I was just a young boy, young tween to be accurate, when I first saw Hugh Jackman in a major motion picture. He starred in a live-action adaptation of the highly acclaimed Marvel Comics series X-Men, portraying the series’ most iconic and recognized character, Wolverine. Fast forward 15 years later, and the end of an era has been marked. I practically saw every X-Men movie to date and Hugh Jackman has made an appearance in all of them as the metal-clawed, age-resistant, cigar smoking, berserker, amnesiac mutant hero we’ve all come to know him by and this weekend, he will take his final turn sporting those indestructible claws and slashing his way through cinemas. This week, I will see Hugh Jackman, in his final appearance, as Wolverine or by his more preferred name Logan.
Director: James Mangold
Writers: James Mangold, Scott Frank, Michael Green
Starring: Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, Boyd Holbrook, Stephen Merchant, Richard E. Grant, Elizabeth Rodriguez, Eriq La Salle, Elise Neal, Dafne Keen.
What am I expecting to see?: The first time Wolverine was given his own standalone film, it tanked. Badly. The second time, slightly better but still lacking. This time, there is a lot riding on making this right since this will be the last time we will see Hugh Jackman in the skin of his iconic character. In addition, Logan marks the final time Patrick Stewart will hold the role of Professor X, so this movie needs to hit all its marks if the studios want to say that they sent Hugh Jackman’s era as Wolverine out on a high note.