For as long as I can remember I’ve always been a comic book movie fan with The X-Men series standing out mostly ahead of the rest. There’s just something about the whole franchise that you can’t quite explain except for the fact it’s just plain awesome and timeless. Cue in Logan (quite the unassuming title by the way), the latest offering in the blockbuster franchise and on the surface, it looks like another winner and a great addition to the whole offering…judging from the initial commentary seen and the series of trailers released. So just how does it measure up?
Cast – Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, Richard E. Grant, Boyd Holbrook, Stephen Merchant & Dafne Keen
Director – James Mangold
Genre – Science fiction/Drama
Running Time – 2h 21m
This is a near-future, one in which no new mutants have been born in two decades. As their numbers dwindled, Professor X’s (Patrick Stewart) dreams of a new stage in evolution slowly died. Logan (Hugh Jackman) is scraping a living as a limo driver in the town on the Mexican border and hustling for medication that he takes out south to a remote, makeshift home he shares with Caliban (Stephen Merchant), nursemaid to the infirm Professor X. Logan attempts to hide from the world and his legacy. However, when a mysterious woman (Elizabeth Rodriguez) asks for Logan’s help with Laura (Dafne Keen), a young mutant being pursued by dark forces, he is drawn back into action despite his hopelessness.
Logan is unlike anything you’ve seen before especially with the superhero tag attached to it. Yes the claws do come out as expected however most of it isn’t centered on the supernatural and instead is a very well thought out story that flows from one scene to the other, kind of reminds you of an old western when watching. It’s masterfully done and is probably far from what most thought it would be, after all it is Wolverine!
Hugh Jackman does what he does best and delivers a killer onscreen performance, this flick definitely was the perfect swansong for him as the legendary Wolverine. Something most don’t seem to mention though and one of the things I was mostly blown away by is the performance of fresh faced Dafne Keen who plays Laura, a true star in the making there. Her character was perfectly cast with her taking to it naturally and having some of the most brilliant fight scenes I’ve seen to date – she kind of made one watch in envy with all those moves and claws to fit. A special mention also deserves to go out to Patrick Stewart otherwise known by most as Professor X, the flick is a great farewell and tribute to him also.
As much as it’s a great movie to watch I kind of felt like some of the scenes could have been cut.
So does this mean that it’s perfect? Not quite, in as much as it’s a great movie to watch I kind of felt like some of the scenes could have been cut and made the movie longer than it should have been. Does that really matter though? No, it definitely doesn’t as the whole premise and offering more than makes up for it. Logan also sets the tone for a new X-Men ensemble possibly complete with new characters, plots and much more – I for one can’t wait to see what direction the franchise takes from this point on.
As you might have seen from previous commentary, Logan is a great movie that some have labelled as being the best superhero flick to date, there’s a good reason why that is. If you haven’t seen it yet…what are you waiting for? A movie that gets a 3.8 out of 5 rating from me definitely deserves your attention.