The latest instalment to the long running X Men franchise finds itself with a Wolverine action movie with plenty of action and gore, but how does it stand up to the other X Men movies as well as the whole superhero genre?
Logan is the third solo Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) movie in the series, further adding to the life of our favourite mutton chopped indestructible killing machine. The year is 2029 and the world has undergone change, one of the major ones being that there are very few mutants in the world, due to something called the Westchester incident where Charles Xavier (Patrick Stewart) suffered a seizure which killed their former loved ones. As a result, Logan lives closely with Charles Xavier partly out of a sense of loyalty towards his former mentor but also because he believes he is the only one who can survive if this were to happen again. While trying to live a normal life with an elderly Charles Xavier they encounter a mysterious girl which puts all three of them in the crosshairs of an equally mysterious government funded military team which sends them on an adventure of survival and self-reflection.
What audiences worldwide might be asking themselves is why Wolverine is suddenly an old man? This question has two answers to it, with the year being 2029, Wolverine’s mutant power that used to instantly heal any injury and stop him aging have begun to degrade. The second answer being that Wolverine is currently an old man in the ongoing Marvel comics and in order to make the movies relatable to new readers of Marvel Comics who are coming out of the cinema and eager to read some recent Wolverine material, they can instantly jump right in. This may set off some red flags right off the bat because there is quite a big gap between movies with a minimum of ten years or so without the added confusion of reboots and time traveling conundrums.
For an action packed X Men movie, it definitely borrowed a lot from other movies, Logan felt a lot like a Western style movie with all the elements of a slasher action movie similar to that of Deadpool, with Wolverine chopping up his foes the same way a dog makes short work of their chew toys. Unlike most X Men movies parents probably should not take their children to see this movie as it is by far the most violent superhero movie to date. But the movie wasn’t just full of violence and bad language however there were plenty of heart-warming moments of self-reflection for Wolverine in particular as he tries to let go of his long history of war and conflict all to end with a very touching and somewhat emotional ending.
The acting is something else to take out of as all three of the main characters were brilliant. Hugh Jackman who once again picks up the role as Wolverine comes across as a lot more aggressive and violent (which is probably where majority of the MA rating comes from) as he is trying to live out a normal life for once. Patrick Stewart also returns as Charles Xavier, the psychic mentor to all of the X Men. However, this time around he has grown senile and is instead of presenting him to the proper authorities, Wolverine has opted to looking after the old man as opposed to the other way around in previous films. The most exciting performance was done by Dafne Keen who played the role of Laura, this role came across as the most surprising to me because when I was walking into the cinema I wasn’t expecting much out of her but ended up looking forward to every fight scene with her involved.
Logan was a solid conclusion to Hugh Jackman’s run as Wolverine. It wrapped up the Wolverine story nicely and set the new standard for future movies to come out of the super hero genre. Hopefully Ryan Reynolds can convince Hugh Jackman to pick up the role as Wolverine just one more time in the upcoming Deadpool movie.