Bravo Hugh Jackman, bravo.
Since the first X-MEN came out in 2000 Hugh Jackman has stuck with the character Wolverine for nearly two decades, either playing the lead role as the character or just as cameos , Jackman has never disappointed us with his portrayal as Wolverine (we don’t even think of X-Men: Origins, that just leaves a bad taste in our mouths).
So now here we have his final portrayal in Logan, and I can honestly say that I was not disappointed what so ever. So without further ado, let’s jump right in. And for those that don’t want to be spoiled, don’t worry, we won’t include any spoilers so you can be just as thrilled with the film like I was.
The year is 2029, the X-Men are gone and there hasn’t been a documented birth of a mutant in the last twenty years; Logan (Jackman) is older and his healing is much slower. He is taking care of an elderly and frail, yet very dangerous, Charles Xavier (Sir Patrick Stewart) with the help of another mutant in hiding, Caliban. In order to pay for Xavier’s medicine to keep him from having his “seizures”, which can be deadly to all around him, Logan drives as a limo chauffeur. Logan is suddenly stopped by a woman who wishes him to take her daughter, Laura (Dafne Keen), to North Dakota as they are being pursued by The Reavers. Logan is suddenly tossed back into the fray and is forced to protect Laura and get her to North Dakota and into Canada.
There are not enough words to express how a superb job Jackman did in this film; when he said it was his last time playing the character he meant it, and you can see it throughout the film. It’s a roller coaster of emotions; we’re seeing a character that we have watched for nearly 20 years in a weakened, vulnerable yet still dangerous state. And seeing Xavier in the state he is in wasn’t easy either. This too, like Jackman, is Sir Patrick Stewart’s last run playing Xavier and it perhaps is his best performance playing the character.
Dafne Keen playing Laura/X-23 was a thrill as well; for a good half of the film she doesn’t talk one bit yet still showed raw, expressive emotion during her fight scenes; her and Jackman’s chemistry on the screen was exciting to watch as they both played off of one another very well, especially since this was Keen’s first feature film.
Was the ‘R’ rating needed? In my opinion yes; Hugh Jackman was able to finally have the freedom to show the character of Wolverine in the most visceral, violent manner possible because let’s face it, Wolverine is a deadly terror and was very brutal in some of the character’s earlier story arcs in the comics and Jackman was able to accurately portray the character’s raw brutality everyone has been dying to see. We were given just a taste of that brutality in X-Men: Apocalypse when a young Jean Grey unleashed him on the Alkali facility. It’s also worth noting that Jackman took a substantial pay cut in order to get the film to an ‘R’ rating.
There aren’t many negatives that I could talk about, save for a few bad CGI moments, but I can’t complain too much about that with type of performance we got from Jackman, Stewart and Keen. However one disappointment I do have is the source material that Logan was based on. The story of the film does follow the Old Man Logan source material, or at least was used as a starting point. A lot of material was left out, but for obvious reasons due to film rights; like in Captain American: Civil War, the film was a watered down version of the comics. But again, I can’t complain too much because the film was still a tremendous success and a proper send off for Jackman and Stewart.
Logan is a roller coaster thrillride and at times can be emotional; it makes us wish Jackman still play the character as I feel that we are seeing Wolverine for the very first time. That’s just how awesome of a job Jackman did; the story is brilliant, the inclusion and introduction of Laura/X-23 makes us feel like the mantle of Wolverine is being properly passed (X-23 does take the title of Wolverine in the comics).
Logan is now in theaters.