By 2029, mutants are an endangered species. There hasn’t been a new mutant born for many years. Those who are left, live in hiding. One of them is Logan (Hugh Jackman), who now goes by his birth name James Howlett and is working as a limousine driver in Texas.
The years haven’t been kind to old Wolvy, and his healing factor doesn’t work as fast as it used to.
Logan lives just across the Mexico border, and because old habits die-hard, he’s keeping a secret: He’s hiding Professor Charles Xavier (Patrick Stewart), who is now in his nineties and has been classified by the government as a “weapon of mass destruction.” This is fue to Charles’ diminishing mental state having made him unable to control his powers.
Logan is hoping to buy a boat so he and Charles can live on the sea without causing any harm to those around them. Everything changes the day Logan is approached by a mysterious woman offering him $50,000 to transport a young girl named Laura (Dafne Keen) to the U.S./Canadian border.
As unknown government forces begin closing in on Laura, Logan, and Professor X. It then becomes clear to Logan, the he still has one more fight ahead of him.
“Logan” is the third solo Wolverine movie, and the second directed by James Mangold. This film is quite simply, one of the best comic book movies ever made.
“Logan” is a character-driven story, a drama rather an a full on action movie. Don’t get me wrong: there is plenty of violence in this movie. James Mangold delivers the Wolverine berserker rage you’ve been dying to see for 17 years. Two minutes into “Logan” and you know this is not like the other X-Men movies.
This is the most realistic X-Men movie by far, and in my opinion, the best X-Men movie so far. “Logan” is one film that even non-comic readers will enjoy. Heck, you’ll enjoy this movie even if you haven’t seen the other X-Men movies.
Hugh Jackman is finally given the chance to flex his acting muscle in an X-Men film, and the actor rises to the occasion. He captured the physical and emotional wear that this character has accumulated over his life. Some of my favorite moments were when Logan realizes he needs glasses to read, when he takes care of Charles, and when he tries to teach X-23 right from wrong.
Speaking of X-23, Dafne Keen, makes Laura/X-23 a memorable character despite the fact she’s mostly a silent character. But she’s able to do plenty of acting with her eyes, and with her mannerisms. Where Keen really excels is in the action scenes. Holy cow, she was awesome in those sequences.
But the show stealer was Patrick Stewart as Charles Xavier. This is easily his best performance as professor X, one that allowed Stewart to be funny, vulnerable and heartbreaking. For me one of the best scenes in the movie is the dinner scene at the farm-house. It was such a simple scene, and yet, it seemed like Patrick Stewart and Hugh Jackman were just two old friends sharing memories over a home cooked meal.
For the most part I loved everything about “Logan.” However, I do have one complaint about the movie: X-24 was a pointless villain. I get that the movie needed someone for Logan to go against, but the filmmakers could have created another Lady Deathstrike, or another mutant from the X-universe. They could even have brought back Sabretooth. For me going with X-24 seemed like a lazy move.
Regardless of my one complaint, “Logan” is one hell of a film. This is the Wolverine movie that fans have been begging for, and it has everything you could hope for. “Logan” is also the perfect send off for Hugh Jackman and Patrick Stewart. Never in a million years did I think an X-Men movie would bring me to tears, but I have to admit “Logan” did just that.
“Logan” final score: A