Logan stars Hugh Jackman as the titular character who has retired from being one of the X-Men. However, circumstances force him to claw up again. Here is our Logan movie review.
Logan Cast: Hugh Jackman, Sir Patrick Stewart, Dafne Keen, Boyd Holbrook, Stephen Merchant
Logan Direction: James Mangold
Logan Rating: (4.5/5)
If you have grown up watching Hugh Jackman as Wolverine, you might want to reach out to the screen during various points in Logan worrying that Wolverine i.e Hugh i.e Logan (They have become synonymous with each other after 17 years) might just drop dead at any moment. There, there, Hugh. Ten more minutes. And you don't have to be Wolverine, any more...
Logan, who has set aside his claws and has stopped being 'The Wolverine' in a distant future where no mutants have been born for 25 years, spends the entire film in various stages of being bloodied, bruised, battered and broken down. The X-Men are no more. Logan has lost his ability to self-heal and he is now making a living as a chauffeur. When he is not working, he drinks to forget his wounds, physical and emotional. And then there is a senile Professor X (Sir Patrick Stewart) at home to take care of.
So, far away on the Texas-Mexico border, hidden from civilisation, there is Logan, Professor X and the ever-helpful Caliban (Stephen Merchant). This is the family Logan has. And he is tired of getting into fights. Tired of losing those he cares for.
But do the bad guys ever stop coming? Enter Laura, a little girl who happens to have the same powers as Wolverine. And she needs protection. From the dastardly military-industrial complex replete with one-dimensional human villains we have become accustomed to seeing in the X-Men movies.
Before you know it, Logan unwillingly becomes the saviour of Laura (an excellent Dafne Keen), and the two along with Professor X find themselves caught in a road-chase-survival movie which is closer to films like Lone Wolf and Cub or The Road than it is to any Wolverine or X-Men film we have seen till date.
Writer-director James Mangold has a Western (3:10 to Yuma), a cop drama (Cop Land) and a decent superhero flick (The Wolverine) behind him. Pulling all his experience together, he has delivered a fantastic film with Logan, which is, quite frankly, the next pinnacle in 21st century superhero-filmmaking after Iron Man, The Dark Knight, Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Deadpool. Every time you start to think that the superhero film is dead, something like Logan comes up to show what more can be done with the genre.
If The Dark Knight was essentially a big-city crime film and The Winter Soldier was a Bourne film with superheroes, Logan does the same thing with the Western.
Here, the titular character played by Hugh Jackman is the classic world-weary lone wolf who is drawn into violence, reluctantly, sure, but he is a man of principle. He won't leave the weak behind. What makes matters more poignant is that Laura, like Logan himself, has been genetically engineered and that too from Logan's DNA. This makes Logan the little girl's father in a way. Add to that, Logan is dying. His powers are wearing off and throughout the course of the film, Laura, born and brought up in a laboratory all her life has finally found a dad.
Are you crying already?
With top-notch performances, including an effective slimy-villain act by Boyd Holbrook (from the Netflix series Narcos), a great screenplay and direction that (thanks to an R-rating) does not shy away from cinematic extremes, Logan is one hell of a watch! A perfect tribute to one of pop culture's most memorable characters and the one man who made him iconic for 17 years.
(The writer tweets as @devarsighosh.)