X-men as a franchise is quite different from other superhero comics according to me. There is a lot of human aspects to this world – world wars, humans vs. mutants living on the same planet and the pain and suffering each kind goes through. While the earlier X-men movies combined this human aspect with the glitz and glory of special effects and big budgets, Logan strips everything down to a story of regrets, guilt, despair and utmost pain.
Rating 8 on 10
Logan tells the story of real people – mutants and humans, in the grittiest way possible. And it’s all thanks to Hugh Jackman and James Mangold. They started this journey with Wolverine in 2013 but I guess got bogged down by expectations and studio limits. Those limits were completely unshackled in Logan, let loose like Wolverine by him and his so called daughter – Laura (played by Dafne Keen).
Logan follows Wolverine and Professor in 2029 when most mutants are dead and those living are at the end of their lifespan including Wolverine whose once indestructible body is now failing because of the same metal that made it indestructible. Professor’s powerful mind is riddled with dementia making it a weapon of mass destruction with seizures that threaten to annihilate the world. Logan is trying to make ends meet with a limo service making money to buy medicines for Professor in the black market and saving what he can so they can buy a boat and live on the ocean.
Their plan is interrupted when a woman with a child, Laura, wants Wolverine to take them to Dakota where the child will be safe. It turns out that Laura is a mutant too and their lives get embroiled followed by the second and third acts of death, murder, family bonding, pain, and suffering. There are some lighter moments thanks to Patrick Stewart and Hugh Jackman maintains his sarcastic humor but overall the movie is dark, moody and depressing which is the story Hugh Jackman has waited 17 years to tell.
He is absolutely brilliant in this movie – the preparation for the role shows and it shines. Patrick Stewart also said to have given up his character with this one, is as good as ever with a softer, more vulnerable side to him shown. But both of them have been usurped by Laura, feature film debut of Dafne Keen. She reminded me of Eleven (Stranger Things) – most of her role is without dialogue and she emotes only through her eyes and her action sequences. She is an absolute delight to watch.
There are a lot of good things going for this movie including the cinematography which gives you the feeling of a western with homage paid to Shane (1953). The music is great and lends itself well to the despair of the plot.
There are some misses as well. The antagonists are largely forgettable and a few plot holes which I can’t talk about without spoiler – so I will just let it be.
Overall, Logan tends to be many films all at once which is its strength – a gritty action film, a tender family drama and an intimate character driven-plot. What a way to go out Hugh Jackman – salute!
And here is some trivia which I thought was interesting:
- Both Hugh Jackman and James Mangold reportedly took a paycut to retain the rated-R category – which seemed to pay off.
- One of very few movies in which Stan Lee does not feature in a cameo
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