Film Review: "Logan"

Whether it’s the critically acclaimed “X-Men: Days of Future Past” or the vastly-hated “X-Men Origins: Wolverine,” the franchise has continued to put out some of the best and worst superhero films of all time. But where does “Logan” fall under?

In the year 2024, Logan (Hugh Jackman) has aged since “Days of Future Past” and isn’t the Wolverine that he used to be. He now lives isolated from society and cares for an aging Charles Xavier (Patrick Stewart), who is suffering from Alzheimer’s. But he comes out of isolation to fight for one last cause after he discovers a little girl named Laura (Dafne Keen) is being chased by government agents, only to also discover that there’s more to her than previously thought.

Theatrical poster of "Logan" from ComingSoon.Net

Theatrical poster of "Logan" from ComingSoon.Net

One of the reasons 2013’s “The Wolverine” wasn’t loved by everyone was that it had a PG-13 rating, meaning the film wasn’t able to embrace the character of Logan/Wolverine. Therefore, it was a smart move by 20th Century Fox to give “Logan” an R-rating. Director James Mangold is able to utilize it in an effective manner that allows the film to reach its full potential as a Wolverine film. One of the strengths of the film were the action sequences,  mostly because of the R-rating. From the opening scene alone, it’s  clear that this is not like any other X-Men film (except 2016’s “Deadpool”). The action is exhilarating, thrilling, and most importantly, bloody.

Beneath all the gory action and swearing is filmmaking at its finest. James Mangold succeeded in creating a superhero film that never feels like a superhero film. It overall feels more like an indie film or a neo-western. James Mangold is also able to allow the actors to give it their all in this final outing of theirs.

This is Hugh Jackman’s best performance as Logan out of all the X-Men films. While he does a great job  in the previous installments,  he is able to bring the full ferocity and rage of The Wolverine plus the humbleness and humanity of Logan in this film.

Patrick Stewart brings a new side to Professor X that is not only really funny, but also very emotional, making him a highlight of the movie.

Dafne Keen is a huge standout in the film. Even though she provides much of the comedy in the film, she also proves to be just as ferocious as Wolverine and proves you don’t want to make her angry. But she also maintains some humanity within her that makes for a compelling character (which is impressive as she’s a lot younger than her co-stars).

Dafne Keen and Hugh Jackman in "Logan" (photo from Slash Film)

Dafne Keen and Hugh Jackman in "Logan" (photo from Slash Film)

The dynamic between Logan, Charles, and Laura is one of the biggest highlights of the film. The three of them feel as though they are an actual family. The relationship between Logan and Charles perfectly represents  how far both of them have come ever since they first met all the way back in 2000. And the relationship between Logan and Laura is also incredible, with Logan acting as a father-figure to the violent and aggressive Laura and her convincing Logan to fight for a cause again.

As for the villains of the film, Boyd Holbrook portrays Donald Pierce, who is leading the charge to capture Laura. While he’s not necessarily the best villain in the X-Men franchise, he is definitely a lot of fun to watch as he effectively moved the story along and acted as a formidable opponent against Logan.

Overall, “Logan” is the perfect farewell gift for Hugh Jackman as the titular character. This is not only the best X-Men film in the franchise, but also one of the best superhero films. A thrilling, emotional, perfectly violent adventure, the film demonstrates that superhero films can become something special. This film will go down as a statement that superhero film don’t have to be simple origin stories or blockbusters that end with a giant hole in the sky. They can also be deep character studies that focus more on the characters than the action or world-building. “Logan” is the Wolverine movie we have all been waiting for, and if this is Hugh Jackman’s final portrayal as The Wolverine, he definitely went out on a high note.