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Mutant, brother, healer, soldier, weapon, teacher, leader, father, legend. James Howlett has lived a long, painful and tragic 400 and something year old life and his legend comes to a close in the motion picture titled Logan.
Life for the man who was once called Weapon X and Wolverine, is not what it once was and neither is he. He spends his days working as a chauffeur, when he’s not working, he’s tending to a 90-year old Charles Xavier who is suffering from Alzheimer’s and seizures-ailments & illnesses that wreak havoc on his very powerful brain-with the assistance of the albino mutant tracker Caliban and on top of that, the healing factor which has allowed him to live for centuries is starting to diminish.
Logan’s mundane life in a world where mutants are practically brought to the brink of extinction is rocked when a woman named Gabriella begs him to escort a mysterious girl named Laura to a location called “Eden” in North Dakota and hot on Gabriella’s heels is a man named Donald Pierce, who leads a band of “enhanced” bounty hunters called Reavers who will stop at nothing to capture Laura.
Logan will mark the final time audiences will see Hugh Jackman portray the iconic character since his debut in X-Men 17 years ago and by my reckoning, Logan brings Jackman’s time as this character to a heavy and thrilling finish! Director James Mangold and writers Scott Frank and Michael Green took the Old Man Logan storyline and finally delivered a movie where the Wolverine character could really shine!
You will become emotionally invested in these characters because they are crafted in a way that illustrates that they are not what they used to be and it hits you that their time is coming to an end, particularly with Logan and Charles. You see Logan in his old age, his powers are fading, he’s worn out from fighting, he wants his rest-a soldier’s rest which he has earned- and you see Charles whose mind is becoming more distant and dangerous as he creeps slowly into his twilight and then they are suddenly thrust into this conflict they didn’t ask for and they must muster whatever strength they have to protect this very special child and that is something to invest in, especially if you’ve seen every X-Men movie to date!
This is an action movie through and through but what’s surprising is that it has more to offer beyond that.
In this movie, you can truly see Hugh Jackman and Patrick Stewart flex their acting muscles alongside newcomer Dafne Keen, this also pays homage to classic western movies like Shane for instance, the X-Men comics and films. Logan has many layers and every one is something to be admired and respected.
Logan had good acting beyond just the three lead performances from Jackman, Stewart and Keen. Boyd Holbrook as Pierce, Stephen Merchant as Caliban, Richard E. Grant as Dr. Xandar Rice, Elizabeth Rodriguez, Eriq La Salle, Elise Neal, Quincy Fouse among others were very good.
John Mathieson’s cinematography, Michael McCusker and Dirk Westervelt’s editing, Marco Beltrami’s score, François Audouy’s production design, the art direction, the visual effects, the sound effects, all done to heighten the rugged and grounded appeal of this picture.
Logan is a movie that lives up to the hype and send Hugh Jackman and Patrick Stewart’s eras as Wolverine and Professor X out in superb style. I’ve watched every single X-Men movie, going back to the first one when I was around nine years old and I knew that I was letting a chapter of my life as a film fan close when I was watching Logan but I could not be more satisfied with how they closed it. Hat’s off to Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart and Logan. Job well done!