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Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart and James Mangold (director of 2013's The Wolverine) are back for the third Wolverine, featuring an older, more broken, Logan than we've seen to date.
In the near future, a weary Logan cares for an ailing Professor X in a hide-out on the Mexican border. But Logan's attempts to hide from the world and his legacy are up-ended when a young mutant arrives, being pursued by dark forces.
Action, Science Fiction
Rating: R16 Graphic violence, offensive language & cruelty
In an era when super-heroics dominate the multiplex, Logan manages to offer something unique. For a start, Hugh Jackman and Patrick Stewart have been playing these characters for 17 years now, bringing with them the full weight of that history.
Also, Logan is easily the dourest super-hero film in history, surpassing even the Dark Knight trilogy. Characters you’ve seen in previous X-films suited up in spandex and kicking ass are now broken old men, kicking around various dusty locations, looking for an escape. With Jackman and Stewart given material more challenging than the usual comic book biffo, the movie reaches emotional heights previously unseen in the genre.
When superhero films decide to go grim and gritty like this, the outcome can be ludicrously ill-fitting (see last year’s Batman V Superman for a recent example). Logan follows the impulse to its extreme and by compromising nothing, it works. Crucially, character nuance is favoured over whiz-bang set-pieces, and the stakes remain mostly personal.
There are super powers on display but they’re always employed out of desperation. Everyone in Logan is vulnerable, even its previously-invincible hero. The movie is more concerned with the psychological toll of living an endless life, and having pain be a day-to-day part of one's existence (both giving it and receiving it). Logan keeps moving the goalposts with regard to what is acceptable in a comic book film, with relentlessly graphic violence that reaches horror film levels at certain points, but it’s always there to underline the film’s existential concerns.
Logan provides the tough, adult version of Wolverine that fans have been wanting for a long time, and it earns it not just with blood and f-bombs, but by saying a thoughtful goodbye to a long-lived character with real emotional weight. By the end, the film’s perfect, poignant final image feels incredibly well-earned.
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This is one Logang you really do want to join
Definitely an awesome ride, full on and thrilling from start to end with some real emotion mixed in there too. I enjoyed all of it really, I think it was done pretty much as well as it could have been. Definitely the best superhero movie I've seen full stop.
Entertaining, dark and poignant.
A pure example of how deep a movie about a simple comic book character can be.
Logan is not only a phenomenal entry into the X-Men universe but an all-around amazing film. It's a film that defies what we have come to expect in the super-hero sub-genre, in the best way possible. Its three leads: Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, and Dafne Keen are all outstanding and give the film its emotional weight. It has a plot that is rich in themes yet still easy to follow, and that allows for very well fleshed out character arcs and conflicts. It's an easy watch that deals with important themes whilst also having a satisfying amount of action that utilizes it's R-rating. All around an amazing film that gives a proper send-off to Jackman's iconic character.
a pint sized 'slash' fest
I've watched the X Men films and their spin offs but I must say I'm not that invested in the franchise, it is definitely a sharp departure from those other films, harsher and grittier with a body count to rival John Wick. I'm guessing this is a step in another direction for the franchise, a retirement of sorts for the old characters for to usher in the new, time will tell if this is a successful move or if diehards will revolt. I liked it and deeply saddened also as it seemed so final for those much loved characters.
Logan seems to offer the most faithful rendition of X-Men's Wolverine, if the response of its comic book fanbase was anything to go by. Hugh Jackman delivers peak rage levels and the film is bloody and laced with a good measure of profanity - an R16 rating well earned, though it's surprising that the rating wasn't stricter. Comparisons have already been made to The Dark Knight but perhaps that's heaping too much praise. Thematically it is one of the best superhero movies because the subject matter carries a serious tone and seems real. Child soldiers, refugee mentality, minority prejudice, difficulties of old age - all very relevant to the world we live in. Hugh Jackman pulls off a gem of a performance which finally sees him play this character, maybe in the best way possible - carrying a hard R rating.
Action with real emotional force
This film is beautifully made with tough and at times excruciating action. But the story is tangible, a tale of each man. We all love the super heros a bit because they seem immortal. This I'd a film about the mortality of these heros. Very worth seeing. The action with the young girl is amazing, and the actors are showing their skills big time.
The Perfect End
Dark, gritty, with a western feel to it, Logan is as grounded as a superhero movie can get. Limited use of over the top superpowers, and a limited cast, we are given an emotional ending to Hugh Jackman's 17 year career as Wolverine. Perfect casting, and although admittedly the villains were lacklustre, Jackman and Stewart provided Oscar worthy performances that had the audience full of emotion. It earns it's R-rating, and I'm glad it did, as the film would never have had such a gut-wrenching hold of me if they had watered this down.
With Logan being the last portrayal of Hugh Jackman as Logan and Patrick Stewart as Professor X, it is a bittersweet ending to a legacy that will not be forgotten.
With Logan you get a bit of everything, it’s hybrid mix of a road trip movie with some elements of a western and let’s not forget the superhero side of it. With Logan being the last portrayal of Hugh Jackman as Logan and Patrick Stewart as Professor X, it is a bittersweet ending to a legacy that will not be forgotten.
Logan was really great. Hugh Jackman is perfect as Wolverine and I couldn't see any other actor playing the character as good as he did. Not that you didn't already know that. The action is bloody and visceral. Logan and X-23 slashing enemies and chopping off heads and limbs is beautiful. This is the most unique superhero film I've seen in quite sometime. It's a more character driven story than the previous X-Men films which was refreshing. Logan is the Wolverine movie we've all been waiting for. Go see it. Grade: A-
Wolverine the R16
In what may be Hugh Jackman’s final donning of the iconic adamantium claws, James Mangold’s Logan marks the ultimate chapter in the stand-alone wolverine trilogy.
Having played Wolverine for an astounding 17 years, the character fits Hugh Jackman like a knuckle-less glove. However, that is as good as it is bad – the character hasn’t progressed, he’s just older.
Patrick Stewart, on the other hand, manages to bring a welcome freshness to the dementing Charles Xavier. His simply stellar performance portrays the much-loved character in a vastly different light, whilst maintaining him in essence.
Finally, Dafne Keen’s performance can only be described as intriguing. It’s difficult to fall in love with her character, or even determine her acting talent, as the 11-year-old killing machine spends the greater part of the film grunting, groaning and goring baddies.
Logan has been praised extensively for its unique premise: in a future where few mutants remain (X-Men: Days of Future Past), a less immortal Logan (The Wolverine) reluctantly protects a young female mutant (X-Men) from a government agency bent on creating their own killer mutants (X-Men 2, X-Men Origins: Wolverine).
However, Logan is much more bloodthirsty and violent than any of its predecessors; although every cut and slash is done purposefully, and for a reason: to mutilate, maim, and murder.
If you’re wanting a superhero film, then Logan is not that film. It’s merely a film that happens to have one person with insane mental abilities, and two others with retractable claws, metal skeletons, and self-regenerating bodies. That, and the same number of super-powered individuals as Captain America: Civil War. But, to be fair, half of the mutant children seem to forget they have these powers anyway. On that note, it seems unfortunate that the vast majority of the film’s mutants won’t be able to watch the film due to age restrictions.
Likewise, Logan is not an action film. Actually, no, it kind of is. It has three major action sequences – including the climax – and some smaller fight scenes throughout. But aside from those negligible details it is essentially a drama. A very bloody drama.
While it may be some time until we get Deadpool vs. Wolverine (if ever), Logan has – for now – topped the class with his rendition of ‘Another One Bites the Dust’.
If indeed this is to be Logan’s last outing, then what better way to end than in a blaze of gory?