Logan Quick Review 8/10

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Well i finally got a chance to see Hugh Jackman’s final performance as Wolverine in “Logan” and I am still trying to process it…

Logan is directed by James Mangold and stars Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, Dafne Keen, Stephen Merchant and Boyd Holbrook.

Logan (Hugh Jackman) is much older and is in really bad shape. His healing factor has slowed down and he is starting to finally show his age.

Logan, whose real name is James Howlett takes care of a dying Charles Xavier (Patrick Stewart) who has intense seizures that cause him to send these psychic waves that leave people frozen and in excruciating pain.

After meeting a young girl, Laura (Dafne Keen) Logan is thrust into this fight against evil forces who want to kill Laura.

Without spoiling anything, I will say this is a great sendoff for both Patrick Stewart and Hugh Jackman. They really embodied these characters for the past 17 years and they give it everything in this film.

One of the best parts of the film is the dynamic and relationship between Logan and Charles. It’s also really funny to see Charles dropping F bombs and saying “Fuck you Logan!” HAHA This movie really focuses on how in a world without mutants, Charles and Logan really need each other and in a way Logan needs Charles more. Their friendship has been one of the bright spots in this franchise that has had its ups and downs.

Another great part about Logan is seeing how far Logan (Wolverine) has come since he first met Charles Xavier and joined his Institute. Logan is a broken man and won’t resort to bringing out his claws unless he absolutely HAS to and that was something that was explored in Logan and it really worked for me.

Logan is old, weary, tired, broken and just wants to be left alone, so when he does encounter some bad people he offers them a chance, but once they ignore his offer, THE CLAWS COME OUT!

The violence in this movie isn’t gratuitous to me it serves the story and the character of Logan. This post-mutant world is a violent and dangerous world. The violence underscores all the pain and rage Logan has to deal with and him trying to hold back the monster he truly believes he is.

The fact that Logan has been through so much and just wants to end it all is really sad too. It is brought up how Logan has considered committing suicide and how you can tell that he is just checked out. He is done with everything. He has lost everyone (minus Charles) and hasn’t had a normal life and just wants it all to be over. That is incredibly sad but also really profound, because he has always seen himself as a monster, “The Wolverine.”

The film also explores the idea of Logan being a father figure and how he missed out on the chance of having a normal life because of the Weapon X program. Charles also mentions wishing he could have had a normal life, perhaps not just in reference to his telepathic abilities but also his paralysis.

Dafne Keen (Laura, X23) is amazing in this movie and is able to go toe to toe with Hugh Jackman in terms of her acting and that is quite impressive for such a young actress. Dafne gave this movie some much needed depth and she helped develop Hugh Jackman’s Logan even more. She is someone to be on the look out for and has a bright acting career infront of her.

Logan is more of a character driven story and sacrifices having a great villain and is more concerned with focusing on the characters we have grown to love over the past 17 years. Hugh Jackman and Patrick Stewart went out at the top of their game.

Whether or not you are a fan of these films, go see Logan. There are a lot of layers to this film and I am sure upon rewatch I will catch things I missed the first time around.

What say you? Have you seen Logan? If so, did you enjoy it? Are you planning on seeing it? Whatever your thoughts let me know!

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