Archive Review: Logan (2017)

I managed to miss this one when it came out, and for the three years since then.  Widely regarded one of the best CBM ever made, it’s about time I saw it.

Certificate: 15

Director: James Mangold

Screenwriter: James Mangold (story by), Scott Frank (screenplay by)

Starring: Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, Dafne Keen

Genre: Action, Drama

Runtime: 137 Minutes

Rating: 4.5 Stars

Reviewed by: Pearl

In 2029 the mutant population has shrunken significantly due to genetically modified plants designed to reduce mutant powers 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 they made her, with Logan’s DNA. A decrepit Logan is forced to ask himself if he can or even wants to put his remaining powers to good use. It would appear that in the near-future, the times in which they were able put the world to rights with razor sharp claws and telepathic powers are now over. – From IMDB

Comic Book movies are my jam, as we well know by now.  And until Joker was released recently, Logan was considered to be the best of the bunch.  So I have no idea why I have waited so long to watch it.  I guess I wasn’t ready to say goodbye to Wolverine quite yet.  But now that I have seen it, hoo boy!! That was one hell of a film.  This is the X-Men, but not as you are used to seeing them.  There are no spandex outfits or fancy gadgets here.  Instead this world is a lot darker and bleaker then the one we are used to. 

The X-Men franchise, though it does have a few gems, is inundated with films that are just…bad.  So this was a great way to, in the minds of many, complete the franchise.  We get to say good bye to some old characters, In really emotional and fantastically acted moments.  It brought back fan favourite Wolverine played by Hugh Jackman, for one last hurrah, and what a hurrah it was.  Finally allowing the character to be as fierce and violent as he wants meant we got to see a character we love in a whole new light.  Same with the ailing Professor Xavier.  It added a sequel to a tired franchise, without giving us the same shtick over and over again.

Newcomer Daphne Keen has been praised constantly for her role in this film.  For a role with so little dialogue, it is amazing how much she brings to the character.  There have been plenty of calls for her to return to the Marvel Universe in later films, and I for one hope that it does happen.  A continuation of her story and the stories of the other young mutants, done in this tone, in this world would be amazing to watch.

A fantastic film, whether you are a fan of superhero films or not, and not one that relies on you really having seen any other X-Men films or having a deep understanding of the lore involved, I would highly recommend for everyone to see this film if they haven’t already.

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