Logan Review

Logan

After nine films playing Wolverine / Logan, Hugh Jackman bows out of the role in this impressive alternate future story. Violent, but also takes time to tell a great story with a really interesting set of characters. If you have to leave a beloved role, this is the best way to do it!

Synopsis:

In the near future, a weary Logan cares for an ailing Professor X at a remote outpost on the Mexican border. His plan to hide from the outside world gets upended when he meets a young mutant who is very much like him. Logan must now protect the girl and battle the dark forces that want to capture her.

*spoilers appear from here on out!*

Cast of Characters:

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A battered, beaten and bearded Logan!

James Howlett / Logan (Hugh Jackman)After nearly 200 years wandering the Earth, the former Wolverine is now not only dealing with his impeding death, but the declining condition of his old friend Charles Xavier. Little does he know he has one last mission ahead of him…

Charles Xavier (Patrick Stewart)The former Professor X is now dealing with several mental conditions as he enters his 90s, which given he has the most powerful mind in the known world, has its problems…

Laura / X-23 (Dafne Keen)A young mutant who has been experimented on her whole life in order to turn her into the ultimate killing machine. Her powers are exactly like Logan’s, which is no coincidence…

Zander Rice (Richard E. Grant)Head scientist at the Transigen company that produced X-23 and others. He is the son of a Weapon X researcher who Logan killed in his escape many years ago…

Donald Pierce (Boyd Holbrook)Head of security at Transigen, and the head of the Reavers military group. He is sent to retrieve X-23 after he escape, but the simple plan is more complicated than it seems…

Caliban (Stephen Merchant)A mutant with the ability to track other mutants, Caliban has been put in charge of looking after Professor X while Logan is out making money…

Plus more!

The Good:

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Wow, it’s funny how badly this could represent the character if you haven’t watched the film…

A lot of things! The main trio is perfect, with Hugh Jackman doing an amazing job as an old, time-worn and weary Logan who has pretty much given up all hope. Patrick Stewart is great and properly believable as an old Professor X who’s mind is failing him (and who did something horrible, apparently…), and Darne Keen as X-23 is brilliant, which is a rare thing for a child actor, but she plays her part flawlessly.

The near future setting is well realised, with most things looking familiar with some exceptions, and generally the feeling that instead of dystopian horror it’s more unpleasantly “slightly worse” than the current way of life.

While I didn’t like Mr. E Grant, both Boyd Holbrook’s Donald Pierce and, funnily enough, Hugh Jackman’s X-24 (a clone of Logan who is pretty much just an out of control beast) were both great villains, with the fight between Logan and X-24 being particularly brutal and entertaining. Stephen Merchant was also good as Caliban, funny when he needed to be, sympathetic when he needed to be.

Actually, that’s another thing: the violence. It’s pretty bad sometimes, but never feels like it’s violent because “that’s cool”, more just violent because it fits the bleak and horrible tone the film set out to do. At one point Professor X is going out of control and has frozen everyone but the former Wolverine in place, and seen him slowly make him way through the room and jab his claws in the skulls of every goon he walks past was both horrible and gripping.

While you can imagine what final fate awaits Logan given the tone of the film and how it was made to be a vehicle for Jackman’s final performance as the character, I can say that the ending is not only touching, but full of hope, about the only thing even slightly hopeful in the whole film. Great ending.

The Bad:

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An imposing site! … unless you’re nearly immortal and have claws…

Sadly Richard E. Grant was once again playing Richard E. Grant with a slight sneer, apparently the only way he knows how to play a villain. It was quite distracting sometimes actually, how much his non-performance nearly took me out of the movie…

For the first 10 minutes I was a little worried in that the word “fuck” and its variations was said multiple times over, including in scenes where most would probably say another swear word to mix it up a bit, but thankfully it soon settled down into what I like to call “realistic swearing”, rather than trying to fit it into as many places at once because you can…

Overall Thoughts:

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Funny how just a little bit of make up and effects can age you so easily…

Logan is probably one of the best films I’ve seen in a long, long time. It’s bleak, but brilliant and has some great scenes and a fitting ending. If this truly stands as Hugh Jackman’s last stand as Wolverine, then that’s a hell of a way to go out!

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