Logan is the tenth installment of the X-Men film series that began in 2000 with the original X-Men film.
I have been a particularly strong fan of past few entries in the X-Men series, but Logan has not really been a factor in that so I went into this film with relatively mild expectations.
X-Men was also the first time Hugh Jackman took up the role as the mutant Logan and he has continued in that role for the past 17 years, with Logan being his alleged final time in the role.
Whether Jackman is actually done with the role or not is something I feel skeptical about. However, whether he continues with it or not, it should be acknowledged that this is the longest run that one actor has had as one superhero character ever. Which to me, seems to be an indication of Jackman’s considerable ability in this role.
The film begins several years since the death of the original X-Men team due to unspecified circumstances. Though, later on in the film there are hints to what happened to them.
Logan lives a destitute life as a chauffeur trying to put together enough funds for himself and long-time friend Charles Xavier to purchase a boat and live out on the ocean.
Patrick Stewart returns to his own long-time role as Xavier who is a powerful telepathic mutant who has been stricken with an unnamed degenerative disease. The symptoms of his disease are occasional seizures that cause his telepathic powers to go into overdrive and cause massive psychic pain to everyone in the vicinity.
Because of theses seizures, Logan and Xavier live in a secluded area past the Mexican border with another mutant acquaintance named Caliban. This desperate life soon comes to an end however as two parties contact Wolverine asking for his help.
A mysterious agent with a cybernetic arm, named Pierce, tells Logan to keep an eye out for a woman named Gabriella who is travelling with a young girl named Laura. Soon enough, Gabriella also contacts Logan looking for help transporting Laura up to Canada.
Circumstances leave Logan and Xavier unable to refuse helping Laura and soon enough the movie turns into a chase across state-lines as Pierce tries to track down Logan, Laura, and Xavier before they can reach the border.
Jackman and Stewart have been in these same roles for 17 years in various films and they both continue to excel. This film is intended as the last time each of them will be in these roles. Without spoilers, both of them are given a proper emotional send-off.
This is a film which will have its true quality decided in coming years as more X-Men films are made. If Jackman or Stewart reprise their roles then I think the emotion in this film will be lost. It is hard to get in the proper mindset of saying farewell to these actors if in a few years they’re back again doing the same old things.
This movie is special because of the finality it represents for Hugh Jackman, and Patrick Stewart to a lesser degree. Charles Xavier was already recast in earlier X-Men films with James McAvoy, who has done a great job in the role. Logan has never been recast and very likely will be in future films due to the popularity of his character. If Jackman chooses to play Logan again then this film loses a lot of its emotional weight.
It is a bit unfair to judge the movie based off what happens in the future but this is the result of having series that have gone on for as long as the X-men films have. And when a movie has a clear tone and intention of sending off a character I think it is acceptable to judge it based of the emotion it is clearly trying to bring up.
There is a way for Logan’s legacy to live on, figuratively and literally. Laura fills Logan’s role very easily and continuing with Dafne Keen would be a good way to preserve the dignity of the film.
Speaking of Dafne Keen, she’s fantastic in her role as Laura. For most of the movie she doesn’t talk and her personality is an enigma up until that point. It is not until later that she starts talking and her fiery temper is revealed. I would certainly like to see her character again.
The action in Logan is strong as well, perhaps the strongest in the X-Men series thus far. Special thanks is owed to Deadpool for paving the way for more R-Rated comic book films to be made.
It is slightly ironic that the final Wolverine film is the first one that actually seems appropriate for the character. Up until now the character had been mostly declawed in order to keep with a PG-13 rating. Logan is a hard R due to the graphic violence throughout, though, in my opinion even X-Men Days Of Future Past was worthy of an R rating.
Overall Logan is probably one of the strongest films in the X-Men series, which is high-praise considering how good Days of Future Past was in my opinion. The gloves-off approach to making this film was a welcome thing and it’s a lot of fun to watch. This movie is the good kind of action film in my opinion where the action is great, and the dramatic bits are passable enough to avoid any typical complaints about the story. For these reasons, this movie can sit itself beside Watchmen as being a comic book film that transcends its genre and can simply be called a fantastic film. Overall, Logan gets a 5/5