Holy shit, guys. I am going to admit that I’ve never been a massive X-men fan. I was always team Iron Man and so I haven’t watched every X-men film there is. Shame on me, I know. However, I really wanted to see Logan. I’m glad I did. While I am going to write a long-ass review about it, I will give a short summary of what I am going to say; this film is absolutely fantastic. I was constantly on the edge of my seat. This film is a rollercoaster of emotions and whether you’re an X-men fan or not, you will love it.
In 2024 the mutant population has shrunk significantly and the X-Men have disbanded. Logan, whose power to self-heal is dwindling, has surrendered himself to alcohol and now earns a living as a chauffeur. He takes care of the ailing old Professor X whom he keeps hidden away. One day, a female stranger asks Logan to drive a girl named Laura to the Canadian border. At first he refuses, but the Professor has been waiting for a long time for her to appear. Laura possesses an extraordinary fighting prowess and is in many ways like Wolverine. She is pursued by sinister figures working for a powerful corporation; this is because her DNA contains the secret that connects her to Logan. A relentless pursuit begins…
Not your typical superhero movie
While Logan is an action-packed film, it is not at the centre of this movie. It is very story-driven and tells the demise of the once mighty Wolverine, who has lost himself in booze and pain after the extinction of almost all mutants. I found it very refreshing to see a superhero movie with a genuinely good story. Most of these movies are about saving the world, but Logan is essentially more about a character saving himself. It is not necessarily a superhero movie anymore, because the hero has hit rock-bottom and lost most of his powers. While yes, the film has villains, it is mostly Logan himself who is his own villain. A welcome change from the usual recipe.
Logan doesn’t shy away from gore and violence. I cannot recall the amount of limbs flying around, but there were plenty. Ever since Deadpool, superhero films have a carte blanche to use foul language, and this movie is certainly no exception. A lot of f-bombs are dropped, but I feel like it does contribute to it all. When I’m down in the gutter, I don’t sugarcoat things either. It is not surprising that the movie received an R-rating.
As I mentioned before, if you just go for the action, you will be disappointed. The main thing that makes this movie so great is the fantastic acting. While Hugh Jackman is phenomenal as a broken Wolverine, it’s Dafne Keen, X-23 or Laura, who steals the show. As Logan’s cloned daughter, she has a ferocity unmatched by most 12-year olds. She barely utters a word, but her facial expressions and actions do the talking. It is impressive for someone so young to be so good. I’m sure she has a promising future ahead of her. Let’s also not forget Patrick Stewart, who revises his role as Charles Xavier. He does so with a great amount of gentleness and sass. It works well with Jackman’s broken Wolverine and Keen’s feisty Laura.
Why should you go see it?
It is unusual for superhero flicks to have a good story. While action is great and all, a good movie is always driven by a good story-line. I think Logan perfectly combines the two. It is filled with enough action, but most importantly, it makes you feel. It might even make you cry. At the end of the movie, everyone in the audience of the showing I went to clapped. That rarely ever happens. It is then that you know you’ve watched a good film. It’s worth checking out!