Logan - Review
Logan is a film about love, loss, and bloodshed. Lots and lots of bloodshed.
Logan's plot is unlike any of the previous Wolverine films, as it chooses to let the story drive the action, rather than the opposite. I won't go into the conflicts the multiple timelines present in the film, as the movie doesn't seem to care about them either. Instead, Logan tells a simple story of a dying mutant in a future he doesn't recognize, surrounded by people he knows less and less every day. Along his journey, Logan finds a girl, who turns out to be more than just an average girl, and decides to help her reach where it is she wants to go. The film never goes into time travel, or crazy government experimentation, while there is some of the latter. The story revolves around Logan, and his difficult path he follows to redemption.
Logan focuses on three main characters: Logan, Charles, and Laura, the young girl who finds her way to Logan. Hugh Jackman is superb in the film, to no surprise. We have seen Jackman usher the role, beginning in 2000, and now ending in 2017, 17 years later. His turn has been nothing short of captivating, and he turns it up to eleven in Logan. While Jackman has never been nominated for an award for his role as Wolverine, this could very well be the film that changes that, as this is easily the best performance of his career. Full of blood and tears, we've never seen Wolverine this way.
Patrick Stewart is back as Professor X, who has been sorely missed since his last appearance in 2014's X-Men: Days of Future Past. In this film, Stewart's Xavier is completely helpless, unable to control his powers, and teetering on the edge of life and death. Through this, Stewart brings an incredible personality to the role, truly making him the man he always was: a teacher.
Dafne Keen, a relative newcomer, is perfectly cast as Laura, or X-23. I won't go into any spoilers on her backstory, but her bond with Logan is certainly one of the most touching aspects of the film. For the majority of the final act, it's just Logan and Laura, giving the young actress plenty of room to shine, and shine she does. She delivers plenty of great action, utilizing her nimble frame to leap from enemy to enemy, making for some of the most creative action sequences in the film.
Logan almost feels like a western. Westerns are referenced in the film, and the first act's visual aesthetic clearly reflects the genre. Logan is full of creative shots that bring to life the insanity of what is occurring in the story, or the helplessness a character feels. Minimal use of CGI and some very good fight choreography make Logan feel real, and seldom like a comic book movie at all. Logan also utilizes its R rating, employing violence worthy of the character, as well as a more accurate representation of villains and common people than in previous X-Men films.
As Hugh Jackman's last turn as Wolverine, Logan is more than a fitting end. The journey that began in 2000 has come full circle, and it couldn't have been better, ending on the superb note that is, Logan.
Pros- Hugh Jackman, Story, Fight Scenes, Dafne Keen, Patrick Stewart