At last we’ve finally gotten the Wolverine movie we’ve all been waiting for. Thanks to 20th Century Fox and director, James Mangold. Yes, we’ve seen superb runs and flashes but nothing this deep or this epic.
LOGAN is a 2017 American superhero film featuring the Marvel Comics character Wolverine, played by Hugh Jackman. It is the tenth installment in the X-Men film series, and the third film focused on Wolverine, following X-MEN ORIGINS: WOLVERINE (2009) and THE WOLVERINE (2013). It stars Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, Boyd Holbrook, Stephen Merchant, Richard E. Grant and Dafne Keen.
The movie tells the story of our favorite marvel superhero, Wolverine. Set in a distant future in America where the number of mutants has reduced, Logan (Hugh Jackman) is seen struggling for survival (fact being that his old age now affected his healing abilities). He lives with Caliban (Stephen Merchant) near the Mexican border, where they care for Professor Charles Xavier (Patrick Stewart) who was also older and sick. Along the way, having lost all hope on mutants, a young mutant is having similar characteristics comes along, hunted by evil forces. After been reluctant to help, he is convinced by Xavier that the young mutant is his daughter (explaining the similar characteristics). During the process of finding a safe home for themselves, Logan loses everybody that helps him including Xavier and Caliban. After giving up on the young mutant, he is re-inspired by her and her friends, and he helps one last time in which he dies in the process.
The story was written by James Mangold and co-written by Scott Frank and Michael Green. The story was an emotional one moving in every single way that matters. Its uniqueness is as far away from anything X-Men we’ve ever seen before. In this case, that’s a very good thing as a break from the norm is highly appreciated. The fight scenes and pace was superb. I honestly could see Oscar nominations here on multiple fronts.
Hugh Jackman played Logan. A physically enhanced mutant with accelerated healing, dealing with his age and ailment. He is one of Charles Xavier’s caregivers, alongside Caliban. He is also seen as the main character of this film. This was probably his last film as the wolverine hence, giving the story a full glimpse of an older wolverine, tired and ill and still looking for peace. I think he was awesome here as always and certainly deserves recognition for that.
Patrick Stewart played Charles Xavier. A mutant who was the world’s most powerful telepath, founder and former leader of the X-Men. Charles’s telepathic abilities became unstable, and at times he didn’t even remember who Logan was. During the events of Logan, Xavier is cared for by Logan and Caliban.
Boyd Holbrook played Donald Pierce, a Transigen’s relentless, calculating and intense head of security, and leader of the militant Reavers who was sent to retrieve the young mutant, Laura, which brings him into conflict with Wolverine.
Stephen Merchant played Caliban, an albino mutant who could sense and track other mutant, who was helping Logan take care of Xavier.
Dafne Keen played Laura , the mysterious young mutant, who was “very much” like Logan, given that she is a female clone created from his blood, which was shown to be retrieved by the Essex Corporation at the end of X-MEN: APOCALYPSE. Eventually Transigen acquired some of Logan’s DNA, and began making clones to use as weapons.
This is by far the best Wolverine movie and possibly the best X-Men movie to date. It’s up there, and it deserves to be. Everything paid off in this film. It is emotional, It is character driven, It has heart, It is emotional. This is everything anyone could have wanted in a Wolverine film. By the end you will feel like you have reached the end of this long and emotional journey with Logan and it becomes hard to say goodbye. Obviously, there will be new actors to play Wolverine but I think Hugh Jackman will always be remembered for his portrayal of the character especially with how he brings it full circle in this final chapter. The final scene in this movie was one of the most powerful scenes ever.
This movie is sophisticated and delivers a grand, tragic story. The action fits in nice but serves the story first. Unlike other “dark” films, the tone is perfect and fits the character. The supporting characters are utilized in a comprehensive and cohesive manner and are wonderful in and of themselves.
I loved everything about this movie and they left it as if this was the perfect end to Hugh’s run.
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