Logan is the third Wolverine movie and follows Logan as he reluctantly protects a little girl named Laura from mercenaries with the help of of Charles Xavier.
The previous two Wolverine films, X-Men Origins: Wolverine and The Wolverine, are not good movies at all. Origins is one of the worst superhero movies ever made, and its sequel, while an improvement, is forgettable and one of the more mediocre works of the genre. After Logan soared to 93% on Rotten Tomatoes, where it currently sits as of this writing, fans have been excited for Hugh Jackman’s final outing as Wolverine, and it lives up to every bit of the hype.
After portraying Wolverine for 17 years and having a starring role in seven films as the character, including Logan, Hugh Jackman brings his all to bring a satisfying end to this part of his career. He depicts Logan as a grizzled, worn-out, sick old man who has had enough. He has lived for nearly 200 years at this point, seen his friends die, and given up all hope. Jackman’s performance is so seamless, you believe that he himself has gone through all of Logan’s life and experienced everything he has felt. It may be too early to tell, but Jackman should get nominated for the Oscar next year. He is that great.
Newcomer Dafne Keen, who portrays Laura/X-23, is one of the best child actors I have ever seen. Even though she doesn’t speak much, she was the perfect choice to play a girl who can flawlessly express her emotions simply through facial expressions and brutality. You never see child acting like this, and it is something that child actors should aspire to be like, not to say that they should all be stabbing soldiers and removing limbs with such violence; they should rise to the same caliber as Keen. At this point, there is not telling if Keen will return to the role or if the character herself will be explored further in future films, but if that does happen, you will be excited to see her again.
As you all know, Logan is rated R, and it was meant to be so. This is the Wolverine film die-hard fans have always wanted to see. That said, you should be at least 16 to watch this movie. If you are reading this and you are a parent, DO NOT take your child to see Logan. Even if you like superhero films but ridiculous quantities of blood, gore, and disembodied parts leave you squeamish, this movie is not suitable for you. There is enough blood to fill up a bathtub, and the violence is very brutal. There is no limit to how far Logan will go with graphic violence; from claws going clean through heads, leaving blood everywhere, to half a head getting blown off, Logan is one of the most violent superhero films ever made, if not the most. Every stab and gunshot leaves gratuitous amounts of blood on claws, hands, and bodies. Although it was inspired to break all boundaries of violence by the success of Deadpool, Logan is far more graphic tenfold, putting Wolverine in his rightful territory. Unfortunately, it is not suitable for some audiences.
After making the unimpressive The Wolverine, director James Mangold had much room to improve for Logan, and he has created one of the best sequels of all time. This is not so only because of the fact that this is such a vast improvement over the second film, but Logan stands on such a high pedestal on its own. Through his directing, Mangold was able to help Jackman, Patrick Stewart, and Keen all bring their A-game. In fact, all of the actors and actresses nailed it. In a trilogy where two beloved characters were portrayed in the worst way possible, Mangold, who wrote the screenplay with Scott Frank and Michael Green, do Old Man Logan justice to make one of the best X-Men films ever.
Despite all of Logan’s success and praises, there is one weak link in the movie, and that is the villains. There are two main villains in this movie-Donald Pierce (Boyd Holbrook), Rice’s puppet and leader of the Reavers, the men who are after Laura, and Zander Rice (Richard E. Grant), surgical head of Transigen, an organization that creates mutant clones. Neither of them are given substantial character development to make them a formidable challenge for Logan or X-23 on any level, whether it be physically, emotionally, or intellectually. Rice is given so little that he just appears midway through the film out of nowhere and does nothing significant. Logan may have gotten everything else right, but not even it, as great as it is, could be saved from lackluster villains.
In the end, Logan is a brutal but beautifully-executed film, sends Hugh Jackman off with a bang, and is one of the best superhero films of all time.
Logan gets an A
“Now I meet people with full-color Wolverine tattoos on their backs. Thank God I did okay, because I think if I hadn’t, they’d spit on me in the street.”-Hugh Jackman
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