A fitting end to an iconic character and a career defining role for Hugh Jackman
Let me get this straight off the bat, “Logan” was a marvellous film, easily the best X-Men movie and quite possibly one of the best movies ever made. After the, somewhat, disappointment of 2016’s “X-Men: Apocalypse”, “Logan” threw all of the rules out of the window, establishes its own set of rules and sticks to them. And boy does it work.
From the very first scene, Wolverine, or Logan as he is referred to for most of the movie, is a burnt out and grizzled version of the character we have known and loved for the past 17 years. It serves a point to show how the effects of over 200 years of killing and what being a “hero” has done to Logan. There is violence, so I wouldn’t go if you have a weak stomach, but the movie finally gives us the Wolverine that we have been waiting for for 17 years. He is a shell of his former self, and yet he still knows how to kill.. We understand why he has decided to all but abandon humanity and live life the way he is, although the kills are spectacular and it’s the R rated film that many X-Men fans, myself included, have been asking for now for years.
As I don’t want to write too many spoilers, I won’t discuss the plot too much, however I will mention that the relationship between Logan and Charles Xavier (Patrick Stewart) is the most emotional and familial that has ever been seen before on screen, throughout the film there is a question of ‘What have these two been through since we last saw them in Days of Future Past?’, and the film unravels this beautifully. Newcomer Dafne Keen (Laura) is superb, more than exceeding even the highest of expectations with her part in the film. The film wasn’t all gritty and dark however, it had its lighter moments that did not feel cheap. Some of the more comedic moments were handed to Caliban (Stephen Merchant) but that does not mean he didn’t also get his time to shine dramatically.
What really works for this movie is that it not only works as an X-Men movie franchise sequel, it stands on its own two feet as a movie. Taking thematic points from movies such as “Unforgiven” and “Shane”, the latter of which Xavier and Laura watch together in a brief layover in Orlando City in the movie, it deals with an old gunslinger-style character having to protect one of his own.
Special mention must also go to the cinematographer John Mathieson, Oscar nominated for his cinematography work on “Gladiator” and “The Phantom of the Opera”, who created a visually stunning movie that, had it have been released before the Oscars, would have been in with a shot of winning Best Cinematography.
I laughed, I cried, and I felt grateful to have been able to see perhaps one of the greatest superhero portrayals of all time with Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine. It is most definitely my favourite X-Men movie, and quite possibly my favourite superhero movie ever.
By Jacob Livingstone
Posted by studentblog1 on 5 April 2017