A brilliant send-off for Hugh Jackman as Wolverine.
The Wolverine and X-men films tend to be hit or miss. 20th Century Fox has made the brilliant X-Men: First Class (2011) but they’ve also made the likes of X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009). However, Logan for many people, has topped the lot.
The film begins in 2029 in a world lacking in mutants. Logan (Hugh Jackman) is attempting to save money, as a driver, in order to get him and Professor X (Sir Patrick Stewart) out of the country and to escape their legacy. However, a young mutant, Laura (Dafne Keen), turns up on the run from the dangerous Reavers which upends everything Logan was trying to achieve as he’s now out to protect the girl and get her to the safe haven.
The style of the film draws from a lot of classic films, with a distinct Western style too. There’s many shots reminiscent of Clint Eastwood Westerns, as well as the settings and the general on-the-run grit to the film. The best connection I could make is to the video game The Last of Us (2013), which is more than a compliment to the film because the game is nothing short of amazing, heart-harming, touching, brutally violent yet beautifully human, and Logan certainly feels a similar way.
As just mentioned, it’s a very, very violent film with a lot of decapitations, limb losses, brutal anger, stabbings, blood and gore from the first minute to the last. This level of violence has finally been brought over from the comics to Wolverine’s film representation, a true joy for fans of the comics and the films alike. It’s brutally honest in this respect and doesn’t hold back on the toll this takes on the ageing and struggling Logan. It’s strange to describe a superhero film this way, but the film feels very real and gritty. It surrounds itself in human emotion and the need to survive, to protect family (even Logan’s adopted family).
Furthermore, it’s not just Logan who is involved in this violence, but Laura too is more than capable of taking down her attackers, she has a similar abilities to that of Wolverine as she is an X23 attempt (a project to make soldier mutants, as was Wolverine). It does feel strange, yet even more “badass” to see such a young girl brutally kill so many people, but the film is all the better for it. She’s like a super-powered, somehow more brutal, Hit-Girl from Kick-Ass (2010).
Logan has much more to it than just this extreme violence though, it’s a very touching film about family and caring for the ones you love. Logan and Professor X’s father son type relationship continues throughout as you see just how much they’ve been through and care for one another. As well as this, Logan’s relationship with Laura is so loving and moving. Although he’s reluctant at first, toward the end of the film her safety is his primary concern as he takes on the parental role.
In summary, Logan is the perfect round off to Hugh Jackman’s time as Wolverine (if indeed this is the last time). The film rounds off Logan’s story (or stories depending on the messy Fox timeline) nicely by allowing him to grow old, fragile and become a father figure to Laura. As well as being a violent, brutal Western style superhero film, it’s more importantly, very moving and emotional.
It’s about family being more important than anything else, and that really hits home.