This month see’s the release of the latest Fox X-men movie instalments and while it’s certainly not the last we’ll see of the homo superior it very well could be the last time everyones favourite metal clawed Aussie makes an appearance.
Logan will be Hugh Jackman’s 9th movie as the popular Marvel comics character Wolverine in the last 17 years with varying success over the years, while fans can pretty much agree Jackman himself has always done a fantastic job portraying the character they can also agree that the Wolverine ride has certainly had its ups and downs. From his icon yellow and blue suit being replaced with a boring, all black, post matrix leather outfit that even made Keaton’s Batcowl look comfortable, to an ever changing time line and an origin movie that… well the less about Origins: Wolverine the better. But in 2013 James Mangold’s The Wolverine was released and just like the Canadian assassin himself, our faith in this character began to heal.
‘But what about Logan?!’ I hear you yell furiously at the screen in front of you. ‘Is it a second home run for Mangold and Jackman or is it another comic book movie that would be X’d out of existence?’ Well, you can stop holding your breath now. It’s good.
First things first this movie looks GREAT, although I would be hesitant to say that the movie was based on the Old Man Logan comic book run as hinted on by Hugh Jackman at Comic Con 2015 there’s no denying Mangold was inspired by the artwork when it came to the films look and locations. When the film begins we find Logan and another mutant called Caliban, portrayed by Hello Ladies’ Stephen Merchant, hold out in an old steelworks just south of the Mexican border. With Logan working as a limo driver, trying to scrape together enough money to purchase a boat, Caliban is left to look after an ageing and dementia ridden Charles Xavier (Patrick Stewart) who’s telepathic seizures are becoming more dangerous to those around him.
In terms of performances I believe Stewart is definitely the stand out. Not to say that everyone in this production isn’t great but his battle against his own mind and the disease destroying it is not only heartbreaking but at times emotionally exhausting in the best possible way, his portrayal is not only relatable to anyone who has had an interaction with somebody with a similar condition but I think perfectly showcases a fear a lot of us have that one day our bodies will just turn on us. We will no longer be the person we once were, recognise the faces we once knew and to be so affected when seeing that happen to a fictional character I think really speaks volumes of the writing and actors involved.
The catalyst for the movie comes when we meet Laura, a young mutant girl played by Dafne Keen, and government group trying to track down and capture her. As to be expected Logan reluctantly accepts the job of protecting this girl when it is thrust upon him and he and Charles attempt to take her from the Mexican border to a supposed ‘Eden for mutants’ in North Dakota all the while being chased by the shady government goons unlucky enough to be tasked with taking on the former X-men.
The rest of the movie is a barrage of pretty decent hand to hand (or should I saw claw to hand) combat and touching family-esk moments all set in front of the glorious deserted road trip backdrop Mangold is able to produce, at times making it feel like these characters are the only people in the world. A feeling of isolation that couldn’t be more fitting the character of Wolverine, in his final movie.
Overall I would say definitely go see this movie. If your a comic book movie fan maybe don’t go into it expecting colourful costumes and fun romp but you’ll still enjoy the characters, if in the past you’ve thought maybe superhero movies weren’t for you and maybe you’d like something a bit grittier I’d say your in luck too. Give Logan a chance and I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised.
Five adamantium claws out of six! Will certainly watch again.