taking off the limbs of unsuspecting criminals. The violence is graphic but it never feels cheap uses it only to further the story. You really feel that everyone involved with the creation of the film was on board to bring us the best movie possible and provide a fitting tribute to a character that Hugh Jackman played for some 17 years.
When Logan meets a young mutant named Laura he and Professor X embark on a road trip towards salvation and redemption. Along the way we learn that Laura has abilities not unlike Wolverine. Their similarities don’t end here and actress Dafne Keen plays a young sociopath with anger bubbling under the surface which explodes into tremendous acts of violence when the time comes. I was impressed by how much emotion Keen conveyed especially considering she has very little dialogue. Keen was able to show a huge range only with the use of expressions and body language.
Logan is in its essence a Western about a character who is forced to face one last fight. The director (James Mangold) has experience with westerns having worked on 3:10 to Yuma and uses the genre to show us a grounded story about a family. The fact that this film features a guy whose knuckles present metal blades at will is inconsequential. This film could have been about a normal every day person without abilities which is what makes this movie so interesting. It is something new and can be enjoyed by anyone regardless of their opinion of comic book movies.
The 2 lead performances in the film are touching. Hugh Jackman brings the frustration and resentment of a broken man caring for a father figure while Patrick Stewart portrays the tragedy of an old man losing control of his faculties. I was prepared for this film to be bleak but was pleasantly surprised at some of the lighter moments. While there are few, they are welcome and poignant which helps bring some levity and respite from the gloomy world of Logan.
A minor criticism about the movie would be the score. I did not experience any extra emotion from the soundtrack and some of the music felt a little out of place. I usually rely quite heavily on the score to evoke emotion but as the performances and structure of the film worked so well, this was less of a problem than it would be in a weaker movie. The other slight issue I had was the villain. While Boyd Hollbrook was decent as the main bad guy I would have preferred him to have more of an investment in his plight. Holbrook was very good and worked brilliantly with what he had but it didn’t quite hit the sweet spot for me in terms of his motivation.
The thing that really stuck out to me about Logan is how the film is grounded in reality. If you forget about the plot revolving around a sci-fi concept you can really buy into the characters and some of the action sequences defy action movie tropes which is a welcome change for a comic book film.
All in all Logan is a superb film and like the Dark Knight back in 2008 it transcends the comic book movie genre. This film can and will be enjoyed by a range of people whether they know the X-Men films or not.
Go and watch this movie right now if you haven’t already.
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