I’m just going to get right into this and say what the hell Marvel?!?! ****MAJOR SPOILER ON THE NEXT LINE****
How can you kill THE WOLVERINE?! I mean, he’s the freaking Wolverine! HE. CAN’T. DIE.
If you haven’t seen this movie yet and you didn’t heed my spoiler alert you are now aware of the ending of this movie and for that I apologise.
Logan is the third and final installment in the Wolverine trilogy spin-off from the X-Men movies. First was ‘X-Men Origins: The Wolverine’, where we see a young Logan, long before the X-Men and how he was created and how he got his blades. The second installment in the series was ‘The Wolverine’. This one was based in Japan where he discovers that someone has created the ability to make him mortal. The final movie ‘Logan’ is set in 2029, way in the future where there are no more mutants (so they think) and no more X-Men. All that’s left is a very sick and very much older Logan (Hugh Jackman) and Charles (Patrick Stewart) who still has the most powerful mind on the planet but is also in the early stages of dementia.
I know from my earlier statement it may seem like I didn’t like the movie. On the contrary, I think it was one of the best – if not the best – movie in the X-Men series. This movie is so raw in it’s delivery that it has a very realistic feel to it. The movie is very unique in it’s delivery and is nothing like the other X-Men/Marvel movies. Logan is more, how do I word it, grounded in reality, dealing with very real emotions and situations. I certainly wasn’t expecting the movie to be like this. I also wasn’t expecting The Wolverine to die either but there you go.
There are, however, a few issues (in my opinion) that I wish had been addressed. The first being that Logan DIES! (No I won’t be letting this go anytime soon). The second being that we are never really told why Logan is sick. Throughout the movie it looks and sounds as though it could be a human illness, which doesn’t make sense, and the only other indication is a very brief line from Logan saying he believes its the Adimantium that’s poisoning him. It is never confirmed or discussed properly so we’re still questioning what exactly happened that caused this. The final issue being the ‘big event’ that is never explained or expanded on. From the beginning of the film we get a sense that Charles or Logan did something BIG. And probably something quite bad. We get another sense of this later when Charles remembers that he hurt people. Is this big even the reason mutants are being hunted? Why there are no more X-Men?
Like all the X-Men movies we are jumping around in time. This can get a little confusing and often when a new X-Men movie comes out I end up watching a few of the others to try and remind myself whats meant to have happened so far. Because of this massive time jump in Logan (2029), I may just be jumping ahead with my questions or ‘issues’ I stared above. perhaps all will be answered in the next X-Men movie. So far the X-Men franchise hasn’t failed to deliver so I hope they continue to go strong. Even without The Wolverine….
The young actress Dafne Keen who played Logan’s daughter Laura, was just amazing. She didn’t have many lines to learn but she was amazing in showing her emotions and feeling through her facial expressions and body language. You would think she was a highly trained actress!
I will say that although I absolutely loved the movie, I did find it a little uncomfortable to watch at times. We’re used to seeing Logan kicking some ass and being strong and invincible. Instead we see an older, tired, sick Logan who easily gets overthrown in a fight. It’s difficult to watch. I miss the old Wolverine! However we do get to see the ‘upgraded’ version of Logan in all his big, muscly, kicking-ass glory.
Another thing I found hard was seeing the dynamic between father and daughter. I mean I think it was perfect for the feeling of the movie and I believe the way Logan acts towards Laura is exactly how it would be due to his personality and wariness. However, it’s hard to watch him basically self-destructing in front of his child and not being the father she so desperately wants. Again I think the dynamic is perfect for the movie, I’m just wanting a lovey dovey happy ending. (All chances of that happening were of coursed crushed when Logan DIES!)
Hugh Jackman has been amazing as Logan. I mean, he IS The Wolverine! I don’t think anyone could take that place. I also understand how taxing that role would be on his body. The diet and exercise regime required sounds like absolute torture to me so I can completely understand why he would be wanting to hang up his claws. That doesn’t mean he can’t make the odd appearance at a bar giving some very Logan advice or something in future X-Men movies….. #JustSaying.
How did you feel about Logan? Did you like the different style? Lets discuss in the comments.